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August 13, 2023

List of Endangered Cultural World Heritage Sites in Europe Set

Four cultural sites located in Europe are listed as endangered by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, but more may be added in the future.

Historic Centre of Vienna (2017), Romania’s Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (2021), the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo (2006), and the Historic Centre of Odesa (2023), are all part of the list, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The historic centres of Lviv and Kyiv, Ukraine, are currently under consideration for inclusion in the endangered list, too, due to the ongoing war in the country.

The Volcanos of Kamchatka, a natural World Heritage site in Russia, is being considered for inclusion in this list as well.

In addition, the organisation wants to add Venice, Italy, to its List of World Heritage in Danger. The authority has urged the Italian government to exhibit “utmost dedication” in confronting the enduring challenges that Venice has encountered.

According to the same, Venice stands as a repository of deep cultural and historical significance among the 1,157 locations bestowed with the distinction of being a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

UNESCO also noted that a significant concern that clearly emphasises the city’s infrastructure, environment, and cultural heritage is the challenge of over-tourism in Venice, highlighting the disparity between the population of over 50,000 residents and the potential increase of up to 110,000 daily visitors during peak tourist season.

In addition, during Carnival 2019, a total of 193,000 individuals flocked to the historic centre in a single day.

Other world regions such as Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Venezuela, Libya, Mali, and Ukraine have also been included in the list of 55 locations across the globe that are currently facing a spectrum of threats, ranging from war and natural disasters. Some of the most recent are:

  • Rachid Karami International Fair-Tripoli, Lebanon
  • The Historic Centre of Odesa, Ukraine
  • Landmarks of the Ancient Kingdom of Saba, Marib, Yemen

Several other sites have been on the endangered list due to specific incidents, such as fires, as in the case of Tasubi Tombs in Uganda. Other areas are facing threats posed by ongoing construction projects. This is evident in cases involving historical sites in Egypt and Uzbekistan and the historic centre of Vienna.

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