World Heritage is a world vision
Everyone is part of it
In 2012 UNESCO celebrated the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention – visit UNESCO’s website
Imagine a world of understanding and respect for local culture. People have always envisioned a better future for humanity, based on our shared past and common aims. Everyone is part of it.
World Heritage reflects this vision’s values. Focusing on cultural and natural sites and monuments, World Heritage is both a concept and an institution that aims to safeguard the heritage of humanity for future generations. The mission of the UNESCO World Heritage Center is to actively protect and promote World Heritage, highlighting the universal value of culture. Extending beyond physical monuments and sites, UNESCO also aims to protect the Intangible Heritage, taking the concept of World Heritage even further.
The Acropolis of Athens, a unique monument of one of the most influential cultures in human history, was recognised as a World Heritage site in 1987. In acknowledgement of its gravity and symbolic presence throughout history, UNESCO has stated that the Acropolis can be seen as the symbol of World Heritage itself: “Illustrating the civilizations, myths and religions that flourished in Greece over a period of more than 1,000 years, the Acropolis, the site of four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art – the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erectheum and the Temple of Athena Nike – can be seen as symbolizing the idea of world heritage” (UNESCO Ref.404, 2006 document).
It is precisely the beauty, depth and symbolism of the Athenian Acropolis that make its physical and conceptual restoration essential. This year the world is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. Now is the time for all museums, institutions and educational establishments to shake hands and restore culture by bringing the fragments of World Heritage sites back together. Considering the Acropolis as the symbol of World Heritage, there has never been a more appropriate time to reunite all of the Acropolis sculptures together and celebrate a new era of cultural understanding. It is the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Acropolis as a World Heritage site, but also as an iconic European Heritage site and a historical reference to democracy, which highlights the need to restore the physicality and conceptual content of the monument at its original location, as a milestone of cultural progress.
Being part of a global community of natural and cultural wonders, what does World Heritage mean to you? Humanity is inspired, we all want to make creative steps forward. It is about progress.
World Heritage is a vision reflecting humanity’s evolution.
“Symbolizing the idea of world heritage” (UNESCO)
Reuniting the symbol of World Heritage
“The Unity of a Unique Monument” (UNESCO)
Destination Acropolis: see the symbol of World Heritage
List of World Heritage sites in Greece
April 18: World Heritage Day