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UNESCO lists Le Corbusier’s works among World Heritage Sites
Jul17

UNESCO lists Le Corbusier’s works among World Heritage Sites

UNESCO on Sunday (Jul 17) listed Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s works – including the Indian city of Chandigarh which he planned in the 1950s – among its World Heritage Sites. The decision was announced as the World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul resumed for a day on Sunday, after being suspended a day earlier due to an abortive putsch bid in Turkey which claimed more than 260 lives. The chosen...

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Clashes with Kurdish rebels devastate Turkish World Heritage site
Jul15

Clashes with Kurdish rebels devastate Turkish World Heritage site

When the United Nations inscribed the Roman-era walls of this mainly Kurdish city on its World Heritage list last year, it crowned a decade of efforts to rehabilitate a war-torn region. Within weeks, a ceasefire with Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey shattered, unleashing some of the worst fighting in a three-decade conflict and laying waste to swathes of Diyarbakir’s ancient district of Sur. Sur’s ruin casts a pall...

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UNESCO deplores destructions at the Maarrat al Numan Museum in Idlib province, Syria
May31

UNESCO deplores destructions at the Maarrat al Numan Museum in Idlib province, Syria

UNESCO has recently confirmed that on 9 May 2016, the Maarrat al Numan Museum was struck for a second time by an airstrike. One of the museum’s walls was hit and collapsed. Serious damage was sustained to the roof and main dome of the bathhouse. “In conformity with the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, I call once again on all parties to refrain from...

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