Water as artistic heritage

 


Water is considered not only a common good but also an artistic heritage.
Many natural places - that have water as dominant element - are often listed by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as of special cultural or physical significance.

This is the case of lakes, falls, seas, islands and “water cities” become UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See some examples.:

  • The Victoria Falls, some of the largest in the world, were declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1989. They are considered to be among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  • The Wadden Sea, in the southeastern part of the North Sea, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2009, thanks of its biological diversity.
  • The Phoenix Islands, consisting on eight atolls and two submerged coral reefs located in the central Pacific, have just been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. They are an ideal destination for those who can enjoy an exclusive trip.

Among the most famous World Heritage Sites, always characterized by water presence, there are many Italy destinations, too.

  • Venice is well known for its canals. It is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon. The islands on which the city is built are connected by 409 bridges.
    It is part of UNESCO List.
  • The Val d’Orcia was added to the UNESCO list in 2004. It is a region of Tuscany that includes among its Heritage Sites the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni. They are known since Roman times for the curative properties of its thermal waters and today they’re a special place for spending holidays in Tuscany

We could continue to describe how many other places have been understandably added in UNESCO List, but we stop here! Our purpose was only that to show how much important water is for our Heritage.