Spanish embassy in Cairo celebrates World Heritage Day with photo display

Amr Yehia , Saturday 19 Nov 2022

The Spanish Embassy in Cairo celebrated World Heritage Day on 16 November with a public exhibition of photos around the embassy’s perimeter in Cairo’s Zamalek district that will remain on view through the end of the month.

Public exhibition of photos held around the Spanish embassy s perimeter in Zamalek
Public exhibition of photos held around the Spanish embassy s perimeter in Zamalek

 

The exhibition showcases a collection of photographs of sites that are inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage, located in Spanish cities such as Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Baeza, Cáceres, Ibiza, Mérida, Salamanca Toledo and Úbeda.

QR codes will be available so that passers-by can find out more about the sites in the photos.

Alvaro Iranzo, the Spanish ambassador in Egypt, said: “At the present time, Spain has 49 properties and sites inscribed on the World Heritage list – which are specially protected and preserved – out of these, 43 are cultural, four are natural and two are mixed. This way, Spain joins other countries in preserving and maintaining the rich cultural, natural and intangible heritage worldwide.”

He added that World Heritage Day marks the anniversary of the World Heritage Convention that was signed in Paris in November 1972.

There are a total of 1,154 properties in 167 countries around the world inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, divided into cultural heritage, natural heritage and mixed heritage.

Egypt contains seven such sites recognised by UNESCO, including, but not limited to, Historic Cairo, the Giza Pyramids and the Nubian monuments in Lower Egypt.

Egypt has a special place in World Heritage history, as it was the multinational effort to preserve the Nubian monuments from the flooding of Lake Nasser following the construction of Aswan Dam that spurred the signing of the World Heritage Convention.

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