- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 19:00
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to which Serbia has its own ambassador.
The World Heritage list includes almost 1000 properties of cultural and natural value, from all over the world, deemed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to be places of outstanding universal value.
Serbian sites so far added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites:
- Stari Ras and Sopoćani (1979) – includes Sopoćani and Đurđevi Stupovi,
- St Peter’s Church and the remains of the Ras and Gradina fortresses,
- Studenica monastery (1986)
- Mediaeval monuments in Kosovo (2004) – in 2006, besides Dečani, which was separately added in 2004, the monasteries of the Patriarchate of Peć and Gračanica were added, as well as Our Lady of Ljeviš church.
- Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius (2007)
In selecting the properties which Serbia put forward for inclusion in the World Heritage List, an emphasis was placed on Serbia’s medieval heritage, particularly monasteries and royal mausoleums belonging to the Byzantine sphere of cultural influence, but with recognizable national characteristics. As part of the UNESCO Memory of the World program, Nikola Tesla’s Archive (2003) and the Miroslav Gospel (2005) from Serbia have been added to the World Documentary Heritage register. Also, the UNESCO MAB Council has declared part of the Golija nature park as the Golija-Studenica Biosphere Reserve.
Official site: http://www.unesco.org