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UNESCO award to Norway. The latest World Heritage Committee approval round includes Rjukan-Notodden as a designated World Heritage site. Five new places were added to the World Heritage List during the Committee’s current 39th meeting in Bonn, western Germany. These are the Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway), The Forth Bridge in Scotland (UK), the Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District (Germany), the Necropolis of Beth She’arim (Israel), and the San Antonio Missions (USA).

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UNESCO award to Norway

Published on Monday, 6th July, 2015 at 10:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 6th July 2015 at 10:37.

The latest World Heritage Committee approval round includes Rjukan-Notodden as a designated World Heritage site.

Water power station at Rjukan
The hydroelectric plant was completed in 1911.Water power station at Rjukan
Photo: G.Lanting/Wikimedia Commons


Five new places were added to the World Heritage List during the Committee’s current 39th meeting in Bonn, western Germany.

These are the Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway), The Forth Bridge in Scotland (UK), the Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District (Germany), the Necropolis of Beth She’arim (Israel), and the San Antonio Missions (USA).

Rjukan and Notodden commenced their application as Norway’s candidate in 2009. Mayor of Telemark, Terje Riis-Johansen believes that the World Heritage status will boost tourism and give the area a new start.

“This is a great day for Telemark. It gives us an opportunity to gain international regard for our unique industrial history,” he told NRK, Sunday.

The industrial site includes a group of hydraulic centres built by Norsk Hydro to manufacture fertilizer from nitrogen in the air. 

Built in the early 20th Century to meet the demand for agricultural production, the site comprises hydroelectric power plants, transmission lines, factories, transport systems and towns.

Rjukan is also the location of the Vemork heavy water plant, which the Nazis used during WWII as part of Hitler’s plan to develop a nuclear bomb. There have been several anniversaries in recent years commemorating the attacks on the facility.

The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge that opened in 1890 and is the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge. The red bridge spans between South Queensferry and North Queensferry and was constructed after eight years of labour.

Germany’s Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus are two central urban zones in the German port city of Hamburg. Speicherstadt was built between 1885 and 1927 and is one of the largest coherent historic ensembles of port warehouses in the world.

The Necropolis of Beth She’arim is a landmark of Jewish revival in Israel, consisting of a series of catacombs developed from the 2nd Century BCE. It is an important Jewish burial place which followed as the result of the failure of the Jews’ second revolt against the Romans.

San Antonio Missions is a group of five mission complexes located along the San Antonio River basin in southern Texas. The missions were built in the 18th Century by Franciscan missionaries and show examples of Spanish and Coalhuiltecan cultures co-existing.

World Heritage status is given to sites of “outstanding universal value”. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) seeks to preserve and protect cultural and natural heritage around the world.




Published on Monday, 6th July, 2015 at 10:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 6th July 2015 at 10:37.

This post has the following tags: unesco, rjukan, heritage, notodden.





  
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