UNESCO and MAPIN launch unique co-publication on World Heritage Sites of India

New Delhi : UNESCO and MAPIN Publishing will launch on 27 August 2021 a volume packed with rich texts and photographs, never assembled before and focusing on all UNESCO World Heritage sites of India. The publication, entitled ‘Incredible Treasures’ will make its virtual debut between 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. For registration click here.

It will be launched in the presence of Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Mr Raghvendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture; Dr V B Mathur, Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority; and Mr Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director and Representative. The event will be moderated by Dr Shikha Jain, World Heritage Expert and Director, DRONAH, the main Editor of the publication (She worked together with the late Vinay Sheel Oberoi, former Ambassador of India to UNESCO.)

Though the sites across India have been inscribed individually, they collectively contribute to a cohesive historical narrative of India’s extremely diverse archaeological and architectural spectrum, as well as natural sites. The publication offers a stunning view of all World Heritage sites of India – two more sites were recently added in July – described together for the first time with informative, accessible commentary and spectacular photographs. \

‘Incredible Treasures’ has benefited immensely from the research and contributions of many experts in the fields of architecture, cultural conservation, sustainable heritage development, wildlife and ecology. It is available for sale in English at selected book stores near you, or on Amazon in India and most of Europe and the United States. Other language editions are expected soon.

In the 167 countries where they are currently listed, UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites are landmarks of outstanding historical, cultural and natural significance. UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.


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