The site consists of seventeen buildings in
Muharraq City, three offshore oyster beds, part of the seashore and the
Qal’at Bu Mahir fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island, from
where boats used to set off for the oyster beds. The listed buildings
include residences of wealthy merchants, shops, storehouses and a
mosque. The site is the last remaining complete example of the cultural
tradition of pearling and the wealth it generated at a time when the
trade dominated the Gulf economy (2nd century
to the 1930s, when Japan developed cultured pearls). It also
constitutes an outstanding example of traditional utilization of the
sea’s resources and human interaction with the environment, which shaped
both the economy and the cultural identity of the island’s society.
Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1364
These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period
of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were
important centres of learning. Sanahin was renown for its school of
illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the
highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique
style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical
architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the
Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's
last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the
trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much
endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over
50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well
as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.
The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley
represent the artistic and religious developments which from the 1st to
the 13th centuries characterized ancient Bakhtria, integrating various
cultural influences into the Gandhara school of Buddhist art. The area
contains numerous Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well
as fortified edifices from the Islamic period. The site is also
testimony to the tragic destruction by the Taliban of the two standing
Buddha statues, which shook the world in March 2001.
The square Mosque with its single great dome and four slender minarets,
dominates the skyline of the former Ottoman capital of Edirne. Sinan,
the most famous of Ottoman architects in the 16th century, considered
the complex, which includes madrasas (Islamic schools), a covered
market, clock house, outer courtyard and library, to be his best work.
The interior decoration using Iznik tiles from the peak period of their
production testifies to an art form that remains unsurpassed in this
material. The complex is considered to be the most harmonious expression
ever achieved of the Ottoman külliye, a group of buildings constructed
around a mosque and managed as a single institution.
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