Fire ravages Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
“Notre Dame represents an architectural, cultural and religious heritage, a unique literary heritage that speaks to the whole world,” said Ms. Azoulay. The cathedral is widely regarded as the most beautiful example of French Gothic architecture, which includes innovative use of the rib vault and buttresses, colored stained glass rosettes and sculptural decorations. Construction of the church began in 1160 and continued for a century.
The Director-General also announced that a rapid assessment of the damage would take place as soon as possible. “We are already in contact with experts to assess damage, preserve what can be preserved and consider measures in the short and medium term,” she said.
The assessment would be undertaken with the authorities concerned, including national, local, site management and Church authorities to develop an appropriate plan in order to avoid further damaging the site and to recover as much as possible of the original elements. Subsequently UNESCO would accompany and support the authorities in the recovery, rehabilitation and rebuilding of the damaged heritage site based on accurate documentation based on archival material, photos, films, historic documentation, plans and drawings (whc.unesco.org)
"Safeguarding for a Better Future for All", Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Address by Irina Bokova,
Director-General of UNESCO
on the occasion of her visit to Kadir Has University “Safeguarding the Past for a Better Future for All” Kadir Has University, Istanbul 7 January 2015
Professor Mustafa Aydin, Rector of Kadir Has University,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Professors and Students,
Thank you for this invitation.
I am honoured to be here to launch the new UNESCO Chair on Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites and to have this opportunity to speak before the staff and students of Kadir Has University.
Opening Ceremony of the UNESCO Chair on Management & Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media & Community Involvement on the 7th of January took place at Kadir Has Univeristy.
UNESCO Director General Madam Bokova attends the opening ceremony of the UNESCO Chair at Kadir Has University