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International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day)

18 April, 2021

A heritage site is a place of cultural significance. It preserves the legacy of intangible attributes and physical artifacts of a society or group that is inherited from previous generations. The International Day on Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day and endorsed by UNESCO in 1983, is to raise awareness of the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, to draw attention to the vulnerability of these places, and to celebrate the work of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The Day involves a range of activities, conferences and visits to heritage sites and monuments. The World Heritage List includes over 1,100 sites globally. While on this continent be sure to visit Australia’s World Heritage listings (some of which have multiple sites):

See also the Australian Heritage Database.