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812 Wonders of the World (and Growing)
In 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sponsored an international agreement to start a World Heritage List of sites that make up the heritage of all humankind. There are now 812 sites on the list–812 world wonders–and more are added every year.
In 2001, the Taliban government of Afghanistan used tanks, explosives, and anti-aircraft guns to destroy two ancient and colossal statues of the Buddha in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley. Outraged, Belgian photographer Tito Dupret started the World Heritage Tour, an effort to photograph–using 360-degree panoramas–all of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, recording them for posterity and giving everyone virtual ownership of the cultural wonders of the world. Just click and see the world’s cultural riches now.
Source: Knowledge News
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