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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sees its mission in preserving the cultural and natural heritage. A possible demise of the witnesses of gone by cultures, artistic master pieces and unique natural landscapes would be an irreplaceable loss. That is why the protection of this precious heritage is seen as a task of the international community instead of being the responsibility of a single state. Until today, 187 states signed the "Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage".

 


Sites, which have been declared as world heritage by the UNESCO, are listed in the "World Heritage List". It contains 911 monuments in 151 countries, while a difference is made between cultural and natural heritage and such which belongs to both categories. Critically endangered sites are placed onto the so-called "List of World Heritage Sites in Danger".

 


All sites that can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List embody exceptional heritage of humanity and are worth a visit. With its nomination as a World Heritage Site international interest and attention are brought to a monument. Consequently, this status also brings along particular effects for the regional tourism. The challenge is to pay attention to different factors such as cultural education, international interest, conservation and preservation of the monument as well as authenticity and consideration for traditions and customs of the community and region.


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In the TRANSROMANICA-regions the following World Heritage Sites can be found.