Jordan illuminates historic sites in celebration of World Heritage Day

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AMMAN — Jordan celebrated World Heritage Day on Tuesday under the slogan of "Heritage Changes". اضافة اعلان

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Department of Antiquities illuminated some of the Kingdom's world heritage sites in blue or purple to mark the occasion.

The power of heritage
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, MakramAl-Qaisi, emphasized the power of cultural and natural heritage at local, national, and global levels.

The sites signify the achievements of past and present cultures, their diversity, innovation, social relations, values, and beliefs. Accoridng to Qausi, Heritage is an essential symbol that indicates the history and culture of people.

World Heritage Day encourages us to celebrate all world cultures, including the six sites in Jordan, while raising awareness of landmarks and sites, he added.

Qaisi also highlighted that Jordan aims to cooperate with other countries in preserving and protecting cultural treasures and natural areas worldwide through its six sites on the World Heritage List.

Heritage for Mankind
Department of Antiquities Director Fadi Balawi stressed that world heritage is a common wealth for all mankind, and protecting and preserving this valuable wealth requires collective efforts from the international community.

Celebrating this day, he said, is an opportunity to raise public awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the required efforts. Jordan and the Department of Antiquities have spared no effort to protect, develop, and sustain the sites listed on the Heritage List, as well as the 15 tentatively listed sites.

Balawi announced that the department will carry out several activities and initiatives aimed at raising awareness of these heritage sites, their significance, and the outstanding universal value of each site.

The department also held awareness lectures for schools to introduce students to the principle of world heritage and heritage sites.

The six sites
This year's slogan "Heritage Changes" aims to focus on the climate changes facing World Heritage Sites and address it with new methods in line with UNESCO protocols.

Jordan has six sites on the World Heritage List, which are Petra, Qasr Amra, Umm Al-Rasas, Wadi Rum, the Baptism site.