Museum hosts exhibition celebrating 50 years of world heritage

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AMMAN — President of the Petra National Conservation Society and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Heritage Princess Dana Firas Monday opened a photo exhibition titled “50 Years of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Convention — Preserving the Past for the Present and the Future”, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Attending the opening of the exhibition, which is being held at the Jordan Museum, were Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Nayef bin Bandar Al-Sudairy, Director-General of the General Department of Antiquities  Fadi Balawi, Director General of the Tourism Promotion Authority  Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, UNESCO representative in Jordan Min Jeong Kim, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Petra Region Tourism Development Authority Suleiman Al-Farajat, as well as representatives of several international organizations.

The five-day exhibition, organized by UNESCO and the Department of Antiquities, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which seeks to identify, protect, and preserve cultural and natural heritage sites around the world.

Ratified by 194 countries, including Jordan, it is one of the most widely recognized international conventions.

Princess Dana Firas stressed the role the World Heritage Convention plays for the entire international community, and underlined the importance of preserving Jordan’s rich cultural heritage.

Balawi said the UNESCO Convention on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage plays an important role in promoting the preservation of Jordanian heritage sites.

Jordan has always been a “gateway to civilizations and cultures”, Balawi said, adding that the Kingdom is rich in archaeological sites and monuments that can be found over most of its territory, most prominent among them the six World Heritage sites.

“The sites on the list are a magnet for international cooperation, so Jordan aims to create a framework for international cooperation in preserving and protecting cultural treasures and natural areas around the world,” he added.

Min Jeong Kim said that the aim of the exhibition is to highlight the six unique and wonderful World Heritage sites in Jordan, and to raise awareness about the need to protect them, as well as thousands of other heritage sites in the country, not only for current generations but for future generations as well.

The exhibition, which was supported by the Linda El-Khoury Foundation for Photography, will display World Heritage sites in Petra, Wadi Rum, Umm Al-Rasas, Amra Palace, the Baptismal Site (Al-Maghtas), and Salt; it includes rare old photos from the archives of the Department of Antiquities and the French School of Biblical and Archeological Research in Jerusalem.

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