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World Heritage Day 2023, Date, Theme & History

World Heritage Day 2023

Each year 18 April is celebrated as world heritage day.  The day is designated by ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) to celebrate human heritage at the same time to raise awareness about the need for preserving World Heritage. The historical monuments are repositories of human evolution and the development of civilization. They not only represent the masterpiece of human creativity but also represent the times of yesteryears. This article below has all the information on World Heritage Day 2023.

World Heritage Day 2023 Date

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) promotes the celebration of World Heritage Day 2023 on 18 April 2023. Heritage refers to the rich cultures, traditions, objects, monuments, and activities that have been carried forward for generations. World Heritage Day is a great opportunity to explore and appreciate the heritage sites nearby. It is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the significance of these sites.

World Heritage Day 2023 History

The idea of observing World Heritage Day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982, and it was later accepted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1983. April 18th was designated as the date to commemorate the adoption of the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 1982.

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World Heritage Day 2023 Theme

The theme for World Heritage Day 2023 is “Heritage Changes”. As proposed by ICOMOS, this theme presents an opportunity to explore traditional ways of knowing and knowledge systems in the context of climate action. It emphasizes the use of cultural heritage as a means to promote equitable protection for vulnerable communities in the face of climate challenges, aligning with the United Nations Decade of Action. This theme encourages reflection on how heritage can play a role in addressing climate change and supporting sustainable actions for the benefit of current and future generations.

Heritage Sites In India

Here is the list of heritage sites in India.  The World Heritage Sites are declared by UNESCO.

Heritage Sites In India
Site Name Location
Agra Fort Uttar Pradesh
Ajanta Caves Maharashtra
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi Madhya Pradesh
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park Gujarat
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) Maharashtra
Churches and Convents of Goa Goa
Elephanta Caves Maharashtra
Ellora Caves Maharashtra
Fatehpur Sikri Uttar Pradesh
Great Living Chola Temples Tamil Nadu
Group of Monuments at Hampi Karnataka
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram Tamil Nadu
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal Karnataka
Hill Forts of Rajasthan Rajasthan
Historic City of Ahmedabad Gujarat
Humayun’s Tomb Delhi
Jaipur City Rajasthan
Jantar Mantar Rajasthan
Kaziranga National Park Assam
Keoladeo National Park Rajasthan
Khajuraho Group of Monuments Madhya Pradesh
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya Bihar
Mountain Railways of India, including Darjeeling Himalayan Railway West Bengal
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks Uttarakhand
Nilgiri Mountain Railway Tamil Nadu
Palaces of Rajasthan Rajasthan
Qutub Minar and its Monuments Delhi
Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) Gujarat
Red Fort Complex Delhi
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka Madhya Pradesh
Sundarbans National Park West Bengal
Taj Mahal Uttar Pradesh
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier Chandigarh
The Jantar Mantar Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai Maharashtra
Western Ghats Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu
Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai Maharashtra
Rani Ki Vav Gujarat
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