List of World Heritage Sites in Cyprus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
World Heritage Sites in Cyprus

This is a list of World Heritage Sites in Cyprus as inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.[1] The Republic of Cyprus accepted the convention on 14 August 1975, making its sites eligible for inclusion on the list. As of 2018, there are three World Heritage Sites in Cyprus, all of which are cultural sites.[2]

In addition to its inscribed sites, Cyprus also maintains eleven properties on its tentative list.[3]

World Heritage Sites[edit]

UNESCO lists sites under ten criteria; each entry must meet at least one of the criteria. Criteria i through vi are cultural, whereas vii through x are natural.[4]

Site Image Location Year listed UNESCO data Description
Paphos A colorful mosaic showing various people. Paphos District 1980 79; iii, vi (cultural) An ancient city which, according to classical mythology, was the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and sexuality. A temple dedicated to her was built in the 12th century B.C. by the Myceneans and the city is also home to the remains of villas, palaces and theaters, all of which are of great historical and architectural value.[5][6]
Painted Churches in the Troödos Region Fresco in Pedoulas of Constantine and his mother Troodos Mountains, Limassol and Nicosia Districts
1985 351; iii, vi (cultural) A complex of churches built in the time of the Byzantine Empire.[7][8]
Choirokoitia Small white circular huts with flat roof. Larnaca District 1998 848; ii, iii, iv (cultural) A Neolithic settlement whose remains and excavations shed light on the evolution of human society in the Eastern Mediterranean, and which was occupied between the 7th and 4th millenniums B.C.[9]

Tentative list[edit]

In addition to the sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage List are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list.[10] As of 2018, Cyprus recorded eleven sites on its tentative list.[11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Heritage Convention". UNESCO. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Republic of Korea". UNESCO. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Tentative List – Cyprus". UNESCO. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ "UNESCO World Heritage Centre – The Criteria for Selection". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  5. ^ "SBAA website". sbaadministration.org. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Paphos". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  7. ^ "Painted Churches in the Troodos Region". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  8. ^ "Decision – 25COM X.B – Painted Churches in the Troodos Region [Extension to include the Church of Ayia Sotira, Palaichori] (Cyprus)". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  9. ^ "Choirokoitia". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  10. ^ "UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Tentative Lists". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Archived from the original on 20 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ "UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Tentative Lists: Cyprus". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Archived from the original on 16 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.

External links[edit]