The World Heritage Committee has put four new sites on the World Heritage List. Let’s see which sites are these in the order in which they have been inscribed. Read on.
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)- Selected from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are extended to seven countries and are proof enough of a novel architectural technique far removed from the past. They took a long time to be built, and Le Corbusier called it “patient research”. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. National Museum of Western Art, The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) the Tokyo (Japan), and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) also show how solutions were found out to the problems that arose out of finding new architectural techniques. All these magnificent creations also reflect the internationalization of architectural practices all around the world.
Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda)— This site has some buildings made in Georgian style . It has very pleasant natural scenery, the bays covered by highlands that prevented the attack of hurricanes was also suitable for getting ships repaired. The British navy would not have been able to construct the Dockyard without the work of the enslaved Africans. The main idea behind it was to preserve the well being of sugar cane planters when European powers were fighting to take control over the Eastern Caribbean.
Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil)—The Pampulha Modern Ensemble was the central part of a wonderful garden city project made in 1940 at Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. It has a ballroom, a casino the Golf Yacht Club and the beautiful Francisco de Assis church. It also has an artificial lake around it. Architect Oscar Niemeyer created it, along with other artists who had novel ideas. The influence of the Brazilian climate and local traditions can be seen clearly.
Khangchendzonga National Park (India) – It is situated at the centre of the Himalayan range, in Sikkim/. Diversity of plains, lakes, valleys, snow-capped mountains define this national park. It has the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga.. There are various mythological stories attached with this mountain and it is also worshipped by indigenous people of Sikkim.