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Barbados Debuts into UNESCO World Heritage List

  • 06-Jul-11 11:25
  • Barbados
  • Breaking Travel News

Tourists will have the chance to visit a world-famous historic attraction during Barbados holidays now after this week Bridgetown's Garrison and British colonial architecture was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee.

Barbados Debuts into UNESCO World Heritage List

Travellers taking Barbados holidays will have the chance to visit one of UNESCO’s latest additions after the island’s capital, Bridgetown, and its Garrison made the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites.

During their visit to Barbados, tourists can admire Bridgetown’s British colonial architecture which includes the historic well-preserved town which was built during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the military garrison with its array of historic buildings.

The site is the first in Barbados to join the UNESCO World Heritage Site List and it was added along with two other sites; the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, and Hiraizumi; which comprises a number of temples, gardens and archaeological sites that represent the Buddhist Pure Land in Japan.

This year, 35 natural and cultural sites and properties were reviewed by the World Heritage Committee at the 35th session which took place in Paris from 19th to 29th June, 2011. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Bahrain but due to the country’s political unrest and the declaration of a state of emergency, the session was moved to UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.

Barbados is a tropical island situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, north east of Venezuela, and is one of the leading destinations for Caribbean holidays.

The island’s white and pinkish coloured sandy beaches attract holidaymakers from all over the globe. The calm turquoise waters are teeming with marine life including colourful coral reefs that offer fantastic conditions for scuba diving Barbados holidays.

Tourist taking holidays to Barbados can enjoy a wide range of activities including sailing, surfing, snorkelling, diving, fishing, and excursions to the island’s boutique shops and traditional markets, nature reserves including the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary; and charming towns such as Holetown, Speightstown, and Bridgetown. The island also boasts a varied selection of accommodation options with Barbados hotels ranging from inexpensive Bed and Breakfast, to luxurious beachfront all inclusive resorts.

The UNESCO websites states: “The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.”

Famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Pyramids of Egypt, Iguaçu National Park in Brazil, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, The Great Wall of China, Old Havana and its fortifications in Cuba, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, Taj Mahal in India, the Old City of Jerusalem, and Westminster Abbey in London, UK.

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