Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

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Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

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UNESCO has announced that it has been added to the list of world heritage in danger Landmarks of the Ancient Kingdom of SabaMarib (Yemen), Rachid Karameh International Fair of Tripoli (Lebanon), and The historical center of the port city of Odessa (Ukraine).

“Odessa, a free city, a world city, a legendary port that has left its mark on cinema, literature and art, is therefore placed under the strong protection of the international community.” writes UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azouille said, “As the war continues, this inscription embodies our collective resolve to ensure that this city, which has always been through global upheavals, is protected from further destruction.”

Rachid Karami International Fair-Lebanese Pavilion of Tripoli

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The Rachid Karameh International Fair in Tripoli in northern Lebanon was designed in 1962 by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. According to UNESCO, “The fair was a key project of Lebanon’s modernization policy in the 1960s. The close collaboration between the project’s architect, Oskar Niemeyer, and Lebanese engineers gave rise to a remarkable example of intercontinental exchange.”

The World Heritage Committee added that the site is “due to a terrible state of conservation, a lack of financial resources for its maintenance, and the latent risk of development proposals that could affect the integrity of the complex”.

The Ancient City of Ma’rib Source: German Archaeological Institute, Orient Department

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The Ancient City of Ma’rib Source: German Archaeological Institute, Orient Department

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A landmark of the ancient kingdom of Saba, Yemen’s Marib contains “seven archaeological sites that bear witness to the rich kingdom of Saba and its architectural, aesthetic, and technological achievements from 1.St millennium BC to the advent of Islam around 630 CE,” according to UNESCO.

The agency described the irrigation system of ancient Marib as its “technological skill in hydrological engineering and agriculture unmatched in ancient South Arabia, resulting in the creation of the largest ancient man-made oasis.”

These sites were added, “due to the threat of destruction from the ongoing conflict.”

World Heritage sites, according to UNESCO, “must be of outstanding universal value” and meet at least one of 10 selection criteria. The criteria include representing a “masterpiece of human creative genius” and “testimony to a cultural tradition or civilization, living or extinct.”

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