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Małopolska UNESCO World Heritage route

Małopolska UNESCO World Heritage route

The UNESCO World Heritage List was created in 1972. As the namesuggests, its aim was and still is to protect the world’s most precioushistorical sites and regions, which are important not only from thehistorical, but also from the cultural and environmental point of view.
It is not easy to be included on the prestigious UNESCO list. Nominatedsites must comply with a number of criteria, and the final decision onthe inscription is made by a special committee. The necessary, thoughnot only condition is the exceptional and universal value of theproposed site, as well as its authenticity. Since 1992, additionallymixed (cultural and natural) sites are distinguished apart from naturaland cultural sites. They are referred to as cultural landscapes andreflect the interaction between people and their naturalenvironment.  Fourteen sites from UNESCO list are located in Małopolska.
21 June 2013 is a unique data for all inhabitants of Małopolska. Then,the World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh unanimously made the decisionon entering into the UNESCO World Heritage List of 16 wooden Orthodoxchurches in the Polish and Ukrainian region of the Carpathians, of whichfour are located in the Małopolskie Region. This is an outstandinghonour, because the nominated objects had to meet two demandingcriteria: be a unique testimony to the cultural tradition and constitutean outstanding example of architecture. The temples in Małopolska, thathave been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List are: St. JacobChurch in Powroźnik, Church of the Intercession in Owczary, St.Paraskeva Church in Kwiatoń and Church of St. Michael the Archangel inBrunary Wyżne. These churches are a part of the Wooden ArchitectureRoute, which includes more than 250 different buildings and buildingcomplexes in the Małopolskie Region. These temples are not the onlyobjects of the Route which are inscribed in the UNESCO World HeritageList as in 2003 this honourable title was given to the wooden churchesin Binarowa, Dębno, Lipnica Murowana and Sękowa.

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