World Heritage #0394 – Venice and its Lagoon

Last updated Sep 22, 2019 | Published on Aug 20, 1991Italy, Southern Europe, World Heritage Sites

A sinking city is left to rot. Seemingly. There is a constant fight against the forces of nature going on in this splendid city of northern Italy.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

 

Official facts

Country: Italy
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 394:

“Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.”

 

My visit

Home of Marco Polo and other Venetian sea and land travellers, one of the most romantic cities in the world, and one of the most endangered ones too. Venezia continues to fascinate all visitors. Me too when I was there in 1991.

Read more about my visit. 

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