UNESCO has designated Viking sites of Haithabu and Danewerk in Schleswig-Holstein as a World Heritage site. The sites were a unique testimony of Viking Age and ir cultural traditions, shared Committee of UN Cultural Organization. A total of 43 German monuments belong to World Heritage Site.
"14 years of work on this outstanding nomination have been successfully completed," said German UNESCO director Maria Böhmer. Now it is Haithabu to preserve Danewerk as a heritage of mankind. "The site makes it clear that our history has always been characterized by trade and exchange across national borders."
The fortifications Danewerk and Haithabu trading centre are among most important archaeological testimonies of norrn Europe. The Danewerk was sourn border fortification of Danish Empire from 7th to 12th century. The approximately 30 km long plant ranged from Hollingstedt to Haithabu near Schleswig. About a fifth of ramparts are still intact.
The Viking settlement of Haithabu was one of most important medieval settlements in norrn Europe, with at times up to 2,000 inhabitants. The city was destroyed in 1066 and was largely forgotten. The place has been excavated archaeologically since 1900. In 1985 Land of Schleswig-Holstein established a Viking museum.
UNESCO also put Victorian-Gothic and art-deco buildings in Indian metropolis of Mumbai, twelve Christian places in Japan, and seven Buddhist mountain temples in South Korea on list of World Heritage sites at ir meeting in Bahraini Manama. Germany is still hoping for anor entry: on Sunday application of Naumburg Dom in Saxony-Anhalt will be decided.
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