Cultural treasures recognized

November 1, 2017 -- Living City

Cultural treasures recognized
Sites in Cambodia, China and India added to Unesco’s World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee added three cultural sites in Cambodia, China and India to its list.

Cambodia — Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura. “The temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, this archaeological site has been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the Chenla Empire that flourished in the late 6th and early 7th centuries CE. The vestiges of the city cover an area of 9.7 square miles and include a walled city center, as well as numerous temples, 10 of which are octagonal, unique specimens of their genre in southeast Asia.

China — Kulangsu. A historic international settlement, Kulangsu is a tiny island located on the estuary of the Chiulung River, facing the city of Xiamen. With the opening of a commercial port at Xiamen in 1843, and the establishment of the island as an international settlement in 1903, this island off the southern coast of the Chinese empire suddenly became an important window for Sino-foreign exchanges. It is an exceptional example of the cultural fusion that emerged from these exchanges, which still remain visible in its urban fabric.

India — the historic city of Ahmadabad. The walled city, founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River, presents a rich architectural heritage from the sultanate period, notably the Bhadra citadel, the walls and gates of the fort city and numerous mosques and tombs, as well as important Hindu and Jainist temples of later periods.