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Medina Azahara inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List

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SHAFAQNA – The Caliphate city of Medina Azahara which is a medieval Arab Muslim town near the Spanish city of Cordoba remained from the 10th and 11th centuries, was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage on Sunday.

It is the 47th World Heritage List site to be inscribed in Spain, which already has 40 cultural, four natural, and two mixed sites listed, Daily Sabah reported.

The Caliphate city of Medina Azahara is an archaeological site of a city built in the mid-10th century CE by the Umayyad dynasty . It was founded in 940 or 941 by the Caliph Abd al-Rahman III as the seat of the newly created Caliphate of Cordoba. After prospering for several years, it was laid to waste during the civil war that put an end to the Caliphate in 1009-10. However, it was short lived, destroyed in 1010 during riots which brought about the end of the state. Its vast ruins speak to the legacy of Muslims in Spain and are accessible to tourists. The remains of the city were forgotten for almost 1,000 years until their rediscovery in the early 20th century. This complete urban ensemble features infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water systems, buildings, decorative elements and everyday objects. It provides in-depth knowledge of the now vanished Western Islamic civilization of Al-Andalus, at the height of its splendour.

Italy‘s 20th-century industrial city Ivrea , located in the Piedmont region near Turin, was also added to the list, the country’s 54th listing. Ivrea was built as a model community in the years between 1930 and 1960 by Adriano Olivetti, a progressive industrialist who businesses made typewriters calculators and computers.

Ivrea is the 54th Italian property inscribed on the world heritage list. 49 sites are cultural and five are natural.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee is meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama, where it is examining some 30 worldwide sites nominated for inclusion on its renowned list.

The UNESCO meeting is due to run until July 4.


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