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Venice and Its Lagoon

Photo by Matteo Colombo / Gety Images.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates cultural and natural sites around the world that demonstrate exceptional value to humanity with the aim of protecting and preserving them. Today, these World Heritage Sites number 1,154.

Starting this month, the World Tribune will highlight one UNESCO World Heritage Site in every issue.

Venice and its Lagoon was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city, built atop 118 small islands in Northeast Italy’s Veneto Region, seems to float on the waters of the lagoon, presenting human activity and the natural environment in a unique dynamic. This architectural wonder boasts one of the highest concentrations of art masterpieces in the world, with even the smallest buildings containing works by some of the world’s greatest artists. 

—Prepared by World Tribune staff

Jan.1, 2023, World Tribune, p. 12

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