Mr Varadkar said such a review “could be a good idea” and he would consult the Housing and Heritage Ministers about such a move. The Taoiseach was replying to Labour leader, Brendan Howlin, who raised the issue. Mr Varadkar said a fire precautions review had taken place on apartment blocks following the Grenfell tower fire tragedy in London last summer. Mr Howlin asked if, following the Notre Dame fire if there were plans for an audit at heritage buildings such as Dublin Castle, Christchurch or St Patrick’s Cathedrals, or at similar buildings around the country. He said this could ensure these places are equipped with the latest fire protection systems. The Labour leader said what happened in Paris “should be a wake-up call” for Ireland’s heritage property managers. He suggested a fund for both private and public sectors to “ensure we take preventive measures in advance”. Mr Varadkar said there were no plans at present but it … [Read more...] about Notre Dame fire prompts Taoiseach to consider review of fire precautions at historic sites in Ireland
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0 Have your say Custodians of Culloden Battlefield say securing UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the historic landscape could be the only “sure fire way” of protecting it from developers. The battlefield, scene of the last pitched battle on British soil on April 16 1746, has come under increasing pressure from developments that fall within the historic boundary of the clash. The outlying areas of the battle ground, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites were defeated by British Government forces, are owned privately with planners equipped with few powers to block development depite the sensitive nature of the area.READ MORE: Historian asks ‘are we going to lose Culloden?’Raoul Curtis-Machin, operation manager at Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, which is owned by National Trust for Scotland said he believes securing UNESCO World Heritage site status for the site could be the only “sure fire way” of … [Read more...] about Culloden: Call for World Heritage Site status to protect battlefield from developers
There are now a staggering 1,092 Unesco World Heritage Sites. Is that too many? Given that the exhaustive list includes a Fray Bentos meatpacking plant, a German shoe factory, and a Belgian boat lift, the answer might well be “yes”. Then again, the lineup does not yet include St Paul’s Cathedral or the magnificent temples of Bagan, so perhaps there’s still room for more. The countries with the most World Heritage Sites won’t surprise you. Italy, with more Roman ruins than you’ve had hot dinners, is number one, with a whopping 54. Vast, ancient and fascinating China, the world’s most populated nation, comes second on 53. Spain, the second most-visited country on the planet, completes the top three, while joint-fourth is France (not a shock when you consider that Unesco’s headquarters is in Paris and its Director-General is French). But which countries punch above their weight when it comes to World Heritage Sites? Firstly, we worked out … [Read more...] about Which countries punch above their weight when it comes to World Heritage Sites?
Video PUBLISHED: 12:57 13 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:57 13 March 2019 Norfolk County Council's plans to build near a rare Second World War gun battery have been opposed by villagers in Mautby. Pictured from left: Steve Short, Bil Smith and Dean Hewitt. Picture: Chris Hill Archant It was built to defend Norfolk from the Nazis – but now this rare gun battery is under attack from the county council’s development plans, according to heritage campaigners. An RAF image of the Mautby gun battery in 1946, which is now overgrown with woodland. The protected area is shown in red, and Norfolk County Council's planned building is shown in orange, with the surrounding hardstanding in yellow.The Second World War anti-aircraft gun emplacement at Mautby, near Great Yarmouth, is regarded as the best example of its kind in the country.But this priceless piece of wartime heritage sparked a planning battle after landowner Norfolk County Council (NCC) applied for permission to build a … [Read more...] about Anger over council plans to build near rare Second World War site
1. The historic center of Saint Petersburg and related monuments The historic center of Saint Petersburg's monuments and sites have appeared in a short period of time and are closely interlinked. This was a rare occasion when a vast territory inhabited by millions of people was included in the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list. Why unique: one of the largest inhabited UNESCO sites. 2. Kizhi Pogost Dating from the 17th century, this site includes the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church, built completely out of wood. The pinewood framework doesn’t utilize nails (they were used only for the domes). Why unique: unrivaled wooden architecture in a distinctly Russian style. 3. Red Square in Moscow The central place of Russia’s capital in both historical and architectural sense, the Red Square as a heritage site holds the Kremlin, GUM store, Cathedral of St. Basil, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and more fascinating buildings. Why unique: a … [Read more...] about 17 fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites located in Russia