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Czech stud farm makes UNESCO's World Heritage list

Jul. 16, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

KLADRUBY NAD LABEM, Czech Republic (AP) — A Czech stud farm founded 440 years ago to breed and train ceremonial horses to serve at the Habsburg emperor's court has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, acknowledging the significance of a tradition that has survived for centuries. The National stud...

19 hurt by falling tree branch at Azerbaijan UNESCO site

Jul. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's emergency service says 19 tourists visiting one of UNESCO's newest World Heritage sites have been injured after strong winds knocked down a massive branch from a nearly 500-year-old Oriental Plane tree. It says the accident took place Sunday at the Khan's Palace in the...

Egypt opens 2 ancient pyramids for first time since 1960s

Jul. 13, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday opened two of its oldest pyramids, located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the capital Cairo, to visitors for the first time since 1965. Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany told reporters that tourists were are now allowed to visit the Bent Pyramid and its satellite...

22 ancient amphoras found off Albanian coast

Jul. 12, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A joint Albanian-American underwater archaeology project says it has found amphoras that are at least 2,500 years old in the Ionian Sea off the Albanian coast, which might yield an ancient shipwreck. The research vessel Hercules of the RPM Nautical Foundation said Friday they had...

8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to World Heritage list

Jul. 7, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The work of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was recognized Sunday as eight of his buildings, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Los Angeles' Hollyhock House and the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. "Each of...

Fallingwater, 7 other Wright homes now World Heritage sites

Jul. 7, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The iconic Fallingwater home built over a western Pennsylvania waterfall by Frank Lloyd Wright has been designated a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO announced it added Fallingwater and seven other U.S. buildings designed...

Prosecco hills inscribed on Unesco World Heritage list

Jul. 7, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's northeastern Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, home to the world-famous sparkling wine prosecco, have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday congratulated Italy and its Prosecco region, located in the...

A list of African American sites getting preservation grants

Jul. 5, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This is a list of historic sites receiving grants from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, an effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation: — African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School (Museum of African American History) - Boston, Massachusetts. The...

Iraq celebrates naming Babylon a UNESCO World Heritage site

Jul. 5, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Friday celebrated the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision to name the historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site in a vote held in Azerbaijan's capital, years after Baghdad began campaigning for the site to be added to the list. The city on the Euphrates River is about 85...

Shrinking rural New Mexico villages putting churches at risk

Jul. 4, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Shrinking populations in rural New Mexico villages are putting aging churches at risk since the buildings aren't receiving the same upkeep as previous generations. The Santa Teresita Church in Mora County is one of several participating in a fundraising project to benefit some of the...