|Stewart Finlayson, Gibraltar Museum. whc.unesco.org|
Gibraltar Caves has been inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision was taken by the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session, currently being held in Istanbul, in Turkey. This is Gibraltar’s first site on the list, and with it the United Kingdom’s list of World Heritage Sites reaches 30. The Gorham’s Cave complex, which includes its sister caves and surrounding cliffs, joins UK sites which include the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge and the Tower of London.
The Chief Minister’s acceptance speech was read to the Committee after the announcement. In it, Fabian Picardo said the Neanderthals had drawn the short straw when it came to being recognised as a part of humanity. It was therefore a humbling privilege, he said, to be participating actively in redressing the situation.
Museum Director, Professor Clive Finlayson, who has worked towards this aim, has described the news as a fairy tale come true. [...] GBC
Link 2: Gorham's Cave Complex - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Vídeo: Gorham's Cave Gibraltar - A UNESCO World Heritage Site (5min) - Gorham's Cave
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