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UNESCO World Heritage in Lithuania: Do Tourists Know and Appreciate It?

2018-03-30

As many as 1,073 objects in 167 countries. This is the ambition of enthusiastic visitors of UNESCO World heritage sites who share their travel experiences on a special website. They also seek to visit four Lithuania’s values that are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. 

“Lithuania has 4 values included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, Estonia – 2, Latvia – 2, thus the heritage recognised by UNESCO can help our country become the leader of the region in the field of cultural tourism. For this reason, we have published a special publication Lithuania. UNESCO World Heritage in ten languages. We hope that the activities of visiting of UNESCO values will be included both in local and foreign tourists’ travel itineraries around Lithuania,” Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, Acting Director of the State Department of Tourism, stated.

The UNESCO World Heritage List contains Vilnius Historic Centre, the Curonian Spit, the Archaeological Site of Kernavė and the Struvė Geodesic Arc.

Also the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List contains the tradition of the Song and Dance Celebration, Lithuanian multipart songs and Cross-crafting.

The UNESCO international register “The Memory of the World” has the records of the Baltic Way; Radzwills’ Archives and Niasvizh (Nieśwież) Library Collection; and the The Act of the Union of Lublin document.

Meanwhile, Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve is the first and so far the only site of Lithuania which belongs to the global network of UNESCO biosphere reserves.

In 2015, Kaunas was declared the UNESCO Creative City, and in 2017, its (un)discovered modernist architecture was included in the preliminary list of the states of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

The publication Lithuania. UNESCO World Heritage released by the State Department of Tourism contains not only attractive presentations and descriptions of the aforementioned locations and objects but also offers itineraries with maps, museums, traditional events taking place, references, links, and photographs. The publication is available here (click the icon with the desired language). 



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