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Let me start off with Ethiopia

Trivia- "Ethiopia not only has the highest number of world heritage sites on the African continent, but one of the sites, the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, was one of the first sites that were chosen as a heritage site at the list's conception."

1) Axum, Ethiopia
The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are found close to Ethiopia's northern border. They mark the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. And one of the four powers of the ancient world for the most part of the first Millennium. The massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and the 13th century A.D., include monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and the ruins of ancient castles. Long after its political decline in the 10th century, Ethiopian emperors continued to be crowned in Aksum.

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Malawi Chongoni Rock-Art Area

Situated within a cluster of forested granite hills and covering an area of 126.4 km2, high up the plateau of central Malawi, the 127 sites of this area feature the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa. They reflect the comparatively scarce tradition of farmer rock art, as well as paintings by BaTwa hunter-gatherers who inhabited the area from the late Stone Age. The Chewa agriculturalists, whose ancestors lived there from the late Iron Age, practised rock painting until well into the 20th century. The symbols in the rock art, which are strongly associated with women, still have cultural relevance amongst the Chewa, and the sites are actively associated with ceremonies and rituals.
 

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Lamu Old Town
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Date of Inscription: 2001


http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1055

Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

 

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Fort Jesus
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Date of Inscription: 2011


http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1295

The Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1593-1596 to the designs of Giovanni Battista Cairati to protect the port of Mombasa, is one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 16th Portuguese military fortification and a landmark in the history of this type of construction. The Fort's layout and form reflected the Renaissance ideal that perfect proportions and geometric harmony are to be found in the human body. The property covers an area of 2.36 hectares and includes the fort's moat and immediate surroundings.

 

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Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors.Gondar previously served as the capital of both the Ethiopian Empire and the subsequent Begemder Province. The city has been referred to as the "Camelot of Africa" due to the presence of several royal castles.The city served as Ethiopia's capital until Tewodros II moved the Imperial capital to Magadala upon being crowned Emperor in 1855; the city was plundered and burnt in 1864, then devastated again in December, 1866.

 

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Egypt is risking alot next year if we don't improve our heritage. Believe it or not, but UNESCO gave us a notice that they'll remove all of our heritages from their site since they are at risk. Even the pyramids of Giza are threatened to lose their title from the world heritage.

Worth mentioning that the Egyptian pyramids are included in the necropolis of Memphis - From the pyramids of Giza till Dahshur which means it's a large part of the country that is at risk without speaking about Aswan, and many other sites.

We needs to do alot to improve our world class heritage or we'll be loosing our world class rank.

Here is my work in the university that i made on the pyramids. For those understanding french i invite you to take a look!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hwiuvbscyfa1kps/égypte12.pptx
 

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The pyramids go beyond any ranking and are in no danger. Unesco would lose credibility if they dropped them
 

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The pyramids go beyond any ranking and are in no danger. Unesco would lose credibility if they dropped them
They are not in danger, but the area around is at risk. Many things are taken into notes. The lack of proper management to protect the pyramids, lack of protection for the tourists, many thievers reported around in the plateau of Giza . Illegal archaeological excavation in the souther part of the area (Saqqara to Dahshur) same as improper use of Camels near the pyramids of Giza. The pyramids are in good shape, but the area around has downgraded lately. Many dots were seen few months ago, when the officials were deployed, they saw many illegal digs. The security vacuum was a total mess for our heritage as a whole.
 

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I think this thread belong in the photo section, and if everyone could organize their post (like Se9 does) it would be much more nicer to read/see. #bitching

Nice thread, Africa has a lot of treasure.
 

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Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Tanzania got seven world heritage sites..

Stone Town also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town") is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, as opposed to Ng'ambo (Swahili for 'the other side'). It is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat.​

Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
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Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania.

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. The Selous was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.

The reserve covers a total area of 54,600 km2 (21,100 sq mi) and has additional buffer zones. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted. All (human) entry and exit is carefully controlled by the Wildlife Division of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Some of the typical animals of the savanna (for example elephants, hippopotami, African Wild Dog, cape buffalo and crocodiles) can be found in this park in larger numbers than in any other African game reserve or national park.

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Harar Jugol, Ethiopia

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The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the eastern part of the country on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Harar Jugol, said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam, numbers 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines, but the townhouses with their exceptional interior design constitute the most spectacular part of Harar's cultural heritage. The impact of African and Islamic traditions on the development of the town's building types and urban layout make for its particular character and uniqueness.


 

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Tanzania got seven world heritage sites..

Stone Town also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town") is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, as opposed to Ng'ambo (Swahili for 'the other side'). It is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat.​

Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Extremely nice, since it's our next destination :) :cheers: :banana:
 

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Permission to drill in Africa's Oldest National Park Virunga (DRC) has been given. exploratory works are to start next year-
 

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Permission to drill in Africa's Oldest National Park Virunga (DRC) has been given. exploratory works are to start next year-
is it a unesco site ? I think DRC can still make a lot of money with tourism and hunting with out necessarily destroying that wildlife and history
in fact the tourism money will be more spread over the community compared to oil
 

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mapungubwe south africa

The Kingdom of Mapungubwe (1075–1220) was a pre-colonial state in Southern Africa located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers (22°2′S 29°36′E), south of Great Zimbabwe. The kingdom was the first stage in a development that would culminate in the creation of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe in the 13th century,[2] and with gold trading links to Rhapta and Kilwa Kisiwani on the African east coast
Mapungubwean society was "the most complex in southern Africa".[9] It is thought by archaeologists to be the first class-based social system in southern Africa; that is, its leaders were separated from and higher in rank than its inhabitants. Mapungubwe's architecture and spatial arrangement also provide "the earliest evidence for sacred leadership in southern Africa".[10]





 
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