The series of 12 sites represents Vauban’s genius and the outstanding universal value of his work. Each site illustrates a different facet of the engineer’s fortifications, thus forming a complete and perfect range of his work:
The evolution of his defensive designs ;
A complete geographical range with sites on the plain, on the coast and in the mountains ;
The type of work : new town, tower, fort, urban wall or citadel ;
The modification of pre-existing works or the creation of new fortresses.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) encourages the identification, protection and conservation of cultural and natural heritage throughout the world which is considered as having an outstanding value for humanity. This is the subject of an international treaty entitled “Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage” adopted by UNESCO in 1972.
For further information, please consult the World Heritage Centre website. Here you will find the answers to all your questions about how this organization functions, its activities, the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee and also numerous documents available for downloading. http://whc.unesco.org/fr
Thirty-five properties in France are inscribed on the World Heritage List, including 31 cultural ones, 3 natural and one mixed.
For the complete list, please consult: http://whc.unesco.org/fr/list
An Association of World Heritage French properties (Association des Biens Français du Patrimoine Mondial - ABFPM) was created in 2007 to enable all the different sites to pool their knowledge and share experiences concerning heritage conservation, protection, enhancement, management and events.
As a result, several different themed workshops have been held, in order to work together on eventual problem areas such as communication, management plans and international relations.
For further information, please consult:http://whc.unesco.org/fr/anbpm