The Greek Culture Ministry has submitted a nomination file for the inscription of Zagori as a Cultural Landscape on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
According to UNESCO, “cultural landscapes – cultivated terraces on lofty mountains, gardens, sacred places – testify to the creative genius, social development and the imaginative and spiritual vitality of humanity”. To date, 119 properties with six transboundary properties on the World Heritage List have been included as cultural landscapes.
Zagori is Greece’s first candidacy in the field of culture.
According to Culture Minister Lina Mendoni, the submission of Zagori’s nomination file required the close cooperation of the ministry’s services with the region of Epirus as well as the involvement of a number of experts including archaeologists, historians, biologists, architects and many more.
“The cultural landscape nominatio required the involvement of the local community and area’s residents. We expect positive results from the file’s evaluation and believe that the inclusion of Zagori on UNESCO’S World Heritage List will offer added value to the region,” Mendoni said.
Zagori’s nomination file highlights the outstanding value of the cultural landscape as well as the area’s biodiversity, fauna and flora and unique natural environment comprising of rivers and the Vikos gorge.
It also focuses on the area’s history, rich architecture and monuments.
In addition, the file includes information on the intangible cultural heritage of Zagori comprising music, festivals and traditions.