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Memphis and Its Necropolis (Pyramids Of Giza)
Transcript of Memphis and Its Necropolis (Pyramids Of Giza)
Memphis and its Necropolis can be found at these coordinates: 29.9792 'N 31.1342 'E
Reasons why classified as World Heritage site
Importance of having World Heritage sites
Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. World Heritage sites belong to all the people of the world and we need them to identify, preserve and protect cultural and natural heritage, those considered to be outstanding, around the world. If we didn't have World Heritage sites, sites such as the Galapagos Islands or the Taj Mahal would have been destroyed long ago and people of the present day would not have the experience of visiting them. Even Memphis and its Necropolis would have a highway through it, destroying the pyramids.
The government & UNESCO have many roles in preserving Memphis and its Necropolis. These include:
Protection of the site by providing technical assistance and professional training;
Establishment of management plans and set up reporting systems on the state of conservation of the site;
Promotion of public awareness-building activities for World Heritage conservation
Encouraging participation of the local population in the preservation of Memphis and its Necropolis
-To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;
The Pyramids of Giza represent ambitious character of the undertaking and perfection of construction, as an absolute masterpiece. The Pyramids of Giza were the tallest structures built using human hands, and ultimately the Pyramid of Khufu was the tallest structure ever built until 1889 (when the Eiffel Tower was erected). Also, on the vast scale of a continent, the pyramids a perfect example of architecture integrated into the landscape.
-To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;
The ancient engineering feats at Giza were not only impressive but teach us much about the communities who built them and the political power necessary to make it happen. The builders were skilled, well-fed Egyptian workers who lived in a nearby temporary city that became a highly organized community, rich with resources, that must have been backed by strong central authority.
Patterned after the triangular hills of the desert, the pyramids provided years of employment for the citizens of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. It's likely that the building of the pyramids was a national project to display the wealth and control of the ancient pharaohs. Many believe it was the Pyramids that built Egypt—rather than the other way around.
The pyramids are an architectural feat that cannot be duplicated with our modern technology and advanced knowledge. Many, including the Japanese, have tried to build a smaller pyramid to scale, but have not been successful.
-To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance.
Built during a time when Egypt was one of the richest and most powerful civilizations in the world, the pyramids—especially the Great Pyramids of Giza—are some of the most magnificent man-made structures in history. Their massive scale reflects the unique role that the pharaoh, or king, played in ancient Egyptian society. Though pyramids were built from the beginning of the Old Kingdom to the close of the Ptolemaic period in the fourth century A.D., the peak of pyramid building began with the late third dynasty and continued until roughly the sixth (c. 2325 B.C.). More than 4,000 years later, the Egyptian pyramids still retain much of their majesty, providing a glimpse into the country's rich and glorious past.
How can you help?
To help preserve Memphis and its Necropolis as an individual or group you can:
Volunteer: Join the UNESCO interning or volunteering programs. The UNESCO accepts students from a wide range of disciplines for strategic activities or to perform administrative or technical functions.
Travel: Even if you choose not to join UNESCO, you can practice sustainable tourism by respecting local culture and customs and not damaging sites or littering when visiting. It is important to continue to visit sites, even endangered ones (assuming that there is no immediate physical threat to visitors, such as warfare or violent crime), so as to contribute to the local economy and to draw attention to the constant need for repair and renovation
Spread Awareness: You can help by creating an awareness of the importance of preserving these invaluable sites by sharing news and links through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Donate: Lastly, monetary donations are the most direct way to support UNESCO and its projects.
As quoted on UNESCO’s World Heritage site, we can work together to “encourage international cooperation in the conservation of our world’s cultural and natural heritage” to preserve our world for ourselves and future generations.