All archaeological sites in Egypt registered on the World Heritage List will be allowing Egyptian students in for free on Wednesday in celebration of World Heritage Day, according to the Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany.
The sites included on the list are Memphis and its necropolis, including the pyramid fields from Giza to Dashur, historic Cairo, Ancient Thebes with its necropolis, Abu Mena, the area around Saint Catherine’s Monastery, and the Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae. In addition, one natural site, Wadi el-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) is included.
Al-Anany has also revealed that all archaeological museums will be accessed free of charge for Egyptian citizens and Arab residents on Wednesday as well.
There are now 1073 cultural and natural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which admits sites of ‘outstanding universal value’ that meet one of ten selection criteria. World Heritage Day, launched in 1983, aims to raise awareness not only of the diversity of the planet’s cultural and natural heritage but of its fragility. It also highlights the ways in which we can protect and conserve this heritage while drawing attention to preservation initiatives worldwide.