Is Unesco damaging the world’s treasures?

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La liste du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco critiquée

Villa del Puerto del Principe (Camaguey), site classé au Patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco à Cuba © AFP PHOTO/STR

It’s supposed to be the gold standard for conservation. But is Unesco’s World Heritage project harming the very places it seeks to protect? Simon Usborne investigates

In 1991, Dubrovnik, a fairytale fortress of Titians, Renaissance palaces and lemon-scented cloisters, was shelled by Serb and Montenegrin forces. Appalled by the siege of a city described by Lord Byron as the “pearl of the Adriatic”, the international community sprung into action.

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