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World Heritage

Since 1972, it has been a part of UNESCO's remit to protect the world's cultural and natural heritage by guaranteeing the preservation of eminent sites, monuments and regions

Registration on the UNESCO World Heritage list is a scheme to encourage the identification and protection of cultural and natural heritage that has outstanding universal value.

The decision to list a site, monument or ensemble depends on the value of the heritage in question – natural heritage, cultural heritage or a combination of the two.

To have 'outstanding value', the site must have an importance that reaches beyond national geographic boundaries and a character that will stand the test of time.

Stages and dates in the candidacy of the Hillsides, Houses and Cellars of Champagne:

In 1972, those countriesthat signed the Convention were invited to nominate heritage assets of outstanding universal value. In 2014, the Hillsides, Houses and Cellars of Champagne were nominated for the list, with the specific support of the Comité Champagne.

On 4 July 2015 in Bonn, Germany, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted to include the Hillsides, Houses and Cellars of Champagne on the World Heritage List – a listing that recognizes the outstanding universal value of the cultural wine-growing landscape of Champagne.

Other examples of sites in Champagne-Ardennethat are registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List

● 1991: Cathedral of Notre-Dame, basilica and former abbey of Saint-Rémi, and the Palace of Tau, Reims (France)

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the former abbey of Saint-Rémi and the Palace of Tau in Reims each demonstrate the distinctive blending of innovative 13th Century architectural techniques with sculpted decorations. Additionally, under an 11th century nave of the former abbey lie the remains of the Archbishop Saint Rémi, who commenced the holy anointing of the kings of France.

These remarkable architectural ensembles have featured on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1991.

• 1998: The Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de l’Epine, Châlons-en-Champagne and its surrounding region (France)

Throughout the Middle Ages, Santiago de Compostela was the most important destination for innumerable pilgrims travelling from all over Europe. To reach Spain, the pilgrims had to cross France. Since 1998, these two monuments have been included as UNESCO World Heritage sites by virtue of their place on theroutes to Santiago deCompostela.


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