France welcomes the unanimous decision to add two new sites - Taputapuātea and Strasbourg, Grande-Île et Neustadt - to the World Heritage list during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Krakow from July 2 to 12.
A political, ceremonial, funerary. and religious center, Taputapuātea is an exceptionally sacred landscape in French Polynesia on the island of Ra’iatea.
It illustrates the expansion of Polynesian peoples throughout the Pacific, their organization, and their spiritual and cosmological relationship with nature and space.
An addition to a site listed in1988, Strasbourg, Grande-Île et Neustadt is an urban complex typical of the Rhineland, centered around the Cathedral in a region that symbolizes French-German reconciliation.
These two new additions bring to 43 the number of French inscriptions on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.