Philadelphia is the Nation's First World Heritage City

After being granted the status of an Observer Member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (www.ovpm.org) in 2013, the City of Philadelphia has become the Nation's First World Heritage City in the United States in 2015, formally receiving the designation this evening through a vote taken by the XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru.

The designation comes as the result of a two-year campaign and is expected to enhance the City’s international stature and provide a new growth engine to drive tourism and commerce in the region.

 


 

The star at the right of the tower represents what we, as Philadelphians, aspire to for the next generations.
The lines to the left of the tower, represent the "ideas" that propel us as a city, and the "place" that put us on the map.
Independence Hall symbolizes the modern democracy and popular sovereignty we can all be proud of!

 

 


 

 

    

 

Thank you William Harvey and Cultures in Harmony for this fabulous video and for including Philadelphia World Heritage City Project.‪  #‎Americancultureis‬

 

 

  

 

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Philadelphia Becomes First U.S. City To Be Selected As 'World Heritage City'  CBS Philly  Alexandria Hoff reports.  
November 9, 2015
Philadelphia was just named the first World Heritage City in the United States. By NBC10 | Nov 6, 2015
November 9, 2015
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS_ PHILADELPHIA — America's birthplace has been named the country's first World Heritage City, putting it on par with Jerusalem, Cairo, Paris and other places recognized for their impacts on the course of human events.  
November 7, 2015
Por The Associated Press - FILADELFIA — El lugar del nacimiento de Estados Unidos es la primera ciudad de Estados Unidos que es declarada Patrimonio Mundial de la Humanidad, colocándolo a la par con Jerusalén, El Cairo, París y otras ciudades reconocidas por su impacto en el curso de acontecimientos humanos.
November 7, 2015
Par Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press – Philadelphie, le lieu de naissance des États-Unis, est devenue, vendredi, la première ville américaine à figurer sur la liste des villes du patrimoine mondial, rejoignant Jérusalem, Le Caire, Paris, Berlin et d’autres localités reconnues pour leur impact sur l’évolution de l’humanité.
November 7, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- America's birthplace has been named the country's first World Heritage City, putting it on par with Jerusalem, Cairo, Paris and other places recognized for their impacts on the course of human events. (...) More here  
November 7, 2015
It's official: Philadelphia is the United States' first World Heritage City. The XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, or OWHC, on Friday voted to include Philadelphia in the elite list of about 270 cities on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Cities program.
November 6, 2015
TOWNHALL _ America's birthplace has been named the country's first World Heritage City, putting it on par with Jerusalem, Cairo, Paris and other places recognized for their impacts on the course of human events. Read more here
November 6, 2015
TRICIA L. NADOLNY, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER LAST UPDATED: Friday, November 6, 2015, 4:56 PM Add it to the list of notable Philadelphia firsts.

 

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Historically, Philadelphia was the home of the founding concepts of religious tolerance and liberty; groundbreaking developments in urban planning; the search for political freedom and the creation of a nation based on the principles of democracy and human rights; and contributions to medicine through three centuries - to name only a few criteria of world heritage that might be emphasized in a proposal for UNESCO World Heritage City designation.

These themes and others are embodied in an extraordinary inventory of historic structures that are already being preserved and are worthy of world-wide celebration.
 

Observer Membership with the Organization of World Heritage Cities based on the City's current credentials, and subsequently under the UNESCO standards, would have major benefits for Philadelphia's renown as an international city. 

 

World Heritage Brochure    

 
 
 
 
Read here the introduction about Philadelphia on the Organization of World Heritage Cities website. Text written byDr D. Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in the History of Art, UPenn.

For further information, please contact John F. Smith III at [email protected], (215) 241 - 7921, or Zabeth Teelucksingh at [email protected], (215) 851 - 8112.

 
 
Did you know? All the facts about Philadelphia as a World Heritage City candidate! Download our proposal

 


You will find here Alan Greenberger's presentation in Arequipa, Peru, leading to the World Heritage City's designation of Philadelphia

 

 
 
 

Click here to see the large format full-color map which features the World Heritage sites.
 
Click here for an interactive map.