Hanoi exhibition showcases Italian world heritage sites

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An ongoing photo exhibition in Hanoi, featuring UNESCO-recognized heritage sites in Italy, celebrates 150 years of Italian unity.


Held under the framework of "Y-Viet 2011," the exhibition will remain open until November 18.


According to a press release issued by the Italian Embassy, the exhibition represents UNESCO's 911 World Heritage Sites of which 45 are Italian, recounting "the history of humanity, narrated by their excellence."


Since 1979, when the archaeological site that contains the delicate stone-carved art of Valle Camonica was the first Italian site to be added to the UN's World Heritage List, Italy has seen 44 additional sites included in the list.


To date, Italy is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites.


The organizers said that the idea of creating the photographic exhibition arose from the wish to enclose within a single space the possibility of allowing the public at large to get to know the extent of UNESCO heritage sites in Italy.


The exhibition offers "a unique view of the most valuable treasures in Italy, not because they are the most important or the most beautiful, but because of their status as world heritage, they do not belong only to the Italians, but to all the people of the world," the press release says.


Exhibition House is located on 45 Trang Tien Street.


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