International Day For Monuments and Sites

Monument to the author Benedict Vilakazi

Monument to the author Benedict Vilakazi

Today is the International Day For Monuments and Sites, which is held on 18 April each year around the world with different types of activities, including visits to monuments and heritage sites, conferences, round tables and newspaper articles.

The International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. The aim is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.

We are lucky to be based in a region of South Africa that is particularly rich in history and cultural heritage. The Ulwazi Programme has been collecting information on heritage sites in and around the eThekwini Municipality for the past several years. These can be accessed via our online, interactive heritage map.

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