Stonehenge may be removed from the UNESCO World Heritage List: we explain why


12/31/2023 07:08

Stonehenge, a world-famous megalith and UNESCO World Heritage Site, has become the subject of controversy over plans to build a road tunnel near it.

Defenders of the monument, including Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS), have appealed to the High Court of England and Wales, arguing that the £1.7 billion tunnel would permanently alter the landscape and destroy the site. . However, the British government believes that the benefits of the tunnel outweigh the potential harm, reports the Daily Mail.

A history of such cases includes the deletion of Liverpool from UNESCO as a result of the construction of Liverpool Waters, and the threat of exclusion of the Elbe Valley in Dresden due to the construction of a bridge in 2007. Stonehenge has become another example of how construction can undermine the status of a World Heritage site.

Court hearings on the tunnel in England are being completed, and a final decision on the fate of Stonehenge is expected soon.

Author Oleg Loginov

Oleg Loginov – student at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, freelance correspondent for Pravda.Ru

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