Welcome to the integrated web portal for UNESCO’s Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative, supported by the International Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage and by the International Astronomical Union through its Commission C4 on World Heritage and Astronomy. We encourage professional users to register and log in in order to view detailed information, for example on preparing a nomination dossier.
Short case studies follow the format used in the ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study on Astronomical Heritage (see right). Examples:
Temple of Hathor at Dandara, Egypt
Ulugh Beg's observatory,
Dengfeng observatory, China
Jantar Mantar at Jaipur, India
Struve Geodetic Arc, Norway and 9 other countries
University of Illinois Observatory United States of America
Sydney Observatory, Australia
Einstein Tower, Germany
Atituiti Ruga, French Polynesia
East Alpine starlight area, Austria
You can browse the full list of the case studies as well.
Full case studies, structured as sections of draft dossiers, aim to highlight issues that might arise if State Parties were to prepare nomination dossiers highlighting the astronomical values of the properties concerned. Examples:
Stonehenge World Heritage Property, United Kingdom
Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Windows to the Universe, Chile, Spain and USA
Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, New Zealand
Seven-stone antas, Portugal and Spain
Propose a case study
Learn about how to propose a new case study to be published on the portal.
IAU Heritage Commission
Brief reports are available on the August 2015 meetings “Astronomical heritage: processing the UNESCO–IAU initiative” and “Hawaiian, Oceanic and global cultural astronomy: tangible and intangible heritage”.