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What Is Cultural Heritage?


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When most people think of cultural heritage, they likely think of art, historical monuments and buildings, and archaeological sites. However, the idea of culture as a whole can encompass much more than that: it includes both tangible and intangible heritage, as well as values and traditions. The cultural heritage that is valued and preserved often helps a society to develop, and it can also play a role in tourism.

UNESCO recognizes that protecting and managing cultural heritage is not possible without the participation of local communities, and it defines this as an essential element of a sustainable approach to preservation. This is because communities have a unique relationship with their heritage: they are its guardians and can promote it to others, which may then generate the economic benefits that are necessary for funding the preservation of cultural property.

As globalization and the increased ability to travel has made more people curious about other cultures, the need to preserve cultural heritage has become more important than ever before. However, it can be difficult to define what exactly cultural heritage is, and how best to protect it.

In general, the term “cultural heritage” refers to the things that make a society or group of people unique. It can include both tangible and intangible heritage, which can be anything from a painting or a building to a language or tradition. It can also be the underlying beliefs or values that a culture is built on, such as a belief in equality, a respect for nature, or a sense of community.

Many people are not aware of the extent of their own cultural heritage, and finding out what makes up one’s culture can be a valuable experience. Having a strong cultural heritage can lead to pride in one’s background and an allegiance to a certain group, which can inspire patriotism and a sense of belonging. It can also give a person a sense of identity and self-worth, and it can be a source of strength in times of conflict or disaster.

The meaning attributed to the concept of heritage has evolved throughout history. It has moved from being something of value to being recognized as a common good. It has also gone through a number of changes in definition, from its early use as a collectible item to its more recent use as a commodity.

It is also important to recognize that cultural heritage can exist across borders and that the boundaries between different cultures are not as clear as we might think. For instance, the artistic cultural heritage of ancient Rome provided a foundation for later Western culture through the Renaissance and Neoclassicism. In addition, the architecture of Japanese and Latin American houses was influenced by the neoclassical design of mansions on American plantations, and African-American enslaved people brought home the decorative elements of their homes in Africa with them when they returned to America. Identifying your own cultural heritage is an important step in preserving it.