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The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued a new series of World Heritage stamps on 3 August 2017 featuring sites that lie ‘Along the Silk Roads’.
For many years, UNPA has highlighted World Heritage sites recognized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites that have outstanding value for humanity.
This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted in 1972.
The Silk Roads were an interconnected web of routes linking the ancient societies of Asia, the Subcontinent, Central Asia, Western Asia and the Near East, and contributed to the development of many of the world’s great civilizations.
The routes served principally to transfer raw materials, foodstuffs and luxury goods. However, these vast networks carried more than just merchandise. The constant movement of people and merchants along these routes also brought about the transmission of and exchange of knowledge, ideas, cultures and beliefs, which had a profound impact on the Eurasian peoples. The Silk Roads were listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2014.
The six different sites which are featured in this series of stamps are:
- the Longmen Grottoes in China (49¢);
- Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain in Kyrgyzstan ($1.15);
- Historic Centre of Bukhara in Uzbekistan (CHF 1,00);
- Kunya-Urgench in Turkmenistan (CHF 1,50);
- Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex in Iran (€ 0,80); and
- the City of Safranbolu in Turkey (€ 1,70).
In addition to the stamps, UNPA will issue three beautifully designed prestige booklets which contain colourful photographs and detailed descriptions about these historic sites, and a set of special limited edition first day covers in silk.
With photo credits to Alamy, ‘Along the Silk Roads’ pictures are adapted as stamps and designed by UNPA’s Graphic Design team.