New nominations from the African continent to the World Heritage List: Burkina Faso and Cape Verde have first World Heritage Sites inscribed in their countries 1. Loropeni Ruins (Burkina Faso) nominated to World Heritage List The 33rd session World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville nominated the Ruins of Loropeni in Burkina Faso to the World Heritage List. Loropéni is the best preserved example of a type of fortified settlements in West Africa, linked to the traditions of gold mining which persisted for seven centuries in West Africa. The 11,130m2 property, the first to be inscribed in the country, with its imposing stone walls is the best preserved of ten fortresses in the Lobi area and is part of a larger group of 100 stone enclosures that bear testimony to the power of the trans-Saharan gold trade. Situated near the borders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo, the ruins have recently been shown to be at least 1,000 years old. The African World Heritage Fund provided assistance to the State Party for the stabilization of Loropeni Ruins. The AWHF takes this opportunity to congratulate the State Party and other stakeholders who participated in the development of the nomination dossier for the site. 2. Cidade Velha (Cape Verde) The town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square with its ornate 16th-century marble pillar. The AWHF congratulates the State Party to the inscription of the first World Heritage Site in Cape Verde.
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