Petrified forest of Lesvos nominated for a UNESCO site

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The first presentation of Lesvos Petrified Forest’s candidacy to enter on UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites was held by professor Nikos Zouros, director of the Lesvos Petrified Forest Museum.

Petrified forest of Lesvos nominated for a UNESCO site
The petrified forest on the Greek island of Lesvos [Credit: Protothema]

Zouros referred to the 17 Greek monuments that have been included in the World Heritage Sites as the Acropolis of Athens, the Meteora, Olympia, the royal tombs of Vergina and afterwards he explained the reason the Petrified Forest is a unique monument on international level.

He referred in detail to the protection and promotion history of the site on which has been recorded the geological evolution of the Aegean Sea over the last 30 million years.

Finally, Lesvos mayor Dimitris Vounatsos underlined the huge economic, tourism and scientific benefits for the island if the Petrified Forest becomes a World Heritage Site.

Source: ANA-MPA [August 27, 2014]

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