27.09.2012 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Photo exhibit in Havana will promote the protection of the underwater cultural heritage

© G. Yáñez Mendoza – Federación Mexicana de Actividades Subacuáticas A.C. Canyon discovered in the coast of Cozumel, Mexico

As part of the activities for the promotion of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001), Havana will host an exhibit of 30 high resolution, large size photographs depicting emblematic sites of the underwater cultural heritage of the world. The exhibition also includes explanatory panels about the 2001 Convention, emphasizing on the underwater cultural heritage of the Caribbean and Latin America.

From ancient shipwrecks to underwater caves, this photo exhibition is an insight to the diversity of the underwater cultural heritage and its astonishing condition of conservation through the centuries of time, or even millennia.

This activity is organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, in collaboration with the Office of the Historian of Havana, the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO and the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, in the framework of the global project "Capacity building, implementation actions and increase ratification schemes for the 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean" financed by the Spanish government through the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo – AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation).

The exhibition will open to the public on November and will remain on display until December 2012 in the railings surrounding the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, one of Old Havana emblematic fortresses. The museum housed in this fortified castle of the colonial period is dedicated to the study of navigation, underwater archaeology and maritime history. The outside fences of the castle have served in the past for exhibits with great success.

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