UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

© UNESCO/Michel Ravassard

Located on the Place de Fontenoy, in Paris, the main building which houses the Headquarters of UNESCO was inaugurated on 3 November 1958. The Y-shaped design was invented by three architects of different nationalities under the direction of an international committee.

Nicknamed the ‘three-pointed star’, the entire edifice stands on seventy-two columns of concrete piling. It is world famous, not only because it is the home of a well-known organization but also because of its outstanding architectural qualities.

UNESCO Headquarters is located at 7 Place de Fontenoy in the heart of Paris. The site is considered international territory and belongs to the Organization’s 195 Member States.

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