Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site
On July 17, 2016, the two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in the Southern German city of Stuttgart were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the first World Heritage Site for Stuttgart and the 41st for Germany.
As part of a transnational joint application, Stuttgart and destinations in seven other countries applied to have 17 of Le Corbusier’s buildings listed due to the architect’s outstanding contribution to Modernism. The two Stuttgart houses are the architect’s only buildings in Germany and include the Weissenhof Museum, which illustrates the radical change in architecture around the time of the Second World War as well as Le Corbusier’s visionary thinking.
Germany’s other 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the expansive Wadden Sea habitat, Classical Weimar and Regensburg’s charming Old Town. They can be explored on eight different themed routes<http://www.germany.travel/en/towns-cities-culture/unesco-world-heritage/unesco-routes/unesco-routes.html>, from natural wonders to architecture to palaces and parks.
For more information about Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit www.germany.travel/unesco.
Cologne Cathedral is number 1
COLOGNE. Cologne Cathedral is still Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. This has been the case for many years, and the result for 2010 was confirmed by a recent online survey of 1600 Internet users carried out by the German Tourism Association (DTV) and the city Internet portal, meinestadt.de.
Compared to 2009, the cathedral has actually grown in popularity: In 2009 it received 8% of votes, whereas in 2010, 15% of those surveyed gave their vote to the Cologne landmark.
The Dresden Frauenkirche church came in second with 7.1%, followed by the Brandenburg Gate in third place with 6.6% of votes.
Some 90% of participants have already visited their favourite attraction.
Not only is Cologne Cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular landmark in Germany, it is also the most visited attraction in Germany, with more than 6.5 million visitors each year. The cathedral treasury can be pleased with its performance too, having sold over 100,000 tickets in 2010.
In light of this success, it is quite fitting that the gothic cathedral will enjoy a special honour in 2011: Its image will adorn the back of 30 million 2-euro coins. The coins will be in circulation from 28 January.
Cologne, 17 January 2011
The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.
OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60.
The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment.
His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness.
Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot.
Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career.
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master.
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe.
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years.
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203.