Paris wants its rooftops to be recognized by UNESCO

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Paris seeks to have UNESCO World Heritage Status granted to its iconic tiled rooftops.

The city's rooftops are almost as iconic as its buildings

The city's rooftops are almost as iconic as its buildings
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Close your eyes and think of Paris. What comes to mind? Of course the dominating outline of the Eiffel Tower, the majestic Arc de Triomphe, the bustling Champs Elysees, but what else? Forget the city's main tourist attractions and simply to imagine Paris. Chances are the image that will materialize will be one of the capital's instantly recognizable Haussmannian buildings and of course their tiled rooftops. Well not only has France's Ministry of Culture has added the capital's iconic zinc rooftops to its list of intangible cultural heritage, but it is also seeking for them to receive official UNESCO recognition.

In the eyes of France's Ministry of Culture, and we have to say that we agree with them wholeheartedly, the emblematic rooftops as well as their maintenance are the product specialized craftsmanship which deserves cultural recognition from UNESCO.

Imagine Paris and chances are you will picture its iconic rooftops

Imagine Paris and chances are you will picture its iconic rooftops
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While speaking to Lonely Planet about the inclusion of rootpos into France's list of intangible cultural heritage, the president of Paris's roofer's union Angel Sanchez said: "being included on the list marks a just recognition of our profession. Our tools have been modernised and the risks inherent in our profession have declined. But our expertise remains traditional."

However, the France's desire to get official recognition for Paris's rooftops is nothing new. The original application for world heritage status was submitted to UNESCO by Paris officials back in 2015, but due to the complexity of the official selection process, whether or not the application was successful will not be known until 2019 at the earliest.

Paris already has one UNESCO recognized site

Paris already has one UNESCO recognized site
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While Paris patiently awaits the results of its application, it can take solace in the fact that it already has one UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. The enchanting banks of the River Seine received UNESCO recognition back in 1991, while the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle were both declared by UNESCO as being 'architectural masterpieces'.

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