Odesa City's candidature to UNESCO
The synergy with LINKS Foundation
In particular, LINKS Foundation has been developing processes for the enhancement of cultural heritage and “excellent” landscapes for years, such as candidacy applications for the lists and programs promoted by UNESCO. Our team contributed to the historic center of Odesa’s application in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The project, strongly promoted by Ukraine, brought together Italian experts at the coordination table in charge who – with the technical-scientific support of LINKS Foundation and Ithaca working group – collaborated with the Ukrainian team for all related activities.
LINKS Foundation’s experts oversaw the definitive drafting of all technical documents and management plan, while the entire cartographic apparatus was created thanks to our contribution.
Odesa’s Old Town is an outstanding example of a newly founded city dating back to the late 18th century. The favorable geographical position, the rapidly growing port and the status of “Free Port” granted to the city in 1817, transformed Odesa in a very short time into the largest commercial center on the northern coast of the Black Sea, which connected the economic interests of the West and of the Orient.
The multinational character of the city’s population has determined a unique specificity of its urban environment and its cultural phenomenon. Proof of this are the numerous buildings created by architects from all over Europe, who used different styles, which integrate harmoniously with each other among the monumental boulevards of the historic centre.