Correction: Charleston-World Heritage story

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2014 at 9:34 am •  Published: April 16, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In a story April 7 about Charleston seeking World Heritage status, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Charleston's application must be submitted to the National Park Service by January 2016. That date is only a target for completing the application, not a deadline.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Charleston seeks UN World Heritage designation

Charleston seeks UN World Heritage designation as place significant to humankind

By BRUCE SMITH

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston is seeking World Heritage status from the United Nations - a designation for sites deemed important to all of humankind that include, among others, the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza and the Grand Canyon.

The Historic Charleston Foundation this month joined the city and the group of businesses working for the designation in developing an application highlighting a collection of almost 40 places of worship and public buildings in the city's historic district.

The Charleston World Heritage Coalition will craft the application expected to run several hundred pages and hopes to submit it to the National Park Service by January 2016.

After a year, during which applications are often revised or polished, the Park Service can then send it on to the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

That group reviews the application before it can be sent on to the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO, which votes annually on World Heritage applications.

Charleston could be designated a World Heritage site in 2018, if all goes without a hitch, said Thomas Aspinwall, the coalition's executive director.

There are 981 heritage sites worldwide, but only 21 in the United States. None of U.S. sites are historic districts and there are no sites in South Carolina.

The United Nation's agency accepts World Trust nominations for both natural and cultural sites based on several criteria. One of them is "an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant stage in human history."

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