Tigrayan forces take control of Ethiopia’s UN heritage town of Lalibela

Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, whose famed rock-hewn churches are a United Nations World Heritage Site, and residents were fleeing, eyewitnesses said on Thursday. Lalibela, also a holy site for millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, is in the North Wollo Zone of the Amhara region in Ethiopia’s… Read More Tigrayan forces take control of Ethiopia’s UN heritage town of Lalibela

UNESCO strips Britain’s Liverpool of its world heritage status

The English city of Liverpool has been removed from UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites after the United Nations’ cultural agency found new buildings, including a football stadium, undermined the attractiveness of its Victorian docks. Liverpool was named a World Heritage Site in 2004, joining cultural landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the… Read More UNESCO strips Britain’s Liverpool of its world heritage status

Archaeologists discover ancient street food shop in Pompeii

Archaeologists in Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, have made the extraordinary find of a frescoed hot food and drinks shop that served up the ancient equivalent of street food to Roman passersby. Known as a termopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, the shop was discovered in the archaeological park’s… Read More Archaeologists discover ancient street food shop in Pompeii