Memory of the World

Sites that contain or are closely related to an entry of the Unesco Memory of the World register.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Aapravasi Ghat The Records of Indentured Immigration (2015)
Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch Lorsch Pharmacopoeia (2013)
Abbey of St Gall One of three complete versions of the "Nibelungenlied" is saved at the Library of the Convent of St. Gall + Documentary heritage of the former Abbey of Saint Gall in the Abbey Archives and the Abbey Library of Saint Gall (2017)
Albi The Mappa mundi of Albi (2015)
Aleppo Aleppo Codex (2015) - "It is rumoured that in 1375 one of Maimonides' descendants brought it to Aleppo, Syria, leading to its present name" (wiki)
Amsterdam Canal Ring Diaries of Anne Frank (2009)
Ancient Kyoto Archives of Tōji temple contained in one-hundred boxes (2015)
Auschwitz Birkenau Auschwitz trial documents and recordings (2017)
Australian Convict Sites The Convict Records of Australia (2007)
Bagan King Bayinnaung Bell Inscription: The Bell inscriptions are now located at the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan and were donated by King Bayinnaung in 1557 AD.
Banska Stiavnica Mining maps and plans of the Main Chamber - Count Office in Banska Stiavnica
Berat and Gjirokastra Codex Purpureus Beratinus (2005)
Borobudur archives of Borobudurs renovation during the 1973-1983 period (2017)
Brasilia Architectural Archive of Oscar Niemeyer
Bridgetown Silver Men: West Indian Labourers at the Panama Canal (2011) - part of the archives are preserved at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in Bridgetown
Bryggen The Leprosy Archives of Bergen (City Archives and Regional State Archives of Bergen, Bergen)
Byblos The Phoenician Alphabet
Cartagena Negros y Esclavos archives (2005) details the development of the slave trade in Cartagena (they are now in the National Archive in Bogota)
Changdeokgung Palace Complex The "Donguibogam, Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine" text was first printed (1610-13) and kept at the Palace Dispensary (Naeui-won) within Changdeokgung palace. In the wake of the Imjin War, King Seongju commissioned Heo Jun to complete the important work to promote the psychological, physical, and social health of the populace. - (Information from "Korean Documents on Unesco's Memory of the world Register" 2009) The "Seungjeongwon Ilgi, the Diaries of the Royal Secretariat" was housed in the Royal Secretariat office. The building is located in Changdeokgung palace, between the Royal audience hall and council hall. The diary entries were entered daily and left an official record of the Joseon dynasty. - (Information from "Korean Documents on Unesco's Memory of the world Register" 2009)
Classical Weimar The literary estate of Goethe (Goethe and Schiller Archives, Weimar)
Dubrovnik Archives of the Republic of Dubrovnik (inscribed 2023)
ESMA Site Museum "The archives related to events that occurred in Argentina and ESMA in 1976-1983 have been included on the Register of the World’s Memory in 2007." (AB ev)
Echmiatsin and Zvartnots A large part of the Matenadaran collection was preserved in Echmiatsin until the early 19th century: "This treasure has a centuries-long history, the nucleus of its manuscript fund is made up by the Echmiadzin Patriarchate Matenadaran. According to the 5th century historian Lazar Papetsi, the Echmiadzin Matenadaran existed as early as the 5th century."
Gelati Monastery Georgian Byzantine Manuscripts
Golestan Palace Collection of Nezami's Panj Ganj (2011) lies partly in Golestan Palace; Prince Bayasanghor's Book of the Kings (2007) is in the Imperial Library at the Palace
Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain OUV related to The Secret History of the Mongols
Haeinsa Temple Printing woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana and miscellaneous Buddhist scriptures
Hahoe and Yangdong Confucian Woodblock Prints (2015): The Confucian Academies in Korea, particularly in North Gyeongsang province played a huge role in the publication, storage, and gathering of . Inscribed within the Historic Villages of Korea WHS - Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy - Oksanseowon Confucian Academy - Donggangseowon Confucian Academy The current collection is now housed in Andong, it used to be largely stored in the Confucian Academies themselves.
Hattusha Hattusha Cuneiform tablet archives excavated at Hattusha, now kept in the archaeological museums of Ankara and Istanbul
Hegra Earliest Islamic (Kufic) inscription
Hwaseong Fortress Uigwe, the Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty (2007) "Hwaseong Fortress at Suwon was badly damaged in the Korean War. However, the Hwaseong Seongyeok Uiqwe, (Record of the Hwaseong Fortress Construction) describes every aspect of the construction project that took place between 1794 and 1796. Using this text, the fortress was restored completely in a project that began in 1975 and was completed in 1978." - Korean Documents on Unesco's Memory of the world Register (2009)
Imperial Palace Records of the Qing's Grand Secretariat (First Historical Archives of China, Palace Museum, Beijing)
Istanbul Works of Ibn Sina or Avicenna (980-1037) in Suleymaniye Mosque; Evliya Celebi's "Book of Travels" in the Topkapi Palace Museum Library and the Süleymaniye Manuscript Library
Itchan Kala Archives of the Chancellery of Khiva Khans (2017)
Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba Jesuits of America
Jongmyo Shrine Jongmyo shrine documents (2017)
Kraków Nicolaus Copernicus' masterpiece "De revolutionibus libri sex" (Jagiellonian Library, Jagiellonian University, Cracow)
Kronborg Castle Sound Toll Registers
Luther Memorials Documents representing the beginning and the early development of the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther (2015)
Lübeck Documents on the history of the Hanse (Inscribed 2023)
Macao Official Records of Macao During the Qing Dynasty (1693-1886) (2017)
Macao Archives and Manuscripts of Macau Kong Tac Lam Temple (inscribed 2023)
Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Collection of the manuscripts of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (2003)
Melaka and George Town The Malay Annals (2001) cover the history of the Malay Sultanate that was based in Melaka (they are now in Kuala Lumpur)
Mexico City and Xochimilco Old fonds of the historical archive at Colegio de Vizcaínas: women's education and support in the history of the world
Nesvizh Radzwills' Archives and Niasvizh (Nieswiez) Library Collection (in Library of Nesvizh)
Novgorod Ostromir Gospel (2011) - it was created as a donation to St. Sophia's, the new church of Novgorod, where it remained for several centuries until its removal to Moscow (it is now in St. Petersburg)
Oaxaca and Monte Alban Codices from the Oaxaca Valley
Old Havana “José Martí Pérez” Fonds
Paris, Banks of the Seine Original Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789 1791)
Plantin-Moretus Museum Business Archives of the Officina Plantiniana (2001) (Plantin-Moretus Museum)
Potosi Documentary Fonds of Royal Audiencia Court of La Plata (2011) contains the history of silver mining in Potosí
Prague Collection of 526 prints of university theses from 1637-1754 is in Charles University; Collection of medieval manuscripts of the Czech reformation (National Library)
Puebla Biblioteca Palifoxiana
Qadisha Valley Commemorative stela of Nahr el-Kalb, Mount Lebanon
Québec Quebec Seminary Collection (Quebec Seminary)
Reichenau Illuminated manuscripts from the Ottonian period produced in the monastery of Reichenau (Reichenau)
Riga The Baltic Way - Human Chain Linking Three States in Their Drive for Freedom (2009 inscribed)
Royal Joseon Tombs Uigwe, the Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty (2007) "For example, the documentary painting of King Jeongjo's visit to the royal tomb of his father is composed of several scenes, and runs a full 15.4 meters length. also includes details on the construction of royal buildings and tombs as well as other various cultural activities of the royal family."
Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil Documents of the Shaykh Safī-al-Dīn Ardabīlī Shrine (952 to 1926 CE) (2023)
Santiago de Compostela The Codex Calixtinus of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and other medieval copies of the Liber Sancti Jacobi: The Iberian origins of the Jacobian tradition in Europe (2017)
Santo Domingo Book for the Baptism of Slaves (2009) - comes from a church parish in Santo Domingo and is now in Historical Archives of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo
Semmering Railway The Documents on the Semmering Railway from the Imperial and Royal Historical Museum of Austrian Railways (2017)
Seville Archivos de Indias contains the Treaty of Tordesillas
St. Kilda Film "St Kilda, Britain's Loneliest Isle" (2010)
St. Petersburg Ostromir Gospel (2011) - now is in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg
Stone Town of Zanzibar Collection of Arabic Manuscripts and Books
Sucre Documentary Fonds of Royal Audiencia Court of La Plata (RALP)
Sukhothai The King Ram Khamhaeng Inscription (2003) is a siltstone from Old Sukhothai (now it is in National Museum in Bangkok)
Summer Palace Qing Dynasty Yangshi Lei Archives
Tallinn The Baltic Way - Human Chain Linking Three States in Their Drive for Freedom (2009 inscribed), Veckinghusen archive from the Hanseatic League (2023 inscribed)
Vienna Vienna City Library Schubert Collection (Vienna City library), Brahms Collection (Archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde) and Collection of Gothic Architectural Drawings (Academy of Fine Arts), Mainz Psalter (Austrian National Library)
Vilnius The Baltic Way - Human Chain Linking Three States in Their Drive for Freedom (2009 inscribed)
Warsaw Warsaw Reconstruction office, Warsaw Ghetto Archives - Emanuel Ringelblum Archives (Jewish Historical Research Institute, Warsaw)
Willemstad First Catechism Written in Papiamentu Language (it is kept in the National Archives in Willemstad)
Yin Xu Oracle-Bone Inscriptions (2017)


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