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Our Place photo exhibit

 
Author joycevs
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#1 | Posted: 22 Jun 2011 05:39 
According to Unesco's website there's a photo exhibit at the UNESCO's headquarters in Paris. I've been looking for any info on opening times but I cannot find it. Anybody knows?
Also, is there anything else to do for a regular visitor at the headquarters now that the convention is being held? I will be spending a long weekend in Paris from Friday on and since I won't be able to tick off anything from the list (been to Paris many times before) it would be nice to make this trip at least a bit WHS worthy ;-)

Author meltwaterfalls
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#2 | Posted: 22 Jun 2011 06:36 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
The UNESCO headquarters is a terribly frustrating place to get to visit.
I was over in Paris a few months ago and just gave up in my efforts to try and see something there. There was no information on any of the UNESCO pages that I could find, all other tourist info suggested you could arrange a guided tour, but there wasn't any contact details.
Most just direct to this page which has been taken down, but apparently this is the phone number for them 33 (0) 45 68 10 00 if you want to call and see if you can get any further.

The best I could find is this amusingly out-dated 'Virtual tour'which looks like it was designed a good 15 years ago, which in internet terms put it at the equivalent vintage as Stonehenge.
It looks like there is a decent selection of C20th art works on display, I was really keen on visiting Tadao Ando's 'Meditation space' made using granite from Hiroshima, but alas it was not too be.

Just in case it is of interest you could get in a pre-emptive strike on a likely future WHS by visiting some of the le Corbusier buildings, the best is Villa Savoye in Poissy (about 40 mins from central Paris) or there are the buildings a little closer to the centre, though these may get culled in the re submission of the proposed WHS.
Here is some info on visiting them.

Author joycevs
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#3 | Posted: 29 Jun 2011 16:44 
It turned out the photos were all placed on the gate around the headquarters so you can "visit" them 24/7. I didn't go inside the gates since there was a lot of security around and I didn't even try (I was with a non-WHS-enthusiast ;-) )

Thanks for the Le Corbusier info, we really enjoyed the visit to the Villa Savoye!

Author meltwaterfalls
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#4 | Posted: 30 Jun 2011 05:00 
joycevs:
Thanks for the Le Corbusier info, we really enjoyed the visit to the Villa Savoye!

Great, glad you liked it. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

Author Solivagant
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#5 | Posted: 12 Aug 2014 15:36 
"Our Place" as referred to here back in 2011 now seems to be much more than a "photo exhibit".

It has a Web site containing photos (and movies) of 360+ WHS (and "counting" presumably)
See -
http://www.ourplaceworldheritage.com/

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