The Nowon and Votwos of Ureparapara

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The Nowon and Votwos of Ureparapara is part of the Tentative list of Vanuatu in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Nowon and Votwos of Ureparapara are ceremonial monuments demonstrating traditional architecture and societal structure in communities on the third largest island in Vanuatu. Nowon are decorated façades made of interlocking stone brickwork found on the raised stone foundations to men’s houses, while votwos are earthen platforms, lined on one side by stone brickwork, symbolic of power, from which a man of rank or influence could address his community as a leader. The proposed site on Ureparapara also includes terraced fields and rock art engravings, in addition to nowon and votwos structures.

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Full Name
The Nowon and Votwos of Ureparapara
Country
Vanuatu
Added
2005
Type
Cultural
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2005 Added to Tentative List

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