UNESCO recognizes the art of making drywall heritage as a universal heritage
The feeling of peace with the world that you give yourself by walking on one of the paths of the Cinque Terre from today is recognized as an immaterial good of Humanity!
No, the only winners are the dry stone walls that are along the way, but well, the two things do not seem to be disjointed for those who love to admire these ingenious yet simple constructions that characterize our paths and joining many other places of millennial happy relationship between man and nature.
Unesco dichiara i muretti a secco patrimonio dell’umanità
And together with Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland, Italy is applying for the award of this recognition, for the widespread use (not only in the Cinque Terre) of stone constructions made without any glue material except for soil, since the most ancient times. It is in fact one of the oldest human artifacts made for residential and economic purposes. In the Cinque Terre, in addition to the oldest houses, the terraces of the cultivation of wine grapes are characterized by the dry technique that perfectly blends with the surrounding nature.
Precisely in these days, among the oldest dry walls of Manarola, the by now world-famous Nativity scene which is inspired by the simplicity and the timeless charm of the typical local terracing to still represent the nativity.
And in Manarola, it is the Fondazione Manarola CinqueTerre that brings together the masters who are able to pass on to the younger generations and also to asylum seekers this ancient art, who often use the knowledge in local construction sites. To the skilful construction, let’s not forget it, the safeguard of our territory is entrusted.