St Helena, the remote South Atlantic island where ex-Emperor Napoléon I died in exile in 1821, is among the eleven sites the British government yesterday nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status, the Guardian reports.
The World Heritage list currently consists of 911 sites in 151 countries. St Helena, which even today is one of the remotest and least accessible places on earth, might be a natural addition by being immortalised as the place where the perhaps most famous man in history was sent to die after the final downfall of his once mighty empire.
The other British nominees are the Forth bridge, Gorham’s gave complex in Gibraltar, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheschire, the Lake District, Cresswell Crags, the slate industry in north Wales, Flow Country in Scotland and Down House in Kent, the home of Charles Darwin, where he wrote The Origin of Species.
Decisions about which places will be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List will be made at the meeting of the world heritage committee in June, which was due to be held in Bahrain, but has now been moved to Paris.
(The image of St Helena seen from space is by NASA).