World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day Quick Facts - AU

AKA NameInternational Day For Monuments and Sites
2021 Date18 April 2021
2022 Date18 April 2022
World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day History

World Heritage Day seeks to raise awareness about historic landmarks and monuments throughout the world. This day aims to protect these ancient buildings and maintain their cultural significance. It further aims to recognize the diversity and cultural heritage offered by these monuments and buildings. It hopes to preserve them for future generations.

World Heritage Day was established in 1982 by the International Council for Monuments and Sites. It is observed annually on 18 April.

World Heritage Day Facts

  • The theme for World Heritage Day in 2021 is Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures.
  • According to, the concept of preserving international heritage sites was first introduced in 1931 at the Athens Conference. Organised by the International Museums Office, the conference laid out plans for restoring historic buildings around the world.
  • There are a total of 1052 sites and monuments on the World Heritage List.

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