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Pick up any postcard of Paris and you’ll see the river Seine lined with antique bookstalls. This tradition stretches back centuries and contributes to the bohemian image of intellectualism of which Paris is so proud. Now, these booksellers are seeking UNESCO status to ensure the tradition continues.
The city of Paris is world famous for the second-hand bookstalls that line the gorgeous banks of the river Seine, once described as ‘the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves’.
These banks were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1991 and so, it seems only natural that the bookstalls responsible for its charm have the chance to revel in the status they so deserve. Strolling through Paris on a summer’s day just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Many people think that this prestigious status is awarded only to unique monuments, buildings or geographic places. But this isn’t always the case, as the 250 booksellers – or bouquinistes as they are known among the locals – demonstrate. They have started a campaign to become a UNESCO World Heritage piece of ‘intangible cultural heritage’.
Strolling along the Seine is an enjoyable experience merely for the sheer fact that you’re in Paris but there’s little doubt its collection of booksellers along the river bank also add to its bohemian charm. Now a campaign has begun to preserve this unique slice of Parisian life.
The booksellers have begun a campaign to become a Unesco World Heritage piece of ‘intangible cultural heritage’, a status awarded to unique elements of traditional culture that are not necessarily restricted to monuments or geographic places.
The 250 booksellers – or bouquinistes – line large sections of the river banks, boasting a collection of mainly used and antiquarian books and the Seine was once described as “the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves”. Sellers pay €100 a year in rent but are obliged to open at least four days a week. They operate under strict guidelines that each are allowed four boxes of merchandise; three must be filled with books and one can be other assorted items.
Good news for European tourism? Half of the 20 most popular sites are located in the EU.
Wikipedia is often people’s first stop when looking up something online – and the same could apply to tourists seeking a new destination.
An analysis of Wikipedia page views found that “Paris – Banks of the Seine” and “Historic Centre of Rome” were the most popular out of more than 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites being consulted on the free online encyclopedia.
They were followed by the historic areas of Istanbul, Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Statue of Liberty.
Half of the 20 most popular UNESCO sites were located in the European Union.
When only considering Wikipedia in English, the Taj Mahal was the second most popular in terms of page views, followed by Statue of Liberty, Great Wall of China and Rome’s historic centre.
Eurostat released the statistics, calling them “experimental”.
According to the results of a big data pilot project, Paris – Banks of the Seine (almost 7 million views) and Historic Centre of Rome (almost 6 million views) are the most popular out of more than a thousand UNESCO World Heritage Sites being consulted on Wikipedia. Half of the 20 most popular sites on Wikipedia were located in the European Union.
These are experimental statistics resulting from a big data pilot project on using people’s behaviour online, in particular on the use of Wikipedia, as a data source. Page views of Wikipedia articles focusing on around 1000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites have been analysed. One or more Wikipedia articles (in 31 language versions of the Wikipedia) were associated to each heritage site and total number of page views was taken as a measure of the popularity of the sites.
In 2018 we celebrate European Year of Cultural Heritage.