Bulgarian UNESCO Chief Visits Archaeological Site in San Salvador

World | May 8, 2013, Wednesday // 14:34|  views

On 7 May, the last day of her official visit in El Salvador, the Director- General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, undertook a visit to the Joya de Ceren, a pre-Hispanic farming community inscribed on the World Heritage List

UNESCO's Director General, Bulgarian Irina Bokova, visited Tuesday the archaeological site Joya de Ceren, 40 km northwest of San Salvador.

Joya de Ceren, also known as the "Pompeii of the Americas," is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the territory of the country.

The site features a pre-Columbian Maya farming village preserved remarkably intact under layers of volcanic ash.

The village, also known as the "Pompeii of the Americas", was buried under volcanic ash 1400 years ago.

Joya de Ceren was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Salvadoran Cultural Patrimony Director Gustavo Milan, as cited by international news agencies and Bulgaria's Sega daily, noted that Bokova's visit was very important, adding that the site needed funding for  conservation and maintenance.

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