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“Happy birthday”: the Eiffel Tower pays tribute to UNESCO

PARIS, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Paris paid tribute to UNESCO with a light show on the Eiffel Tower on Friday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations cultural and scientific agency.

As a sign of friendship from the French capital towards the organization it has hosted since 1946, the tower displayed the words “75 years” alongside the UNESCO logo, a stylized Greek temple and “symbol of hope for creation of a peaceful world,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The light show was part of a larger ceremony that included visits from more than 20 heads of state and a screening of works by Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado at the body’s headquarters.

The agency, founded from the ashes of World War II to protect humanity’s common cultural heritage, is best known for designating and protecting archaeological and heritage sites, from the Galapagos Islands to the Tombs of Timbuktu.

Audrey Azoulay, France’s former culture minister, was elected to a second four-year term as chief executive earlier this week. Read more

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Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Richard Chang and Jonathan Oatis

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