Silk Road Week Museums | Galleries V

Based on its long history as a corridor of Silk Routes, the Chang’an-Tian-shan corridor has been of enormous importance in the history of Central Asia, shaping the cultures, cities and customs of the regions along this route in China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Its identification as a distinctive stretch of the Silk Roads and its inscription on the World Heritage List is a milestone in the recognition of the Silk Roads as part of a common heritage of humanity. These routes have been the subject of intensive study at UNESCO in recent years, as part of the “Serial Transnational World Heritage Nominations of the Silk Roads” initiative, leading to the identification of 54 different ‘corridors’ along the 150,000 kilometers of the Silk Roads network from the Mediterranean to the Far East, and it is anticipated that many more such nominations will be received for future inscription. (UNESCO)