Normandie Land of Liberty


  • Utah
  • Pointe du Hoc
  • Omaha
  • Longues
  • Port artificiel
  • Gold
  • Juno
  • Sword
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Outstanding Universal

« Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations. »

« World heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. »


At the heart of the World Heritage recognition system is a key notion: the
Outstanding Universal Value of the property.

This refers to cultural significance which is so exceptional it transcends national boundaries and is of shared importance for present and future generations of all humanity. Any inclusion on the World Heritage List is based on this value for humanity which intrinsically justifies the need to preserve the property.


About D-Day Landing Beaches, the site comes under the cultural properties category and meets criteria IV :
to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history

and VI:
to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance 

The preparation of the application therefore relies on the definition of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, based on the universal significance of the Landings as an historic event.

The idea is to show how the Landings were a turning point in the Second World War, highlight its specific characteristics in world history and define the values to humanity epitomised by these Beaches.

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