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  • PANASONIC PRESENTS: ACCESS 360° WORLD HERITAGE

  • National Geographic Channel

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What does it take to safeguard the world's most famous places? How do you maintain buildings that are thousands of years old? How do you secure a historical structure that contains millions of dollars worth of artifacts? In this new series, we take you on an exclusive, all-access tour behind the scenes of select UNESCO World Heritage Sites to illuminate the work that goes into running and maintaining these treasured monuments, buildings, national parks and even entire cities, ensuring that they survive in the best possible conditions for future generations to enjoy. 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are testaments to the ingenuity of human civilization and the beauty of our natural world. The sites are spread all over the world and cover a range of cultural and national wonders from ancient pyramids to oriental palaces and even the Pacific Ocean. Yet, World Heritage Sites share one thing in common - they must, at all cost, be protected and preserved for the future with the utmost care. 

Each hour highlights a single site and focuses first-and-foremost on the people at these historic monuments as they balance the pressures of preservation with the need to keep the sites open and accessible to everyone. We give viewers a backstage pass into the world of these caretakers. From guarding the treasures of the Taj Mahal to controlling pollution at the Great Barrier Reef, our cameras capture the day-to-day operations, the special conservation projects and even the grand private events. Through the superintendents, restorers, guides, gardeners and devoted animal experts, our viewers get an exclusive look into areas not open to the public - secret passageways, underground tunnels and treasure chests - home to thousands of years of history and millions of dollars worth of artifacts. We'll learn the stories behind each location - from gilded and bloody histories to the natural forces that make these sites irreplaceable. 

Our first episode delves into the deepest Amazon, into the largest protected area of rainforest on the planet. We meet the researchers giving their lives to maintaining this wilderness - a jungle oasis of unique eco-systems and so many diverse creatures many have yet to be named. At the Taj Mahal, our cameras are the first to enter the secret tomb where the Shah who built the Taj is actually buried. Tourists only see "decoy" tombs in a room above. We go behind-the-scenes in the historic city of Kyoto to see how conservationists are struggling to keep the monuments and traditions of this living museum relevant in the modern age. We visit the Statue of Liberty as it undergoes the last of several upgrades since the tragedies of 9-11. Those events have led the Statue's caretakers to re-examine how to protect the Statue and keep its millions of visitors safe. As a result, the Statue has been closed often in the past decade. About to reopen, will she still have the same meaning for Americans and people around the world?

Additional episodes go behind-the-scenes at the Palace of Versailles - what does it take to maintain the extravagance of Louis XIV?; the buried cities of Cappadocia in Turkey, where early Christians built the world's first monastery and underground cathedral; Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most highly endangered natural wonders; the temples of Indonesia's Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple; and Africa's most famous monument, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Set to broadcast in 2012 and 2013, the series has earned UNESCO's official support.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Kyoto
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : US
    A gift to the United States from France and now a World Heritage Site, the Statue of Liberty is an international emblem of freedom and liberty. But over the past decade she’s been off-limits, considered unsafe in a post-9/11 world. U-S Park Service and construction crews are now laboring to re-open this iconic statue. They are renovating her interior so people can get out quickly if there’s an attack. But with the clock ticking to opening day, it’s a massive undertaking. Learning from the World Trade Center attacks, they are working to guarantee the safety of visitors and to ensure that one of America’s greatest symbols continues to stand tall over New York harbor.
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Venice
    The city of Venice attracts millions of tourist each year with its rich historic and artistic heritage. Behind the beautiful and vibrant facade, lies a city in grave danger. The Adriatic Sea that brought fortune and glory to the city is also a threat to Venice and its lagoon. When the sirens go off, Veetians brace themselves for an incoming attack. The tide rises, floodwater rushes into the city and destroys every artwork or architecture in its path. Expert teams of Engineers, Scientists and Conservators are determined to save this UNESCO World Heritage site from vanishing beneath the waves.
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : The Amazon
    There's a special place in the heart of the Amazon rainforest with ecosystems so unique and biodiversity so rich the UN have declared it a World Heritage Site.
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Taj Mahal
    Could the Taj Mahal be in imminent danger? It is one of the grandest works of architecture on the planet.
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Kilimanjaro
    In East Africa, one of the worlds most iconic mountains is on the verge of catastrophe. Is it global warming, or a problem much closer to home?
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Cappadocia
    In a remote part of Central Turkey sits an alien landscape that may soon disappear -the World Heritage site of Cappadocia.
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Borobudur
    We follow as one man works tirelessly today to protect the 1200-year-old Borobudur temple from man and natures onslaught.
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Great Barrier Reef
    Ocean warming, pollution and shipping have taken a toll on the health of the famed Great Barrier Reef, but a passionate team are mounting efforts to save the beauty and life of the reef.
  • Panasonic Presents: Access 360° World Heritage : Palace of Versailles
    The Palace of Versailles is a World Heritage masterpiece of architecture and craftsmanship. Get behind the sumptuous façade in Access 360!
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