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Overlooking the scenic East River, the United Nations Headquarters is a unique facility in the landscape of New York City that has been the official command centre of the United Nations since 1952. While it is governed by several local and federal laws, the 17-acre land where the structure stands is actually an international territory. The United Nations Headquarters is so highly guarded to the point that every mail sent to its address.

The complex houses several buildings with the Secretariat Building being the most popular. The General Assembly building, the largest structure within the facility, can accommodate 1,800 people while the Ford Foundation donated Dag Hammarskj?ld Library has an extensive collection of reference materials including 400,000 books, 80,000 maps and 9,800 news publications.

The United Nations headquarters is also adorned with notable art pieces including the ?Knotted Gun? from Luxembourg and ?Let Us Beat Swords Into Plowshares? from the Soviet Union. The Japanese Peace Bell from the people of Japan can also be found within the confines of the United Nations Headquarters and is rung every vernal equinox and to signal the start of General Assembly sessions.
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