Meet the 26 new Unesco World Heritage Sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), an agency of the United Nations that specialises in fostering an international movement for preserving the cultural and natural heritage of the world, has announced an additional 26 new heritage sites from around the world this year. This brings the total number of the world’s heritage sites to 1 073.

From renowned sites such as the Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England to the Tsodilo Hills in the Ngamiland District of Botswana, the list includes cultural, natural and mixed sites. According to Unesco, in order to be selected, the sites, “must be of outstanding universal value,” and must also meet at least one out of 10 selection criteria, such as representing “a masterpiece of human creative genius”, “bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilisation”, and “to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance”, to name a few.

These are the 26 new inscribed cultural and natural properties for 2017:

      1. Aphrodisias, Turkey
      2. Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa, Eritrea
      3. Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk, Russian Federation
      4. Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura, Germany
      5. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town, Palestine
      6. Historic City of Ahmadabad, India
      7. Historic City of Yazd, Islamic Republic of Iran
      8. Kujataa Greenland: Nors and Inuit Farming at the Edge of the Ice Cap, Denmark
      9. Kulangsu, a Historic International Settlement, China
      10. Mbanza Kongo, Vestiges of the Capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo, Angola
      11. Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region, Japan
      12. Taputapuātea, France
      13. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System, Poland
      14. Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura, Cambodia
      15. The English Lake District, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      16. Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site, Brazil
      17. Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro
      18. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape, South Africa
      19. Landscapes of Dauria, Mongolia, Russian Federation
      20. Los Alerces National Park, Argentina
      21. Qinghai Hoh Xil, China
      22. Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau, Germany
      23. Gelati Monastery, Georgia
      24. Strasbourg, Grande-Île and Neustadt, France
      25. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine
      26. W-Arly-Pendjari Complex, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger

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