UNESCO World Heritage List: The 2016 new additions (and some self congratulation)

The Month of July is this time of year where the UNESCO World Heritage List officially grows!

UNESCO World Heritage List 2016

Picture: UNESCO World Heritage site


As you know, once a year, the UNESCO Committee meets to decide which new sites will be inscribed on the World Heritage List. This year the UNESCO has added a total of 21 sites: 12 cultural sites, 6 natural and 3 mixed ones. This means the new grant total of UNESCO World Heritage sites is now 1,052.

Caution: These new additions are amazing! When browsing these new sites, you might experience an intense case of wanderlust! 

So here is the list of new additions:

  1. Antequera Dolmens Site, Spain
  2. Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites, Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Archaeological Site of Ani, Turkey
  4. The Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara(Nalanda University) at Nalanda, Bihar, India
  5. Archaeological Site of Philippi, Greece
  6. Gorham’s Cave Complex, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  7. Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia, Micronesia
  8. Pampulha Modern Ensemble, Brazil
  9. Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia
  10. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement, Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland
  11. The Persian Qanat, Iran
  12. Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, China
  13. Archipiélago de Revillagigedo, Mexico
  14. Hubei Shennongjia, China
  15. Lut Desert, Iran
  16. Mistaken Point, Canada
  17. Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park, Sudan
  18. Western Tien-Shan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
  19. Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape, Chad
  20. Khangchendzonga National Park, India
  21. The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities, Iraq


You can check the UNESCO site here for more info and to see even more pictures, you can check out the UNESCO official photographer site: Our Place. (I think I need a job there!!)


An incredible diversity of amazing places! 

These new sites are incredible. Personally, I had no ideas some of those sites existed.

As a UNESCO World Heritage fan, I must add that the Committee  has made my life even more complicated with these new entries, as a few of the new sites are cross border and some spread over several continents!!

For example, I’m super pleased that le Corbusier made it to the list, and I have seen some of his constructions in Europe but I didn’t know he designed buildings in Japan, India and Argentina.  17 sites in one listing… I’m just not sure how to manage!! 😉


100 sites visited! 

Mr A and I have reached a significant mile stone!! We have visited 100 UNESCO World Heritage sites. ???

Last year, I planned a road trip which took us through part of Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway where we managed to visit 12 different sites in 2 weeks. Not bad, especially considering the distance. I still haven’t told you a lot about these, but this road trip helped a lot to get us closer to our goal!!


100 seems a lot but it is only 10% of all sites! So I guess we’ll have to keep traveling to see all those wonders….



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