The Month of July is this time of year where the UNESCO World Heritage List officially grows!
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:
- Antequera Dolmens Site, Spain
- Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites, Antigua and Barbuda
- Archaeological Site of Ani, Turkey
- The Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara(Nalanda University) at Nalanda, Bihar, India
- Archaeological Site of Philippi, Greece
- Gorham’s Cave Complex, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia, Micronesia
- Pampulha Modern Ensemble, Brazil
- Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement, Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland
- The Persian Qanat, Iran
- Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, China
- Archipiélago de Revillagigedo, Mexico
- Hubei Shennongjia, China
- Lut Desert, Iran
- Mistaken Point, Canada
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park, Sudan
- Western Tien-Shan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
- Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape, Chad
- Khangchendzonga National Park, India
- The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities, Iraq
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, Danemark, 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….