New Locations Added to the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ List
What do an 18th-century German opera house, a mining town in France and the birthplace of Jesus all have in common? They’ve all just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, along with 23 other locations.
Today, UNESCO protects and preserves almost 1,000 of the world’s most visually amazing and culturally significant sites.
Now that these 26 new locations have been added to the World Heritage Sites list, they should be entitled to a higher level of protection and more funding for preservation.
A lot of this extra funding will come through tourism, which is why UNESCO will be actively promoting travel to these places to travelers. One of the main differences now, however, is that they’ll make sure the tourism is sustainable, and that the money generated goes back into preserving the area.
The 26 sites recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list are:
- Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley, Malaysia
- Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes, Senegal
- Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem, Palestine
- Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications, Portugal
- Gonbad-e Qābus, Iran
- Landscape of Grand Pré, Canada
- Margravial Opera House Bayreuth, Germany
- Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, Iran
- Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey
- Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, France
- Rabat, modern capital and historic city: a shared heritage, Morocco
- Site of Xanadu, China
- Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves, Israel
- Chengjiang Fossil Site, China
- Lakes of Ounianga, Chad
- Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russian Federation
- Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau
- Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, Indonesia
- Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland, Sweden
- Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija, Slovenia/Spain
- Historic town of Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire
- Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, Belgium
- Pearling, testimony of an island economy, Bahrain
- Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea, Brazil
- Sangha Trinational, Cameroon/Central African Republic/Congo
- Western Ghats, India
Further details of UNESCO World Heritage sites can be found by clicking here.
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