New Locations Added to the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ List

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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.

Paphos UNESCO World Heritage site

The 26 sites recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list are:

  1. Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley, Malaysia
  2. Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes, Senegal
  3. Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem, Palestine
  4. Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications, Portugal
  5. Gonbad-e Qābus, Iran
  6. Landscape of Grand Pré, Canada
  7. Margravial Opera House Bayreuth, Germany
  8. Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, Iran
  9. Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey
  10. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, France
  11. Rabat, modern capital and historic city: a shared heritage, Morocco
  12. Site of Xanadu, China
  13. Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves, Israel
  14. Chengjiang Fossil Site, China
  15. Lakes of Ounianga, Chad
  16. Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russian Federation
  17. Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau
  18. Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, Indonesia
  19. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland, Sweden
  20. Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija, Slovenia/Spain
  21. Historic town of Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire
  22. Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, Belgium
  23. Pearling, testimony of an island economy, Bahrain
  24. Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea, Brazil
  25. Sangha Trinational, Cameroon/Central African Republic/Congo
  26. Western Ghats, India

Further details of UNESCO World Heritage sites can be found by clicking here.

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