1007 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Ever since I started collecting postcards, I’ve become interested in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are currently my main collection topic and a great inspiration for vacation planning.

Naturally, I have followed the announcement of new inscriptions to the UNESCO WHS list in the last days. The World Heritage Committee met for its 38th session in Doha, Qatar. During this meeting, 26 new properties were added to the WHS list. Among them was the 1000th site, the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Germany can also claim a new site with the Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey in North Rhine-Westphalia. Also, the existing UNESCO site Wadden Sea was extended by further areas in Germany and the Netherlands, and the Danish Wadden Sea was additionally added.

In all, there are now 1007 World Heritage sites. For me this means plenty of postcards to collect, as well as many beautiful and fascinating holiday destinations to choose from.

21 new cultural UNESCO sites:

  • Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex (Russian Federation)
  • Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
  • Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey (Germany)
  • Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves (Israel)
  • Decorated cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche (France)
  • Erbil Citadel (Iraq)
  • Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah (Saudi Arabia)
  • Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (United States of America)
  • Namhansanseong (Republic of Korea)
  • Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir (Palestine)
  • Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
  • Precolumbian chiefdom settlements with stone spheres of the Diquís (Costa Rica)
  • Pyu Ancient Cities (Myanmar)
  • Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru)
  • Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat (India)
  • Shahr-I Sokhta (Iran)
  • Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor (China, Kasakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)
  • The Grand Canal (China)
  • The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Italy)
  • Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites (Japan)
  • Van Nellefabriek (Netherlands)

Four new natural properties:

  • Great Himalayan National Park (India)
  • Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (Philippines)
  • Okavango Delta (Botswana)
  • Stevns Klint (Denmark)

One new mixed (cultural and natural) property:

  • Trang An Landscape Complex (Vietnam)

Extensions to four UNESCO sites:

  • Bialowieza Forest (Belarus, Poland)
  • Wadden Sea (Denmark, Germany, Netherlands)
  • Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche (Mexico)
  • South China Karst (Phase II) (China)
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