UNESCO Adds 24 New Sites to World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee decided over the inscription of new UNESCO World Heritage sites during their 39th convention from June 28 to July 8 2015 in Bonn. The inscriptions of 24 new sites happened from Friday to Sunday. The UNESCO World Heritage List now counts 1031 sites. Also, three existing sites were extended.

23 New Cultural Properties Inscribed:

  • Tusi Sites (China)
  • Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement (Denmark)
  • The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
  • Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
  • Climats, terroirs of Burgundy (France)
  • Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany)
  • Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Iran)
  • Susa (Iran)
  • Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal (Israel)
  • Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale (Italy)
  • Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan)
  • Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)
  • Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System (Mexico)
  • Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape (Mongolia)
  • Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway)
  • Baekje Historic Areas (Republic of Korea)
  • Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)
  • Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore)
  • Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
  • Ephesus (Turkey)
  • The Forth Bridge (United Kingdom)
  • San Antonio Missions (United States of America)
  • Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape (Uruguay)

1 New Mixed (Cultural and Natural) Property Inscribed:

  • Blue and John Crow Mountains (Jamaica)

3 Major Boundary Changes to Existing Sites:

  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (South Africa)
  • Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain (Spain)
  • Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (Vietnam)

With the new inscribed sites I can also add at least two new sites to my UNESCO postcard collection. I already have postcards of Speicherstadt in Hamburg and San Antonio Missions (if I’ll find them in my pile of cards). Also, a trip to Hamburg is still on my list. I had briefly thought about going there last month, but then went to Trier and Luxembourg instead. Maybe I’ll be able to go later this year so I may have some cards to swap then.

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