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UNESCO and UN cultural agency added nine new sites on its In World Heritage List. This decision taken at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • World Heritage recorded sites is now 981.
  • It includes both cultural and natural wonders.
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9 new World Heritage Sites are:

Old city of Ani (Turkey):

  • Turkish authority of Kars.
  • In the 10th century, It had served as the capital of the Armenian kingdom.

Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape (China):

  • Dates back to the 5th century BC.
  • Landscape overlaps steep bluffs in southwest China and represent the only trace left of the Luoyue people.

Qanat (Iran):

  • It is an aqueducts trapped into sedimentary aquifer and transported water underground across vast valleys.
  • It helps in settlements in the waterless areas and sustaining agricultural life.

Nalanda Mahavihara (India):

  • Nalanda Mahavihara is an archaeological site having remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BC to the 13th century AD.

Artificial islets of Nan Madol (Micronesia):

  • 99 artificial islets made of basalt and coral boulders.
  • They are home to remains ranging from temple to tombs dating between 1200 and 1500 AD.

Stecci Sites:

  • It is located in Bosnia, central and western Montenegro, southern Croatia and western Serbia.
  • It is Greek archaeological site founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II.

Antequera Dolmens (Spain):

  • Comprises of three megalithic memorials and two natural mountainous formations.

Gorham’s Cave Complex (Britain):

  • They are natural sea cavities in the British external territory of Gibraltar.
  • Site provides evidence of Neanderthal occupation over a span of more than 125, 000 years.

About UNESCO World Heritage List:

  • It includes sites of special cultural or physical implication.
  • List is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme and it’s administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
  • This committee includes 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the General Assembly.
  • Each World Heritage Site included in the list and this site remains part of the legal territory of the state where it is located.
  • Inclusion of sites in the list by UNESCO is in the interest of the international community to maintain each site.
  • Italy with 50 sites is home to the highest number of World Heritage Sites.

- Published on: July 19, 2016