Lago Menendez, Alerces National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

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UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) announced in July that there will be 21 new additions to the World Heritage site list.

All of the selected destinations are recognised for their outstanding value to humanity, having been chosen based on a criteria of cultural and natural aspects. These range from masterpieces of human creative genius and landscapes of exceptional natural beauty, to significance to human history and significant natural habitats for biodiversity.

UNESCO have added 21 sites to the selection following the 41st annual World Heritage Committee session in Krakow, Poland, bringing the total number of World Heritage Sites to 1,073.

The full list of this year’s new cultural and natural sites is:

Turkey – Aphrodisias, Archaeological site and marble quarries

Eritrea – Asmara, Modernist city of Africa

Russia – Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of Sviyazhsk

Germany – Caves and ice age art in the Swabian Jura

Palestinian territories – Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town

Iran – Historic city of Yazd

Denmark – Kujataa Greenland, sub-arctic farming landscape

China – Kulangsu, historic international settlement

Angola – Mbanza Kongo, political and spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Kongo

Japan – Sacred Island of Okinoshima

France – Taputapuātea, centre of the ‘Polynesian Triangle’

Poland - Tarnowskie Góry, lead-silver-zinc mine

United Kingdom – English Lake District

Brazil – Valongo Wharf, archaeological site

Croatia, Italy, Montenegro – Venetian Works of Defence

South Africa – Khomani Cultural Landscape

Mongolia, Russia – Landscapes of Dauria (Natural Site)

Argentina – Los Alerces National Park (Natural Site)

China – Qinghai Hoh Xil, the highest and largest plateau in the world (Natural Site)

India – Ahmedabad, historic city

Made up of representatives from 21 countries, the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee meet each year to vote for natural, cultural and sites of mixed significance from around the world to add to the prestigious list.

 

Lake District

Additions to the list began in 1978 and the process of adding new sites to the list began in 1978 and is taken very seriously by nations across the world. Having the words ‘UNESCO World Heritage site’ is like gold dust in the world of tourism marketing, meaning that nations dedicate many years pitching for inclusion.

With 1,073 properties around the world, you won’t be short of stunning cultural and natural sites to visit when you book a world cruise holiday.

 

 

 

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