Every year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new diversity of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible sites. These sites are selected based on a severe set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and outstanding universal value to humanity.
This year, the Committee added 26 dedications to the list, taking more sites of cultural, natural, and historical importance under the protection of the United Nations. Here are top 10 of the newly designated UNESCO world heritage sites.
10.Archaeological Site of Philippi-
A miniature version of Rome, Philippi founded in the fourth century B.C. hosted a theatre, temple, and forum at the foot of an acropolis in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. It is located on an ancient way connecting Europe and Asia, later became a center for Christianity, and remains of its basilicas still stand today.
9.The Architectural Work for Le Corbusier-
The French swiss architect again gets into the spotlight, when this year of his masterpieces in different countries was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The inventive genius has been leading the modern art movement since World War I. Le Corbusier’s bold drawing was not liked by everybody, but it is considered as of great importance to humanity and has therefore been added to the World Heritage Site list.
Named for the navigational hazard it poses at the often foggy southeastern tip of Newfoundland’s the Avalon Peninsula, Mistaken Point is home to the oldest composite life-forms found anywhere on Earth. People build the pilgrimage to see the compilation of fossils on a 565 million year old sea floor enclosed by rugged cliffs and pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hubei Shennongjia is located in the Hubei region of central-eastern China. Primarily it is divided into components, Badong to the west and Laojunshan to the east. The only well conserved subtropical forest ecosystem in the world’s middle latitudes, the Hubei Shennongjia, homes many rare animal species which are highly endangered. The site was well known earlier for collective trips for botanic research in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
6.Antigua Naval Dockyard-
Antigua’s historic district on the extreme south of the island. The Georgian-style marina set in Antigua’s deep, narrow bays came to prominence during the 18th century to protect the interests of sugarcane planters when European powers battled for control of the eastern Caribbean. Now painstakingly restored, the site served as the British Royal Navy’s home.
5.Antequera Dolmens Site-
Located at Malaga province in Southern Spain, the Antequera Dolmens site is described by UNESCO as one of the most important examples of European Megalith’s. A remarkable prehistoric architecture, the Antequera Dolmens site sits just between Atlantic and Mediterranean region and provides a mash-up of architecture that is nowhere to be seen. The mega dolmens site is also famous for its perfect astronomical positioning
Four underwater volcanic islands mark the site where, about 3.5 million years ago, there was an expansion of the ocean floor. The volcanic activity continues to make the reserve an important site for geological study. Nicknamed Mexico’s “little Galápagos,” the islands and surrounding waters offer a stopping point for seabirds and significant habitat for a range of wildlife, with an incredible abundance of, whales, dolphins, and sharks.
Located in the state of Bihar in northeastern India, the Nalanda Mahavira has received the distinction of being the oldest university in India. The Nalanda Mahavira region displays some top-class shrines, stupas and viharas, which are residential buildings for educational purposes. The Nalanda Mahavira is a very significant architectural evidence of Buddhism in India. For over 800 years, this fifth-century monastery, transmitted university knowledge and help grow Buddhism in India.
2.Gorham’s Cave Complex-
It’s located on the Gibraltar peninsula in Spain near Morocco, which has been a British territory since the early 18th century. Even more fascinating is that the limestone caves on the rock’s eastern side were once home to Neanderthals for at least 100,000 years. Four caves comprise Gorham’s Cave Complex, where archaeologists have uncovered rock carvings, decorative feathers and proof of a plant- and meat-based diet. The caves are also momentous because of the last known Neanderthal dwellings, whose inhabitants lived there as recently as 28,000 years ago.
1.Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape-
Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art cultural landscape is located along the Zuojiang river in South China. The spectacular site which was formed 200 million years ago, provides beautiful rock art which shows life and ritual of Luoyue people. Some scholars and archaeologists also believe that these paintings date back to fifth century B.C, and depicts scenes from Bronze Drum culture, which was once common across Southern China.
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