PICS: The world’s newest Heritage Sites are pretty amazing

2014-06-27 09:32
UNESCO has announced its latest editions to its coveted list of World Heritage Sites, and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, has made the list.

The World Heritage Site list began in 1978, and has since grown to include some of the world's most incredible sites.

As of 2014, 1007 sites either of cultural or physical significance have been listed. The list comes as a direct campaign by the United Nations to assist in the protection of sites for future generations, and to also create a worldwide awareness around the importance of these areas.

Here are the 20 newest sites:

1.     Okavango Delta, Botswana

The 2 million- hectare delta is home to some of the world's most endangered animals, including lions and white and black rhinos.


2.     Bolgar Complex, Russia

The Russian complex holds a unique history of the Volga-Bolgar civilization that existed between the 7th and 15th centuries.


3.     Caves of Maresha, Israel

These caves form part of the Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park in Israel and are below the ancient cities of Maresha. They hold deep agricultural, social and religious history.


4.     Earthworks of Poverty Point, United States

This monumental complex was built and used by a hunter-fisher-gatherer society between 3700 B.C and 3100 BC.


5.     Namhansanseong, South Korea

This majestic building was built by Buddhist soldier- monks during the Joseon dynasty (1392 - 1910).


6.     Grotte Chaveut Pont D'Arc, France

This cave found in the south of France is home to more than 1 000 drawings dating back to some 31 000 years. The cave was only discovered in 1994.


7.     Ran-ki-Vav (the Queen's Stepwell), India

This stepwell was built in the 11th century as a memorial. It was also functional as a managing water supply amid seasonal conditions.


8.     Trang An Complex, Vietnam

This landscape of cliffs and valleys is also home to caves that have evidence of human life dating back to nearly 30 000 years.


9.     Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont, Italy

The World Heritage Committee considers the Vineyard Landscape to be "one of the most harmonious and most consistent with the ideal of a 'scenic' rural and vineyard landscape."


10.    Battir, West Bank

This cultural landscape of Southern Jerusalem (the ancient city) was the first site UNESCO added to its World Heritage List.


11.    Pyu ancient cities, Myanmar
These ancient cities provide evidence of the fact that Pyu kingdoms existed between 200 B.C and 900 A.D.

12.    Pre-Columbian settlements, Costa Rica
This intriguing site has archaeological evidence of economic and political systems dating to between 500 and 1500 A.D.

13.    Stevns Klint chalk cliffs, Denmark
This site holds evidence of the impact of the meteorite that is believed to have caused the end of the age of the dinosaurs.

14.    Tian-Shan Corridor, Silk Roads, Asia
The 35 000-kilometer Silk Roads includes a system of trade routes. The existence of this corridor dates back to more than 2 000 years ago, and remained in use until the 1500s.

15.    Andean road system, South America
This road system was constructed over many centuries by the Inca Empire. The system reached its maximum expansion in the 15th century.

16.    Westwork and Civitas Corvey, Germany
Westwork is the largest remaining structure from the Carolingian architectural period, built between 822 and 885 A.D.

17.    Van Nellefabriek, Netherlands
Built in the 1920s, this factory's progressive design is considered as a revolutionary concept dubbed as being "far ahead of its time."

18.    Tomioka Silk Mill, Japan 

This historic mill represents Japan's efforts to update traditional silk production. It was built by the Meiji government in 1872.
19.    Historic Jedda, Gate to Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Historic Jedda was once a major port from the 7th century onward. Goods and pilgrims arrived by sea and went to Mecca through this Gate.

20.    Irbil Citadel, Iraq

Irbil Citadel is built on layers and layers of archaeological ruins that give evidece of civilizations dating back to the sixth millenium B.C.

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