Unesco Heritage list grows by 33 new sites

Unesco Heritage list grows by 33 new sites

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It now totals 1,153 sites worldwide

A lighthouse in France, a national park in Gabon, an almost century-old Trans-Iranian railway — in total 33 cultural and natural sites have been added to the Unesco Heritage Sites list. With the latest expansion, the number of sites worldwide stands at 1,153.

Bologna’s Porticoes have also made it to the listBologna’s Porticoes have also made it to the list — Shutterstock

The World Heritage Committee reviewed 39 nominations at its 44th annual meeting in July and selected 28 cultural and five natural sites as the latest additions. This year, the meeting was held online and chaired in the Chinese city Fuzhou.

This year the Committee had to review a larger number of submissions than usual — for both 2020 and 2021 — since it couldn’t hold a meeting last year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Liverpool was stripped of its Unesco status

Liverpool was stripped of its Unesco statusLiverpool was stripped of its Unesco status — Shutterstock

While these 33 sites can celebrate being added to the list, July brought sad news for the UK’s Liverpool. The city was removed from the Unesco Heritage Sites list after the UN agency decided it had failed to conserve its historic waterfront area.

“I’m sad because I think UNESCO have got this completely wrong. For starters, the report that was drafted for the World Heritage Committee is littered with errors and unsubstantiated claims,” said Joanne Anderson, mayor of Liverpool.

“The chief error is the assertion our World Heritage site has deteriorated. I’m sorry – that is patently untrue. It is quite the reverse. In fact, Liverpool’s site has never looked better.”

Full list of Unesco’s latest additions


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Arslantepe Mound (Turkey)

Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex (Peru)

Colonies of Benevolence (Belgium/Netherlands)

The Great Spa Towns of Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Cordouan Lighthouse (France)

Nice, Winter Resort Town of the Riviera (France)

Dholavira: a Harappan City (India)

Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana (India)

Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt (Germany)

ShUM Sites of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (Germany)

Frontiers of the Roman Empire — The Lower German Limes (Germany/the Netherlands)

Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles (Italy)

The Porticoes of Bologna (Italy)

Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences (Spain)

Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China (China)

Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania)

Sítio Roberto Burle Marx (Brazil)

The work of engineer Eladio Dieste: Church of Atlántida (Uruguay)

Trans-Iranian Railway (Iran)

Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat (Iran)

Ḥimā Cultural Area (Saudi Arabia)

Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan)

Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan (Japan)

Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands (Georgia)

Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats (South Korea)

Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand)

As-Salt – The Place of Tolerance and Urban Hospitality (Jordan)

Settlement and Artificial Mummification of the Chinchorro Culture in the Arica and Parinacota Region (Chile)

Sudanese style mosques in northern Côte d’Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire)

The works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana — Human Centred Urban Design (Slovenia)

The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales (United Kingdom)

Petroglyphs of Lake Onega and the White Sea (Russia)

Ivindo National Park (Gabon)

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