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27 New Sites Added To UNESCO's World Heritage List

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | July 06, 2015

27 New Sites Added To UNESCO's World Heritage List

Rjukan seen from top of Krosso Aerial Cableway in Norway (photo courtesy of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nomination File)

The World Heritage Committee had their annual session this week, and placed 27 new sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Of those locales, 24 are cultural, two are natural and one is mixed. They are as varied as the Notodden Industrial Heritage Site in Norway to the La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Wine and Vineyard Cultural Landscape in Spain.

The United States added one to its list with the San Antonio Missions. This site is made up of five frontier mission complexes that are located on the San Antonio River Basin and a ranch located 37 miles to the south. Originally built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century, the site includes “architectural and archaeological structures, farmlands, residencies, churches and granaries, as well as water distribution systems.”

Jamaica received its first-ever spot on the list with the addition of the Blue and John Crow Mountains. This region is rugged and forested in the southeast section of the country and is historically known for providing “refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then for Maroons (escaped African slaves).” The site is also a biodiversity hotspot for the Caribbean with a number of plant species present.

Other countries receiving inscription include Germany, Israel, Scotland, Italy, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Mongolia, Singapore, Denmark, France, and Turkey.

To see the full list, including descriptions and photographs, click here.


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