For those of you planning a world trip, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has thoughtfully just added 13 new sites to its list of cultural must-sees proving there is more to travel than Saint Tropez.
Spain – The Tower of Hercules
A Roman 1st Century lighthouse in the north-western Spain, 55 metres high. It’s the only lighthouse of Greco-Roman antiquity to have retained a measure of structural integrity and functional continuity.
Korea - Joseon Dynasty royal tombs
A complex of 40 tombs built from 1408 to 1966 to honour the memory of ancestors.
Netherlands – Wadden sea
A large flat coastal wetland giving rise to a multitude of transitional habitats, and wintering area for up to 12 millions birds. Netherlans has seven more places on World Heritage list, including the Defence line of Amsterdam and the Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout.
Cape Verde – Cidade Velha
The first colonial outpost in the tropics, at the south of Santiago, named Ribeira grande until the 18th century.
Burkina Faso – The ruins of Loropeni
A stone walls complex surrounded by mistery near the borders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo. Only partially excavated, is the first Burkina Faso’s place to be added on The List.
Kyrgyzstan – Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain
A religious site at the crossroads of important routes on the Central Asian Silk Roads, full of caves with petroglyphs epresenting humans and animals as well as geometrical forms. The site is believed to represent the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in Central Asia.
Belgium – Stoclet House
One of the most important Art Nouveau buildings, erected during the first years of the 20th century; it features works by Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt.
Switzerland - La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle
Two small industrial towns of the 19th century, situated close to one another in the Swiss Jura Mountains, reflecting watchmakers’ need of rational organization.
United Kingdom - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
A pionistic masterpiece of ingeneering during the industrial revoltion, in north eastern Wales. Its arches, both monumental and elegant, are still an inspiration source.
Iran - Shushtar Hydraulic System
A system of channels and tunnels which can be traced back to Barius The Great in the 5th century b.C. It is still used to provide water to the city of Shushtar and over an area colled Mianâb (Paradise), where it has enabled the planting of orchards and farming.
Peru – Sacred City of Caral-Supe
A 5000-year-old archaeological site overlooking the green valley of the Supe river. It’s the oldest centre of civilization in the Americas and the 11th Peruvian site on World Heritage List.
Italy – The Dolomite mountains
A mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, with vertical walls colored in pink by the sunset, pinnacles and rock walls. Italy is the country with the biggest number of sites on Heritage List, but Dolomites are only the second natural site of interest, after Aeolian Islands.
China – Mount Wutai
A sacred Buddhist mountain containing 53 monasteries built for over a millennium and including the Ming Dynasty Shuxiang Temple, with a huge complex of 500 statues.
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