From Bahrain to Burkina Faso, UNESCO announces new World Heritage Sites

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Hyrcanian Forests - Hyrcanian forests form a unique forested massif that stretches 850 kilometers along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The history of these broad-leaved forests dates back 25 to 50 million years, when they covered most of this Northern Temperate region. To date, 180 species of birds typical of broad-leaved temperate forests and 58 mammal species have been recorded, including the iconic Persian Leopard.
FARIBA BABAEI
Hyrcanian Forests - Hyrcanian forests form a unique forested massif that stretches 850 kilometers along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The history of these broad-leaved forests dates back 25 to 50 million years, when they covered most of this Northern Temperate region. To date, 180 species of birds typical of broad-leaved temperate forests and 58 mammal species have been recorded, including the iconic Persian Leopard.
French Austral Lands and Seas - This “oasis” in the middle of the Southern Ocean covers an area of more than 67 million hectares and supports one of the highest concentrations of birds and marine mammals in the world. In particular, it has the largest population of King Penguins and Yellow-nosed albatrosses in the world.
NELLY GRAVIER
French Austral Lands and Seas - This “oasis” in the middle of the Southern Ocean covers an area of more than 67 million hectares and supports one of the highest concentrations of birds and marine mammals in the world. In particular, it has the largest population of King Penguins and Yellow-nosed albatrosses in the world.
Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi - The Milk River Valley dominates the topography of this cultural landscape, which is characterized by a concentration of pillars or hoodoos—columns of rock sculpted by erosion into spectacular shapes. The Blackfoot (Siksikáíítsitapi) people left engravings and paintings on the sandstone walls of the Milk River Valley, bearing testimony to messages from Sacred Beings. The archaeological remains date from 1800 BCE to the beginning of the post-contact period.
ALBERTA PARKS
Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi - The Milk River Valley dominates the topography of this cultural landscape, which is characterized by a concentration of pillars or hoodoos—columns of rock sculpted by erosion into spectacular shapes. The Blackfoot (Siksikáíítsitapi) people left engravings and paintings on the sandstone walls of the Milk River Valley, bearing testimony to messages from Sacred Beings. The archaeological remains date from 1800 BCE to the beginning of the post-contact period.
Water Management System of Augsburg - The water management system of the city of Augsburg has evolved in successive phases from the 14th century to the present day. It includes a network of canals, water towers dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, which housed pumping machinery, a water-cooled butchers’ hall, a system of three monumental fountains and hydroelectric power stations, which continue to provide sustainable energy today. The technological innovations generated by this water management system have helped establish Augsburg as a pioneer in hydraulic engineering.
Water Management System of Augsburg - The water management system of the city of Augsburg has evolved in successive phases from the 14th century to the present day. It includes a network of canals, water towers dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, which housed pumping machinery, a water-cooled butchers’ hall, a system of three monumental fountains and hydroelectric power stations, which continue to provide sustainable energy today. The technological innovations generated by this water management system have helped establish Augsburg as a pioneer in hydraulic engineering.
The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright - This new UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of eight buildings in the US designed by the architect during the first half of the 20th century, including the Fallingwater (Mill Run, Pennsylvania), the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (Madison, Wisconsin) and the Guggenheim Museum (New York). The buildings reflect the “organic architecture” developed by Wright, which includes an open plan, a blurring of the boundaries between exterior and interior and the unprecedented use of materials such as steel and concrete.
The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright - This new UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of eight buildings in the US designed by the architect during the first half of the 20th century, including the Fallingwater (Mill Run, Pennsylvania), the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (Madison, Wisconsin) and the Guggenheim Museum (New York). The buildings reflect the “organic architecture” developed by Wright, which includes an open plan, a blurring of the boundaries between exterior and interior and the unprecedented use of materials such as steel and concrete.
Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies -  This site comprises nine seowon, which represents a type of Neo-Confucian academy of the Joseon dynasty (15th to 19th centuries CE). Learning, veneration of scholars and interaction with the environment were the essential functions of the seowons, expressed in their design. The pavilion-style buildings were intended to facilitate connections to the landscape. The seowons illustrate an historical process in which Neo-Confucianism from China was adapted to Korean conditions.
Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies - This site comprises nine seowon, which represents a type of Neo-Confucian academy of the Joseon dynasty (15th to 19th centuries CE). Learning, veneration of scholars and interaction with the environment were the essential functions of the seowons, expressed in their design. The pavilion-style buildings were intended to facilitate connections to the landscape. The seowons illustrate an historical process in which Neo-Confucianism from China was adapted to Korean conditions.
 Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria  -  Located in a vast mountainous area in the center of Gran Canaria in the canary Islands, Risco Caído comprises cliffs, ravines and volcanic formations in a landscape of rich biodiversity. The landscape includes a large number of troglodyte settlements —habitats, granaries and cisterns— whose age is proof of the presence of a pre-Hispanic culture on the island.
NACHO GONZALEZ
Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria - Located in a vast mountainous area in the center of Gran Canaria in the canary Islands, Risco Caído comprises cliffs, ravines and volcanic formations in a landscape of rich biodiversity. The landscape includes a large number of troglodyte settlements —habitats, granaries and cisterns— whose age is proof of the presence of a pre-Hispanic culture on the island.
Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto - This World Heritage Site was developed by the Netherlands’ colonial government from the late 19th to the beginning of the 20th century for the extraction, processing and transport of high-quality coal in an inaccessible region of Sumatra. The Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage was built as an integrated system that enabled the efficient deep-bore extraction, processing, transport and shipment of coal.
Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto - This World Heritage Site was developed by the Netherlands’ colonial government from the late 19th to the beginning of the 20th century for the extraction, processing and transport of high-quality coal in an inaccessible region of Sumatra. The Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage was built as an integrated system that enabled the efficient deep-bore extraction, processing, transport and shipment of coal.
Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan -  Located on a plateau in Osaka, the site includes 49 kofun or old mounds in Japanese shaped like keyholes, scallops, squares or circles. These tombs were for members of the elite, containing a range of funerary objects such as weapons, armor and ornaments. The kofun have been selected from a total of 160,000 in Japan and form the richest material representation of the Kofun period, from the 3rd to the 6th century CE. They also demonstrate the differences in social classes of that period and reflect a highly sophisticated funerary system.
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Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan - Located on a plateau in Osaka, the site includes 49 kofun or old mounds in Japanese shaped like keyholes, scallops, squares or circles. These tombs were for members of the elite, containing a range of funerary objects such as weapons, armor and ornaments. The kofun have been selected from a total of 160,000 in Japan and form the richest material representation of the Kofun period, from the 3rd to the 6th century CE. They also demonstrate the differences in social classes of that period and reflect a highly sophisticated funerary system.
Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region -  An ensemble of four mining sites, dating from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age (about 3900 to 1600 BCE), Krzemionki is dedicated to the extraction and processing of striped flint, which was mainly used for axe-making. With its underground mining structures, flint workshops and some 4,000 shafts and pits, the site features one of the most comprehensive prehistoric underground flint extraction and processing systems identified to date.
Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region - An ensemble of four mining sites, dating from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age (about 3900 to 1600 BCE), Krzemionki is dedicated to the extraction and processing of striped flint, which was mainly used for axe-making. With its underground mining structures, flint workshops and some 4,000 shafts and pits, the site features one of the most comprehensive prehistoric underground flint extraction and processing systems identified to date.
Jodrell Bank Observatory -  One of the world's leading radio astronomy observatories, Jodrell Bank first opened in 1945 and housed research on cosmic rays detected by radar echoes. The observatory, which is still in operation, has had substantial scientific impact in fields such as the study of meteors and the moon, the discovery of quasars, quantum optics, and the tracking of spacecraft.
ANTHONY HOLLOWAY
Jodrell Bank Observatory - One of the world's leading radio astronomy observatories, Jodrell Bank first opened in 1945 and housed research on cosmic rays detected by radar echoes. The observatory, which is still in operation, has had substantial scientific impact in fields such as the study of meteors and the moon, the discovery of quasars, quantum optics, and the tracking of spacecraft.
Historic Centre of Sheki - Located at the foot of the Greater Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan, the historic city center of Sheki is was rebuilt after the destruction of an earlier town by mudflows in the 18th century. The city's architecture is influenced by Safavid, Qadjar and Russian building traditions.
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Historic Centre of Sheki - Located at the foot of the Greater Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan, the historic city center of Sheki is was rebuilt after the destruction of an earlier town by mudflows in the 18th century. The city's architecture is influenced by Safavid, Qadjar and Russian building traditions.
Erzgebirge Mining Region - The region of Erzgebirge/Krušnoho?í (Ore Mountains), which straddle the two countries, became the most important source of silver ore in Europe from 1460 to 1560 and was the trigger for technological innovations.
JAN ALBRECHT
Erzgebirge Mining Region - The region of Erzgebirge/Krušnoho?í (Ore Mountains), which straddle the two countries, became the most important source of silver ore in Europe from 1460 to 1560 and was the trigger for technological innovations.
Dilmun Burial Mounds - Built between 2050 and 1750 BCE, the Dilmun Burial Mounds span over 21 archaeological sites in Bahrain. According to UNESCO, the burial mounds are evidence of the Early Dilmun civilization, around the 2nd millennium BCE, during which Bahrain became a trade hub, whose prosperity enabled the inhabitants to develop an elaborate burial tradition applicable to the entire population.
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Dilmun Burial Mounds - Built between 2050 and 1750 BCE, the Dilmun Burial Mounds span over 21 archaeological sites in Bahrain. According to UNESCO, the burial mounds are evidence of the Early Dilmun civilization, around the 2nd millennium BCE, during which Bahrain became a trade hub, whose prosperity enabled the inhabitants to develop an elaborate burial tradition applicable to the entire population.
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape - Encompassing the Budj Bim Volcano and Tae Rak (Lake Condah), this site composed of wetland swamps, rocky ridges and large marshes has enabled the Aboriginal nation of Gunditjmara to develop one of the largest and oldest aquaculture networks in the world. The channels, dams and weirs here have been used to contain floodwaters and create basins to trap, store and harvest kooyang eel, which has provided the people there with an economic and social base for six millennia.
GUNDITJ MIRRING TRADITIONAL OWNERS ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape - Encompassing the Budj Bim Volcano and Tae Rak (Lake Condah), this site composed of wetland swamps, rocky ridges and large marshes has enabled the Aboriginal nation of Gunditjmara to develop one of the largest and oldest aquaculture networks in the world. The channels, dams and weirs here have been used to contain floodwaters and create basins to trap, store and harvest kooyang eel, which has provided the people there with an economic and social base for six millennia.
Bagan - A favourite of many travelers, Bagan finally gets its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this year. According to UNESCO, the site’s eight components include temples, stupas, monasteries and places of pilgrimage, as well as archaeological remains, frescoes and sculptures. “The property bears spectacular testimony to the peak of Bagan civilization (11th–13th centuries CE), when the site was the capital of a regional empire,” UNESCO said.
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Bagan - A favourite of many travelers, Bagan finally gets its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this year. According to UNESCO, the site’s eight components include temples, stupas, monasteries and places of pilgrimage, as well as archaeological remains, frescoes and sculptures. “The property bears spectacular testimony to the peak of Bagan civilization (11th–13th centuries CE), when the site was the capital of a regional empire,” UNESCO said.
Babylon - Yes, there are ruins of the city that was the capital of the Neo-Babylonian Empire between 626 and 539 BCE. “Its remains, outer and inner-city walls, gates, palaces and temples, are a unique testimony to one of the most influential empires of the ancient world,” according to UNESCO.
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Babylon - Yes, there are ruins of the city that was the capital of the Neo-Babylonian Empire between 626 and 539 BCE. “Its remains, outer and inner-city walls, gates, palaces and temples, are a unique testimony to one of the most influential empires of the ancient world,” according to UNESCO.
Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites of Burkina Faso - The property includes about fifteen standing, natural-draught furnaces well as several other furnace structures, mines and traces of dwellings, which are evidence of iron production in the African country of Burkina Faso.
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Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites of Burkina Faso - The property includes about fifteen standing, natural-draught furnaces well as several other furnace structures, mines and traces of dwellings, which are evidence of iron production in the African country of Burkina Faso.
22July2019