The list of new Unesco sites is updated again, with twenty new entries and five extensions of sites already present among UNESCO’s sites. Let’s discover together the new UNESCO’s sites!

Aphrodisias, one of the new UNESCO's Sites
Aphrodisias – Photo by Ana Raquel S. Hernandes via Flickr

Sites recognized by UNESCO are those places spread all over the world that have an extraordinary historical, cultural or environmental value. Unbelievable places that deserve to be a World heritage and for this reason they must be preserved and protected. For this year, UNESCO has evaluated 33 proposals, approving 25, reaching 1073 sites of interest. And Italy confirms its primacy with 53 UNESCO sites distributed in 17 regions. From this year the primeval beech forests, ranging from the Abruzzo National Park to the Umbrian Forest, and the Venetian Works of Defense, that are also found in Croatia and Montenegro, have also become heritage.

China continues to grow and it seems that overtaking is getting closer: with the new entry of the island of Kulangsu and the Qinghai Hoh Xil Reserve, China reaches 52 Unesco’s sites.

Los Alerces National Park, one of the newest UNESCO's Sites
Los Alerces National Park – Photo by .Luc. via Flickr

The new twenty new sites in UNESCO’s heritage are both historic and cultural sites and natural parks; three are in Africa, nine in Asia, four in Europe, three in America and one in Oceania. In particular, these are the other Unesco’s sites:

  1. Los Alerces National Park, Argentina
  2. Region of Dauria, Mongolia
  3. Mbanza Kongo, Angola
  4. Valongo Wharf, archeological site, Brazil
  5. Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia
  6. Asmara, Eritrea
  7. Taputapuātea, French Polynesia
  8. Kujataa, Greenland
  9. Caves of Swabian Jura, Germany
  10. Ahmadabad, India
  11. Yazd, Iran
  12. Sacred Island of Okinoshima, Japan
  13. Aphrodisias, Turkey
  14. Hebron Old Town, Palestine
  15. ǂKhomani, South Africa
  16. Tarnowskie Góry, lead-silver-zinc mine, Poland
  17. Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of Sviyazhsk
  18. Lake District, United Kingdom
Sambor Prei Kuk, among the newest UNESCO's sites
Sambor Prei Kuk – Photo by Richard Weil via Flickr

For the world of tourism, these awards have an invaluable value: they often shed light on lesser-known places, that are unknown by tourists around the world.


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