New UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in North Wales has become a UNESCO world heritage site in the latest list to be produced by the organisation. It is the only one in the UK to be designated in this, the latest addition to the world’s most exclusive list of sites that make it almost become a tourism “must-see”.
Completed in the early years of the 19th century by Thomas Telford is described as a masterpiece of creative genius, and recognised as a structure that inspired many projects all over the world.
It isn’t the only new designated site that is near to us. Spreading over the Netherlands and Germany, the Wadden Sea coastal wetland area that is the winter home to up to 12 millions birds per annum is included.
So to are the Dolomites that large mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, so beloved of British skiers and The Tower of Hercules in Spain which has served as a lighthouse and landmark at the entrance of La Coruña harbour in north-western Spain since the late 1st century A.D.
In Belgium, a Brussels house has been added, Stoclet House which is only just over 100 years old but which was built without worry of money. The owner just gave carte blanche to the architects and the creation is well worth a visit next time you’re there as is the watchmaking area of Switzerland, La Chaux-de-Fonds, some of which hasn’t changed since the seventeenth century.
To see the full list visit the UNESCO website at http://unesco.org.

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