UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Bath: the entire city is a heritage site including the Royal Crescent

The awarding of the status of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO always encourages more visitors to travel to them so the awards are widely saught. With the announcement yesterday of another nineteen newly added sites, the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites now number 981 in 160 countries. Two countries, Fiji and Qatar, gained their first sites.

The cultural sites that were added are Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (Canada), Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, (China); Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Levuka Historical Port Town (Fiji); Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany), Hill Forts of Rajashtan (India), Golestan Palace (Iran), Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Italy), Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (Japan), Historic Centre of Agadez (Niger), Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (Poland / Ukraine), University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia (Portugal), Al Zubarah Archaeological Site (Qatar), Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (Ukraine)

Five natural sites were added; Xinjiang Tianshan (China), Mount Etna (Italy), El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (Mexico), Namib Sand Sea (Namibia), Tajik National Park (Tajikistan)

CD-Traveller has been asked what the UK heritage sites are so here is the list with the names as listed by UNESCO. Some are not in the UK but are technically considered to be so such as the site in Bermuda as the UK government is responsible for them.

• Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd
• Durham Castle and Cathedral
• Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast
• Ironbridge Gorge
• St Kilda
• Stonehenge, Avebury and associated Sites
• Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey
• Blenheim Palace
• City of Bath
• Frontiers of the Roman Empire
• Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church
• Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church 32
• Henderson Island
• Tower of London
• Gough and Inaccessible Islands
• Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
• Maritime Greenwich
• Heart of Neolithic Orkney
• Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
• Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda
• Derwent Valley Mills
• Dorset and East Devon Coast
• New Lanark
• Saltaire
• Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
• Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
• Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
• Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal

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