Cultural World Heritage sites are a list of the world’s cultural and natural assets designated by UNESCO. The purpose of this list is to ensure that these heritages are preserved and passed on to future generations. In our land of paradise there are many historical and natural beauties that are protected by UNESCO. UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites is regularly updated to include new sites from all over the world. In this article we will be looking at sites of attraction from different countries that made it to the list. Here are those beauties we wish to preserve for future generations!
1. Dorset and East Devon Coasts, United Kingdom
The coasts of Dorset and East Devon, also known as the Jurassic coast, are UNESCO protected areas. This wide stretch of coast has red clay cliffs, beaches filled with fossils of early dinosaurs, peaceful coves, lush grasslands and landscapes straight out of heaven.
2. Sichuan Panda Sanctuaries, China
Located in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan and surrounded by huge parks and mountains, the area provides a refuge for the most charming and lovable inhabitants of China, the pandas. Inhabited by pandas, which had until recently been on the list of species facing extinction, the area is one of those sites of attraction protected by UNESCO. Let’s not forget, thanks to the World Wildlife Fund’s successful policies, pandas are no longer on the list of endangered species. They are now categorized as sensitive and vulnerable species!
3. Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, Hungary / Slovakia
The Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, the largest cave system in Central Europe with 712 caves ensconced inside them, are also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These caves, created over millions of years, are exceptional in terms of the interesting structures they feature and the diversity of their habitats!
4. The Lut Desert, Iran
The Lut Desert in southeast Iran is one of the hottest and driest places on earth. The highest ever surface temperature recorded was here, which was 70°C. This natural wonder was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
5. Mount Etna, Italy
Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, is located on the eastern coast of Sicily. It is known that it had around 200 eruptions dating back to 1500 BC. Spooky traces of hot lava around the volcano, traces of new lava flows, rocks covered with pine and birch forests formed through ancient eruptions... all this makes it a must-see place in the world.
6. Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal, the oldest, deepest and largest freshwater lake in the world, is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The lake, which resembles a banana, is the habitat of freshwater seals. How the seals got there is still a mystery.
7. Dilmun Burial Mounds, Bahrain
The Dilmun Burial Mounds, recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, consist of approximately 11,000 burial mounds. These burial mounds, which were known to have been built between 2050 and 1750 BC, are unique not only because of the sheer number of the mounds, but also owing to the spectacular sights they offer, like burial chambers filled with alcoholic drinks.
8. Ancient Iron Metallurgy Sites, Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso, which means “Land of the Incorruptible”, is a country that remained under French rule for a long time before finally gaining its independence. But the country is still riven by turmoil and therefore, many people live in inhumane conditions. These ancient iron metallurgy sites, known to be over 2900 years old, were recently added to the list of cultural heritage sites.
9. Mistaken Point, Canada
Mistaken Point, located in the south of Canada’s Newfoundland, is full of well-preserved fossils. It is estimated that these fossils, whose precise age cannot be pinpointed because they are covered with layers of volcanic ash, were formed 565 million years ago. This makes it one of the oldest sites among its peers.
10. Danube Delta, Romania
The Danube, the second longest river in Europe, crosses 10 different countries before reaching the Black Sea forming river banks lined with wetlands, reeds, willows and poplars. It is known that more than 300 species of birds live in this world heritage site. One of the most interesting bird species in the region are the white pelicans.
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