UNESCO announces 9 new World Heritage Sites
The U.N. cultural agency on Friday placed nine new sites on its World Heritage List, including a medieval Armenian city located in northeast Turkey.
|The Church of the Redeemer and Kars are part of the Ani Ruins in Turkey |
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Other sites announced Friday include China's Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape, Iran's ancient aqueducts known as Qanat, and India's archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara. A transboundary site located in Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, and heritage sites in Greece, Spain and Gibraltar also made the list.
|Huashan rock art cultural landscape, Zuojiang, China |
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Made of basalt and coral boulders, the 99 artificial islets of Nan Madol are home to ruins ranging from temple to tombs dating between A.D. 1200 and 1500.
|Ruins of the Nalanda University at Nalanda, India |
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Iran's Qanat system tapped into alluvial aquifer and transported water underground across vast valleys helping sustain agricultural life and settlements in arid areas.
|Dolmen of Menga, Menga Megalithic Dolmen, Antequera, Malaga province, Andalusia, Spain |
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The medieval tombstones and graveyards, known as stecci, combine 30 sites in Bosnia, central and southern Croatia, western Montenegro and western Serbia. Carved from limestone, they feature decorative motives and inscriptions.
|Theatre at the archaeological site of Philippi, eastern Macedonia, Greece |
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The Antequera Dolmens site, in Andalusia, southern Spain, is comprised of three megalithic monuments as well as two natural mountainous formations.
|Ruins of a stone wall at Nan Madol, Micronesia |
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Gathered from July 10-20 in Istanbul, the committee is reviewing 27 sites of special cultural or natural significance which have been nominated for the World Heritage List.
Source: The Associated Press [July 15, 2016]