UNESCO adds 26 new sites to the World Heritage list

The 2012 inscriptions on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list were announced this week with 26 new sites named. The list includes first-time entrants in four countries: Palau, Chad, Congo and Palestine. The full list of new inscriptions is:

  • Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy (Bahrain)
  • Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (Belgium)
  • Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (Brazil)
  • The Landscape of Grand-Pré (Canada)
  • Site of Xanadu (China)
  • Historic Town Grand-Bassam (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (France)
  • Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (Germany)
  • Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the  Subak  System as a Manifestation of the  Tri Hita Karana  Philosophy (Indonesia)
  • Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Gonbad-e Qābus (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel : The Nahal Me’arot/Wadi el-Mughara Caves (Israel)
  • Archaelogical Heritage of the Lenggong Valley (Malaysia)
  • Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage (Morocco)
  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (Palestine)
  • Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications (Portugal)
  • Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes (Senegal)
  • Heritage of Mercury Almadén and Idrija (Slovenia/Spain)
  • Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland (Sweden)
  • Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük (Turkey)
  • Lakes of Ounianga (Chad)
  • Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo,)
  • Chengjiang Fossil Site (China)
  • Western Ghats (India)
  • Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation)
  • Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau)

These sites have also been added to the list on the UNSECO Tracker page of the Wandering Aramean Travel Tools. Now to decide if visiting a site before it was inscribed counts as a visit or not. I have one to include if it does.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Didnt know there was a country called palestine! I believe the country they were going for there is Israel

  2. Absent visiting a cultural site prior to the cultural events that define it, previous visits need to count. If anything count them extra for getting in early.

  3. Poor Palestine fınally makes ıt…wıth a Christian heritage site. Israel ıs laughing somewhere.

    And yeah, unless the site has changed materially in some way i see no reason you shouldnt count ıt

  4. Not to get too political, but isn’t it quite cynical for “Palestine” to get the Church of the Nativity after they defiled and destroyed it (and were quite proud of it) in 2002?

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