Here are 14 of the 29 new sites that have made it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the recently concluded 43rd meet of the Unesco's World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan. Check out the other 15 sites here.
Hyrcanian Forests in Iran
Spread over 850 km along the southern coast of Caspian Sea, Hyrcanian Forests in Iran have been around for about 25 to 50 million years. These forests are rich in biodiversity. Broad-leaved temperate forests, around 180 species of birds and a number of species of mammals thrive in these forests. Most remarkable is the Persian leopard.
Babylon in Iraq
The city of Babylon dates back between 626 and 593 BCE. What's left of the great erstwhile city are the remnants of the outer and inner-city walls, temples and palaces.
Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene in Italy
The Prosecco wine production area with its luxurious vineyards, villages and farmlands has made it to the list.
Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs in Japan
The site was once upon a time a symbol of the rich and sophistication. The site includes 49 kofuns or old burial mounds that belongs to the members of the elite. The site dates back to the 3rd-6th century.
Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies in Republic of Korea
The site comprises of nine seowon, a type of Neo-Confucian academy that dates back to the Joseon dynasty of 15th—19th centuries CE.
Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhuang, Plain of Jars in Lao People's Democratic Republic
More than 2,100 megalithic stone jars, stone discs, tombstones that were once a part of funeral ceremonies dating back to 500 BCE to 500 CE, now make up the very popular Plain of Jars.
Bagan in Myanmar
The sacred site of Bagan sits by the Irrawaddy River (also known as the Ayeyarwady River) in the central plain of Myanmar. The site holds a number of temples, stupas and monasteries, all excellent examples of Buddhist art and architecture.
Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region in Poland
the four mining sites from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age (3900 to 1600 BCE) were once hotspots for underground mining of striped flint, used for axe-making. The region has around 4000 mining shafts and pits that shines a light on the life and work during the prehistoric period.
Royal Building of Mafra--Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park, Tapada in Portugal
The royal building comprises of palaces, the royal chapel, a monastery and a library that consists of 36,000 volumes. Inspired by the baroque architecture, the Royal building of Mafra is an important aspect of the Portuguese Empire.
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal
The site, a Sacri Monti or a sacred mountain, includes a series of chapels depicting the Passion of Christ. Exquisite stonework, sculptures and fountains are some of the examples of the extensive baroque influence that can be seen at the sanctuary.
Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture in Russian Federation
The site includes churches, cathedrals, monasteries, fortification towers and administrative buildings, all products of the Pskov School of Architecture, one of the foremost and influential schools in Russian Federation. These structures date back to the 12th century.
Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape in Spain
The site consists of a vast troglodyte settlements, their habitats, granaries, cisterns, sacred temples and most interestingly, cult cavities. Risco Caido is one sacred cavity where various ceremonies once took place.
Jodrell Bank Observatory in United Kingdom
One of the world's leading radio astronomy observatories, Jodrell Bank Observatory is still in use.The observatory has made huge contributions in fields that ranges from traditional optical astronomy to radio astronomy.
20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in the United States of America
The Fallingwater (Mill Run, Pennsylvania), the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (Madison, Wisconsin) and the Guggenheim Museum (New York), all of these buildings belong to the concept of “organic architecture” developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.