First 5 Sites to be Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List This Year

First 5 Sites to be Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List This Year
The spa town of Bath in England is one of the sites chosen by UNESCO, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

From rock paintings of Saudi Arabia to the Great Spa Towns of Europe, the first five to be inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site list offer a diverse look at world culture

OT Staff
July 27 , 2021
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Five sites in the Arab and European regions were the first to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list at the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee which began on July 16, this year.

The session is being hosted by the People’s Republic of China between July 16 and 31, 2021.

Five sites inscribed on July 24 are:

Hima Cultural Area, Saudi Arabia

The HÌ£ima Cultural Area, located on one of the ancient caravan routes of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south-western part of Saudi Arabia, contains a significant collection of rock art images, including inscriptions in different scripts. The drawings depicting hunting scenes, fauna, flora and lifestyles are a collection which show a continuity of 7,000 years.

Cordouan Lighthouse, France

Located on a rocky plateau at the mouth of the Gironde estuary in the Atlantic Ocean, the lighthouse is an example of utility meeting beauty. Built at the turn of the 16th/17th centuries, it was designed by Louis de Foix and remodelled by Joseph TeuleÌere in the late 18th century. Built in white limestone dressed blocks, it was decorated with pilasters, columns modillions and gargoyles. The remodelling saw an increase in height and changes in the light chamber in sync with then advances in science and technology. Built of white limestone dressed blocks, it was decorated with pilasters, columns modillions, and gargoyles.

Mathildenhohe Darmstadt, Germany

The Darmstadt Artists’ Colony on Mathildenhohe, above the city of Darmstadt in west-central Germany, is a serial property consisting of two component parts, including 23 elements. It was stablished in 1897 by Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse, as a centre for emerging reform movements in architecture, arts and crafts. The buildings depict experimental early modernist living and working environments as seen by the artist members. Today, it is a testimony of early modern architecture, urban planning and landscape design, all of which were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and the Vienna Secession.

 Fourteenth-Century Fresco Cycles of Padua, Italy

The fresco cycles, dating between 1302 and 1397, were drawn by different artists for diverse patrons, and can be found spread across eight religious and secular building complexes within the walled city of Padua. Yet they maintain a unity of style and content. Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel fresco cycle, considered to have marked the beginning of a revolutionary development in the history of mural painting, is part of this historic site.

The Great Spa Towns of Europe


A translation site, it includes 11 towns located in seen European countries – Baden bei Wien (Austria); Spa (Belgium); Frantiskovy Lazne(Czechia); Karlovy Vary (Czechia); MarianskeÌ Lazne (Czechia); Vichy (France); Bad Ems (Germany); Baden-Baden (Germany); Bad Kissingen (Germany); Montecatini Terme (Italy); and City of Bath (United Kingdom). All of these towns grew around natural mineral water springs. Together they represent how the spa culture, between the early 18th century to the 1930s, resulted in an urban recreational and therapeutic environment enveloped in a picturesque landscape.

Note: On July 25, the Committee inscribed Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China (China); Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple (India), Trans-Iranian Railway (Iran), and Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences (Spain).

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On July 26, they inscribed The Colonies of Benevolence (Belgium and Netherlands); The Dutch Water Defence Lines [extension of “Defence Line of Amsterdam”, inscribed in 1996], (Netherlands); Arslantepe Mound (Turkey); Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands (Georgia); Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand); Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats, (Republic of Korea); Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan).

The inscription of sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is scheduled to continue through July 28.

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