The UNESCO World Heritage List has been expanded to include 40 sites located on several continents. They also include objects from countries neighboring Poland: modernist buildings in Kaunas (Lithuania), medieval buildings constituting the Jewish heritage of Erfurt (Germany) and Žatec and the surrounding hop plantations (Czech Republic).
Decisions on the admission of new sites to the prestigious list are made during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, which began on September 10 and will last until September 25. So far, 40 new objects have been added to the list, including 31 cultural heritage objects and 9 natural heritage objects. Thanks to them, the UNESCO World Heritage List now includes over 1,150 locations around the world. As the British “Independent” emphasized on Tuesday, the session is ongoing, so “the list may even grow.”
New objects on the UNESCO World Heritage List
During the meeting in the capital of Saudi Arabia, the list included the ancient Guatemalan city of Tak’alik Ab’aj, the cultural landscape of Zagori in Greecethe ancient Roman temple of Maison Carrée in Nîmes, France, the Gaya Tumuli cemeteries in South Korea, the Odzala-Kokoua forest massif in Congo, the volcanoes and forests of Mount Pelée and Pitons in northern Martinique, the Bale National Park in EthiopiaNyungwe Forest National Park in Rwandaring strongholds from the Viking times in Denmarkmedieval mosques in Turkish Antolia and the ancient ruins of Jericho in the West Bank.
The new objects on the UNESCO World Heritage List also include those from countries neighboring Poland: modernist buildings in Lithuanian Kaunas from 1919-1939, including three historic Jewish buildings, medieval heritage in Erfurt (Germany), as well as the Czech Žatec and the surrounding hop plantations.
Polish sites included on the UNESCO list
During the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, no Polish site was added to the list. There are currently 17 objects from our country on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including: The Old Town in Krakow, the royal salt mines in Wieliczka and Bochnia, the Białowieża Forest (Polish-Belarusian cross-border site), the Old Town in Warsaw, the Old Town in Zamość, the Centennial Hall in Wrocław, wooden Orthodox churches in the Polish and Ukrainian Carpathian region and the Krzemionki region of prehistoric times striped flint mining.
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