Summary: UNESCO added nine new sites to its list of World Heritage Sites last week.
Announcing in Istanbul, UNESCO added spots in Iran, Spain, Greece, India, Turkey, China, the UK, Micronesia, and a site that expands to Bosnia and Herzegovina and 3 neighboring countries.
Those sites include:
According to Britanica, “In 42 bc Philippi was the site of the decisive Roman battle in which Mark Antony defeated Brutus.”
Ani ruins, Turkey
Founded in more than 1600 years ago, the site is known as “a city of a thousand and one churches.”
Gorham’s Cave complex, Gibraltar, UK
Gorham’s Cave complex, is a combination of four distinct caves. The three other caves areVanguard Cave, Hyaena Cave, and Bennett’s Cave.
Antequera Dolmens site, Spain
Just outside Antequera you can visit three dolmens: Menga Dolmen and Viera Dolmen, and El Romeral Dolmen. All three dolmens are different in age and design
Medieval Tombstones Graveyards – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia
“These are the tombstones of those who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries and refused to swear allegiance to any kingdom but their own or to be swayed by any influence. Instead they stayed true to themselves and to what they could find only within themselves and in Bosnia. “
Zuojiang Huashan landscape, China
“The sites, which date from the period around the 5th century BC to the 2nd century AD, depict ceremonies that have been interpreted as portraying the bronze drum culture once prevalent across southern China, and are the only remains of this culture today,” UNESCO said in a press release.
Nalanda Mahavihara, India
Nalanda was an acclaimed large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha (modern-day Bihar) in India.
Nan Madol, Micronesia
Off the coast of a remote Micronesian island lay the ruins of a once-great city of man-made stone islands.
Qanat aqueducts, Iran
The qanat system consists of underground channels that convey water from aquifers in highlands to the surface at lower levels by gravity.