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<p>Every year, the bucket lists of heritage-minded travelers get a little longer thanks to the <a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/">United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization</a> (Unesco).</p><p>The organization has recently released<a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/newproperties/"> its annual additions to the list of World Heritage Sites</a>, which is focused on the world’s most important cultural and natural wonders—from the watery coasts of <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/154">Australia’s Great Barrier Reef</a> to the top of <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/86">the Pyramids of Giza</a>.</p><p>There were 24 all-new additions to the list this year, including the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1356">first World Heritage Site in Jamaica</a> (the Blue and John Crow Mountains, a refuge for indigenous people and Africans fleeing slavery) and the United States’ 23rd designation, <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1466">the San Antonio Missions</a>. The list now includes <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/">1,031 different sites</a>, <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1318/">located in 163 countries</a>.</p><p>Beyond just identifying the sites, <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/about/">Unesco also aims to protect, preserve and conserve</a> these locations so that they’ll be around for generations to come. These particular aims have taken on added meaning with the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/09/world/iraq-isis-heritage/">recent reports</a> that ISIS has deliberately destroyed some of Iraq’s and Syria’s most valued and significant World Heritage-designated sites, including the ancient cities of <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1463/">Nimrud</a> and <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/23">Palmyra</a>.During its most recent meeting, the organization also added two sites to the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/158/">List of World Heritage in Danger</a>: Hatra in Iraq and the Old City of Sana’a in Yemen, both imperiled because of armed conflict.</p><p>Here are seven of the 2015 additions to the World Heritage list that are particular destination-worthy, each so packed with history and cultural meaning it’s one of the must-see places on Earth:</p><p><strong>The other 2015 World Heritage Site additions:</strong></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1463">Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System: Mexico</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1487">Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale: Italy</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1477">Baekje Historic Areas: Republic of Korea</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1468">Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement: Denmark</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1425">Climats, terroirs of Burgundy: France</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1423">Cultural Landscape of Maymand: Iran</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1488">Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape: Turkey</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1464">Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape: Uruguay</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1486">Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site: Norway</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1472">Rock Art in the Hail Region: Saudi Arabia</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1483">Singapore Botanical Gardens: Singapore</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1474">Tusi Sites: China</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1469">The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand: Denmark</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1485">The Forth Bridge: Scotland</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1455">Susa: Iran</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1467">Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus: Germany</a></p><p><a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1356">Blue and John Crow Mountains: Jamaica</a></p>
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