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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:44:18 +0000
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<p>Every year, the bucket lists of heritage-minded travelers get a little longer thanks to the <a href="">United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization</a> (Unesco).</p><p>The organization has recently released<a href=""> 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="">Australia’s Great Barrier Reef</a> to the top of <a href="">the Pyramids of Giza</a>.</p><p>There were 24 all-new additions to the list this year, including the <a href="">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="">the San Antonio Missions</a>. The list now includes <a href="">1,031 different sites</a>, <a href="">located in 163 countries</a>.</p><p>Beyond just identifying the sites, <a href="">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="">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="">Nimrud</a> and <a href="">Palmyra</a>.During its most recent meeting, the organization also added two sites to the <a href="">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="">Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System: Mexico</a></p><p><a href="">Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale: Italy</a></p><p><a href="">Baekje Historic Areas: Republic of Korea</a></p><p><a href="">Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement: Denmark</a></p><p><a href="">Climats, terroirs of Burgundy: France</a></p><p><a href="">Cultural Landscape of Maymand: Iran</a></p><p><a href="">Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape: Turkey</a></p><p><a href="">Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape: Uruguay</a></p><p><a href="">Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site: Norway</a></p><p><a href="">Rock Art in the Hail Region: Saudi Arabia</a></p><p><a href="">Singapore Botanical Gardens: Singapore</a></p><p><a href="">Tusi Sites: China</a></p><p><a href="">The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand: Denmark</a></p><p><a href="">The Forth Bridge: Scotland</a></p><p><a href="">Susa: Iran</a></p><p><a href="">Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus: Germany</a></p><p><a href="">Blue and John Crow Mountains: Jamaica</a></p>
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