Feb 12, 2011

Uzbekistan. Mountains of the Western Tien Shan (Transboundary nomination of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan) “Chatkal Sate Biosphere Reserve”

Chatkal Sate Biosphere Reserve


With many thanks to Alice!

Uzbekistan. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan

Historic Center of Qoqon, Ferghana Region

Khudoyar Khan's Palace, 1871


With many thanks to Alice!

Czech Republic. Historic Centre of Prague

Prague (Hlavní mesto Praha)
N50 5 22.992 E14 25 9.984
Date of Inscription: 1992
Criteria: (ii)(iv)(vi)
Property : 866 ha
Buffer zone: 8,963 ha
Ref: 616

Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. The many magnificent monuments, such as Hradcani Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly in the 14th century under the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV.

With many thanks to Emerich from Czech Republic!

Czech Republic. Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž

City and District of Kroměříž, Zlin Region
N49 17 60 E17 22 38
Date of Inscription: 1998
Criteria: (ii)(iv)
Property : 75 ha
Buffer zone: 441 ha
Ref: 860

Kroměříž stands on the site of an earlier ford across the River Morava, at the foot of the Chriby mountain range which dominates the central part of Moravia. The gardens and castle of Kroměříž are an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a European Baroque princely residence and its gardens.

With many thanks to Emerich from Czech Republic!

Czech Republic. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

Breclav District, South Moravian Region
N48 46 32.988 E16 46 30
Date of Inscription: 1996
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iv)
Property : 14,320 ha
Ref: 763

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, the ruling dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their domains in southern Moravia into a striking landscape. It married Baroque architecture (mainly the work of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach) and the classical and neo-Gothic style of the castles of Lednice and Valtice with countryside fashioned according to English romantic principles of landscape architecture. At 200 km2, it is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe.

With many thanks to Emerich from Czech Republic!

Ukraine. Dendrological Park "Sofijivka"

With many thanks to Tatjana from Ukraine!

Nov 18, 2010

China. Mogao Caves

Date of Inscription: 1987
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)
Ref: 440

Situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route, at the crossroads of trade as well as religious, cultural and intellectual influences, the 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art.


With thanks to nuomidai from China!

China. Longmen Grottoes

Date of Inscription: 2000
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)
Property : 331 ha 
Buffer zone: 1,042 ha
Ref: 1003

The grottoes and niches of Longmen contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving.

Thanks to nuomidai from China!

Nov 17, 2010

China. The Great Wall

Date of Inscription: 1987
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Ref: 438

In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance.


Thanks to nuomidai from China!

Egypt. Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Date of Inscription: 1979
Criteria: (i)(iii)(vi)
Property : 7,390 ha 
Buffer zone: 444 ha
Ref: 87

Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.


With many thanks to Farah from Egipt!