Jul 24, 2010

Russia. Rostov Kremlin


With many thanks to Tatjana and Svetlana!

Portugal. Historic Centre of Oporto

Date of Inscription: 1996
Criteria: (iv)
Northern region
N41 8 30 W8 37
Ref: 755

The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara.


Thanks to Emanuel!

Portugal. Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon

Date of Inscription: 1983
Minor modification inscribed year: 2008
Criteria: (iii)(vi)
Property : 2.6600 ha
Buffer zone: 103.0000 ha
City of Lisbon
N38 41 30.984 W9 12 56.988
Ref: 263bis  

Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites – construction of which began in 1502 – exemplifies Portuguese art at its best. The nearby Tower of Belém, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.


Thanks to Emanuel from Portugal!

Portugal. Monastery of Batalha

Date of Inscription: 1983
Criteria: (i)(ii)
Property : 0.9800 ha
Buffer zone: 85.7800 ha
Batalha (Leiria)
N39 39 28.008 W8 49 36.984
Ref: 264  

The Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy's main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister.

With thanks again to Emanuel!

Jul 19, 2010

Israel. Caesarea


Thanks to Debora!

Israel. Timna

Thanks again to Debora!

Israel. Beth She'arim


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Portugal. Alto Douro Wine Region

Date of Inscription: 2001
Criteria: (iii)(iv)(v)
Property : 24600.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 225400.0000 ha
Douro Region, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
N41 06 06 W7 47 56
Ref: 1046  

Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.


Thanks again to Emanuel from Portugal!

Turkey. Ephesus

The Temple of Artemis, which was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the edge of this small town. The city which was situated at the beginning of the Persian Royal Road has survived sufficiently enough to enable us to understand the ancient way of life in Ephesus. It is one of the cities which played an impressive role in the beginnings of Christianity and during the period of its proliferation (St.John Church and the shrine of the Virgin Mary). It contains one of the most spectacular examples of religious architecture of the Seljuk Period.


Thanks to Pinar and Birol!

China. Lushan National Park

Date of Inscription: 1996
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province
N29 26 E115 52
Ref: 778

Mount Lushan, in Jiangxi, is one of the spiritual centres of Chinese civilization. Buddhist and Taoist temples, along with landmarks of Confucianism, where the most eminent masters taught, blend effortlessly into a strikingly beautiful landscape which has inspired countless artists who developed the aesthetic approach to nature found in Chinese culture.


Thanks to Huang Wei!

China. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains

Date of Inscription: 2006
Criteria: (x)
Property : 924500.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 527100.0000 ha
Sichuan Province
N30 49 60 E103 0 0
Ref: 1213

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, home to more than 30% of the world's pandas which are classed as highly endangered, covers 924,500 ha with seven nature reserves and nine scenic parks in the Qionglai and Jiajin Mountains. The sanctuaries constitute the largest remaining contiguous habitat of the giant panda, a relict from the paleo-tropic forests of the Tertiary Era. It is also the species' most important site for captive breeding. The sanctuaries are home to other globally endangered animals such as the red panda, the snow leopard and clouded leopard. They are among the botanically richest sites of any region in the world outside the tropical rainforests, with between 5,000 and 6,000 species of flora in over 1,000 genera.


Thanks to chinastats!

Jul 15, 2010

Romania. Churches of Moldavia

Date of Inscription: 1993
Criteria: (i)(iv)
Property : 17.0900 ha
Buffer zone: 198.2200 ha
County of Suceava, Region of Moldavia
N47 43 60 E25 55 60
Ref: 598  

With their painted exterior walls, decorated with 15th- and 16th-century frescoes that are considered masterpieces of Byzantine art, these seven churches in northern Moldavia are unique in Europe. Far from being merely wall decorations, the paintings represent complete cycles of religious murals on all facades. Their outstanding composition, elegant outline and harmonious colours blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape.


Thanks a lot, Gabriela!

Jul 14, 2010

China. Mount Huangshan

Date of Inscription: 1990
Criteria: (ii)(vii)(x)
Property : 15400.0000 ha
N30 10 0.012 E118 10 59.988
Ref: 547

Huangshan, known as 'the loveliest mountain of China', was acclaimed through art and literature during a good part of Chinese history (e.g. the Shanshui 'mountain and water' style of the mid-16th century). Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of a sea of clouds.

Thanks to Xiaofei! 

Jul 11, 2010

Ukraine. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans

Ukraine. Complex of the Sudak Fortress Monuments of the 6th - 16th c.


Ukraine. Ruins of Ancient City of Khersoness, 4th B.C. - 12th century


Russia. Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin


Thanks to Maria!

Belarus. Brest Fortress


Thanks to Elena!

China. Dong Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province: The Villages of Dong Nationality-Liudong and Jiudong Villages


Thanks to Liuxu!

Italy. Historic centre of Pavia and Chartreuse


Thanks again to Chiara!

Germany. Dresden Elbe Valley

Dresden is deleted from UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Delisted Date: 2009
Date of Inscription: 2004
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)(v)
Property : 1930.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 1240.0000 ha
State of Saxony (Sachsen)
N51 2 24 E13 49 16
Ref: 1156

The 18th- and 19th-century cultural landscape of Dresden Elbe Valley extends some 18 km along the river from Übigau Palace and Ostragehege fields in the north-west to the Pillnitz Palace and the Elbe River Island in the south-east. It features low meadows, and is crowned by the Pillnitz Palace and the centre of Dresden with its numerous monuments and parks from the 16th to 20th centuries. The landscape also features 19th- and 20th-century suburban villas and gardens and valuable natural features. Some terraced slopes along the river are still used for viticulture and some old villages have retained their historic structure and elements from the industrial revolution, notably the 147-m Blue Wonder steel bridge (1891–93), the single-rail suspension cable railway (1898–1901), and the funicular (1894–95). The passenger steamships (the oldest from 1879) and shipyard (c. 1900) are still in use.


Thanks to Anja!

Turkey. Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription: 1985
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Property : 678.0000 ha
City and Province of Istanbul
N41 0 30.492 E28 58 47.748
Ref: 356

With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and artistic events for more than 2,000 years. Its masterpieces include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, all now under threat from population pressure, industrial pollution and uncontrolled urbanization.


Thanks a lot to Nejat, Pinar and Leslie!

Serbia. Studenica Monastery, Peć Monastery

Studenica Monastery

Date of Inscription: 1986
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iv)(vi)
Property : 1.1600 ha
Buffer zone: 269.3400 ha
Village of Studenica, Commune of Kraljevo, Raška District, Republic of Serbia
N43 29 9.996 E20 32 12.012
Ref: 389

The Studenica Monastery was established in the late 12th century by Stevan Nemanja, founder of the medieval Serb state, shortly after his abdication. It is the largest and richest of Serbia’s Orthodox monasteries. Its two principal monuments, the Church of the Virgin and the Church of the King, both built of white marble, enshrine priceless collections of 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine painting.


Medieval Monuments in Kosovo

Date of Inscription: 2004
Extension: 2006
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)
Property : 2.8802 ha
Buffer zone: 115.3879 ha
Autonomous province of Kosovo
N42 39 40 E20 15 56
Ref: 724bis

Inscription Year on the List of World Heritage in Danger: 2006

The four edifices of the site reflect the high points of the Byzantine-Romanesque ecclesiastical culture, with its distinct style of wall painting, which developed in the Balkans between the 13th and 17th centuries. The Dečani Monastery was built in the mid-14th century for the Serbian king Stefan Dečanski and is also his mausoleum. The Patriarchate of Peć Monastery is a group of four domed churches featuring series of wall paintings. The 13th-century frescoes of the Church of Holy Apostles are painted in a unique, monumental style. Early 14th-century frescoes in the church of the Holy Virgin of Ljevisa represent the appearance of the new so-called Palaiologian Renaissance style, combining the influences of the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and the Western Romanesque traditions. The style played a decisive role in subsequent Balkan art.


Thanks to Ana!

Ukraine. Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

St. Sophia of Kyiv

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

St. Sophia of Kyiv

Date of Inscription: 1990
Minor modification inscribed year: 2005
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Property : 28.5200 ha
Buffer zone: 220.1500 ha
N50 27 9.288 E30 31 0.696
Ref: 527bis

Designed to rival Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, Kiev's Saint-Sophia Cathedral symbolizes the 'new Constantinople', capital of the Christian principality of Kiev, which was created in the 11th century in a region evangelized after the baptism of St Vladimir in 988. The spiritual and intellectual influence of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra contributed to the spread of Orthodox thought and the Orthodox faith in the Russian world from the 17th to the 19th century.


Thanks to Ksenia!