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!

Belarus. St. Nicholas Monastery Complex in the city of Mahilyou

With many thanks to Olya from Belarus!