With Russia Lena Pillars still undecided until tomorrow, these are the 25 new UNESCO World Heritage sites for 2012. How many of them have you been to? Sad to hear what happened to the sites in Mali....
1.Pearling, testimony of an island economy Bahrain
2.The Major Mining Sites of Wallonia Belgium
3.Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea Brazil
4.Sangha Trinational Cameroon Centr. Afr. Republic Congo (Republic)
5.The Landscape of Grand Pré Canada
6.Lakes of Ounianga Chad
7.Site of Xanadu China
8.Chengjiang Fossil Site China
9.Historic Town of Grand-Bassam Côte d'Ivoire
10.Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin France
11.Margravial Opera House Bayreuth Germany
12.Western Ghats India
13.The Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy Indonesia
14.Masjed-e Jâme' of Isfahan Iran
15.Gonbad-e Qâbus Iran
16.Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves Israel
17.Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley Malaysia
18.Rabat, modern capital and historic city: a shared heritage Morocco
19.Rock Islands Southern Lagoon Palau
20.Birthplace of Jesus: the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem Palestine
21.The Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications Portugal
22.Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes Senegal
23.Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija Spain Slovenia
24.Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland Sweden
25.The Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük Turkey
I have only been to 13 and 17 :)
I have visited 11 and 20.
Schwetzingen Palace has again withdrawn the application. Years ago I was asked to do the documentation and report for that application. I said "no" because I was busy with another big project then, and I am grateful now not to be involved.
I haven't been to any of them but am entirely amazed that Çatalhöyük has only just been listed. It's been massively important and very well-known (at least in the archaeological world) for a heck of a long time.
I suppose I'm surprised by the late listing of 20 as well, but not as much as by 25.
Here is the link to see details of each site.
I have not been to any of these..and have not heard anythng about number 2...ever!
A big round zero for me too!
25 new travel destinations on my list.
When I'm lucky I'll see one of them in August!
Just number 12. I visited another Neolithic site in Turkey (Göbekli Tepe), but not Çatalhöyük.
#23 are two different places
Almadén in Spain and Idrija in Slovenia.
I don't understand what mercury mining sites have to do with...
I do not want to know why and fit myself, in any case I don't go somewhere because it's a World Heritage, I've already "appreciate" SOME choices of UNESCO :)
Sadly, I've not yet been to any of them either. It is a shame about the tombs in Mali - that's right up there with the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan.
July 2 Update:
26. Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russia
was added as 2012 UNESCO World Heritage!
Sadly I have only visited 16,20,21....
Visited Wallonia region in Belgium but not the mines, only some caves.
Also visited that area of Slovenia, but not the mine.
Oh well, I guess that means I will be "required" to travel more.
I haven't visited any of them.
And I don't have postcards from those places either. I hope I can travel to some...
I was sad to hear about the destruction of Mali heritage :(