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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

UNESCO World Heritage List

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The UNESCO World Heritage Center's website gives you the ability to sort listings of the World Heritage List by year, country, and continental region. The list currently has 1,031 World Heritage List properties, which are designated as such to preserve and enhance their wonderful cultural and natural characteristics. 31 sites are transnational, such as Maloti-Drakensberg Park of LESOTHO and SOUTH AFRICA and Bialowieza Forest of BELARUS and POLAND.

Twelve properties were inducted into the World Heritage List in 1978, the first year of UNESCO's effort to choose and preserve sites with educational, environmental, cultural, and historic significance. These twelve sites are the L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Nahanni National Park in CANADA; city of Quito and the Galápagos Islands of ECUADOR; Rock-Hewn Churches at Lalibela and Simien National Park in ETHIOPIA; Aachen Cathedral in GERMANY; Royal Salt Mines (Wieliczka and Bochnia) and Historic Center of Kraków in POLAND; Gorée Island in SENEGAL; and Mesa Verde National Park and Yellowstone National Park in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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