19 New World Heritage Sites For 2018!

So were you glued to your browser to watch the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee? That’s OK, neither were we, so here’s your summary of what happened:

World Heritage Committee has inscribed a total of 19 sites

19 New World Heritage Sites For 2018!


During the session, the Committee inscribed 19 sites on the  World Heritage List (13 cultural sites, three natural and three mixed sites, i.e. both natural and cultural). It also approved the extension of one natural site. The World Heritage List now numbers 1092 sites in 167 countries.

Newly inscribed cultural sites, in alphabetical order are:

Aasivissuit – Nipisat. Inuit Hunting Ground between Ice and Sea (Denmark)

Al-Ahsa Oasis, an evolving Cultural Landscape (Saudi Arabia)

Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman)

Archaeological Border complex of Hedeby and the Danevirke (Germany)

Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Spain)

Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region (Japan)

Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (Italy)

Naumburg Cathedral (Germany)

Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea (Republic of Korea)

Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (Islamic Republic of Iran)

Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site (Kenya)

Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai (India)

Natural sites:

Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa)

Chaine des Puys – Limagne fault tectonic arena (France)

Fanjingshan (China)

Mixed sites:

Chiribiquete National Park – “The Maloca of the Jaguar” (Colombia)

Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)

Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: originary habitat of Mesoamerica (Mexico)

Bikin River Valley (Russian Federation)

Also during the session, the Committee decided to inscribe Lake Turkana National Parks (Kenya) on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and removed the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System(Belize) from that list of properties whose outstanding universal value is under threat…

So 19 of the Tentative entries on The Sitelist are now Inscribed entries; the one for the extension disappears; and there’s nine new Tentative entries since the last time we synced the list up — so as you can see in the updated header, The Every World Heritage Site bucket list is up to 2787 items.


p dir=”ltr”>The page for New Inscribed Properties (2018) has photo galleries for all the new sites, so check that out and make your travel plans!


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