The 25 new World Heritage sites in 2011

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The Earth is about to be destroyed by the imminent impact of a meteorite. Sorry, Bruce Willis already died while saving the planet last time that a meteorite threatened the world. But humanity has an incredible device, able to pack massive chunks of land and to place them safely into galactic arks, even more enormous.

What places on the Earth would you save for your children? To help humankind sort this dilemma out before they become cosmic homeless, here is the UNESCO World Heritage List.

They are no more and no less than 936 properties inscribed so far in this bulky catalogue. These monuments and natural areas are playing in the premier league of recognised modern wonders, top tourist destinations and sites to be preserved in the interest of the international community.

Recently 25 new sites joined UNESCO’s World Heritage list, after passing the tests and conditions imposed by this organization. Please find them below compiled in a well-chosen selection of images.

Update: You can also review the places that achieved the UNESCO recognition in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Cevennes landscape
1- The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean Agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape (France). Oh la la, how much outstanding beauty has France to offer!
Image by Petrovsk

Bonin Islands
2- Ogasawara Islands (Japan), also known as Bonin Islands or the 'Galapagos of the Orient'. They are remote and wild, at about 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo.
Image by Ippei + Janine

Ningaloo Coast
3- Ningaloo Coast (Australia), is a much less famous Great Barrier Reef, located at the weastern side of the country. Image by Fotouitaussie

Rift Valley
4- Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley (Kenya). Geysers and pink flamingos together!
Image by Rainbirder

Wadi Rum Valley
5- Wadi Rum Protected Area (Jordan) is the perfect location for a desert road movie. Or for my next expedition. You can read a full post about Wadi Rum here.
Image by Loops San

Bridgetown and Garrison
6- Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados). British colonial architecture in the Caribbean.
Image by ComSec

Hangzhou Lake
7- West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (China). Picturesque since the 9th century.
Image by

Coffee Axis
8- Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. More than meets the eye.
Image by Atlas of Wonders

Persian Garden
9- The Persian Garden (Iran). Another good reason to visit this awesome land.
Image by Dynamosquito

Konso Cultural Landscape
10- Konso Cultural Landscape (Ethiopia). Endangered ancient African way of life.
Image by Basilios

Fagus Factory
11- Fagus Factory in Alfeld (Germany). Foreshadowing the Bauhaus school (and some of the 20th century architectural horrors?). Image by Mike Reiss

12- Longobards in Italy. Places of the power, 568-774 A.D. A collection of relics from the Early Middle Ages.
Image by Georges Jansoone

13- Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing The Buddhist Pure Land (Japan). Spaces reproducing the Buddhist ideal on Earth.
Image by Noshadows

Fort Jesus Mombasa
14- Fort Jesus, Mombasa (Kenya), is a well preserved colonial fortress from the Renaissance.
Image by Rthakrar

Mongolian Altai
15- Petroglyphs Complexes of the Mongolian Altai (Mongolia). They are testifying that an arid desert was once a living forest. Image by Johannes Lundberg

León Cathedral Nicaragua Unesco
16- León Cathedral (Nicaragua). Keep the faith.
Image by Javier Losa

Saloum Delta Senegal
17- Saloum Delta (Senegal) is a huge biosphere reserve in West Africa.
Image by Ghjiseppu

Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana
18- Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (Spain). Where sea and mountain meet in a spectacular Mediterranean way, in the island of Majorca. Image by Sergei Gussev

Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe Sudan
19- Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe (Sudan), surrounded by an ocean of sand.
Image by Zagordemores

Prehistoric dwellings around the Alps
20- Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia). The Eurovision Stone Contest. Image by Manu&Andrea

Ancient Villages North Syria
21- Ancient Villages of Northern Syria. A romantic paradise for the photographer (if it still exists).
Image by Hovic

Selimiye Mosque Complex at Edirne
22- Selimiye Mosque Complex at Edirne (Turkey). A harmonic masterpiece of Ottoman architecture.
Image by CharlesFred

Al Ain UAE
23- Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas) (United Arab Emirates). Beau Geste and the Turgistan location. Image by Felibrilu

Chernivtsi University
24- The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans in Chernivtsi (Ukraine) is today one of the most impressive university buildings in the world. Image by Highboom

Ho Dynasty Citadel
25- Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Vietnam). Not the most photogenic place on Earth. Only the foundations and some external walls and doors still stand, but we'll always have Vietnamese to brighten your day. Image by Salex7a

  1. It's great to know that there are still more amazing heritages to add in the world. Great article!

  2. Thanks! Yeah, one life is not enough, there's so much out there...

  3. Just FYI, Ningaloo is on the Western coast of Australia. Beautiful pics though!

  4. Corrected! Many thanks, mentally I was thinking west, but I put east.


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