Lonely Planet Writer

From Antigua to Uzbekistan, Unesco adds new sites to its World Heritage list

A new set of incredible places around the world have been added to Unesco’s World Heritage List this week, from a naval dockyard in Antigua to a cave complex on the Rock of Gibraltar.

The World Heritage Committee held its 40th session last week, at which the organisation considered natural, cultural and mixed heritage sites for addition to the list.

The 21 sites that have been inscribed include the architectural works of Le Corbusier – found in Argentina, France, Japan and more – for their outstanding contribution to the modern movement. The 17 sites are found over seven countries and “are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past”, according to Unesco.

Khangchendzonga National Park, located in northern India, was also added to the list due to its diversity of valleys, lakes, glaciers, mountains and ancient forests. The park also contains Mount Khangchendzonga , the world’s third highest peak, which is associated with many mythological stories.

Mistaken Point in Canada, a fossil site at the south of the island of Newfoundland, was added to the list. The site has the oldest known assemblages of large fossils, which “illustrate a watershed in the history of life on earth: the appearance of large, biologically complex organisms, after almost three billion years of micro-dominated evolution”.

Also added to the list are the Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay, as well as Mukkawar Island Marine National Park, located in Sudan. Sanganeb is a coral reef structure in the Red Sea, located 25 kilometres off the shore. Dungonab Bay and Mukkawar Island contain a diverse system of coral reefs, mangrove and more, which provide a habitat for marine animals.

Newly added to the list is the Ahwar of Southern Iraq, which is made up of three archaeological sites and four wetland marshes. The area is a refuge of biodiversity and is one of the world’s largest inland delta systems, according to Unesco.  The area contains archaeological sites that form part of the remains of Sumerian cities from the 4th and 3rd millennium BCE.

The other recently added sites are: the Antigua Naval Dockyard and related archaeological sites (Antigua and Barbuda), the Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil), Stećci – Medieval Tombstones Graveyards (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia), Archaeological Site of Philippi (Greece), Antequera Dolmens Site (Spain), Archaeological Site of Ani (Turkey), Gorham’s Cave Complex (United Kingdom), Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (People’s Republic of China), Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda, Bihar (India), The Persian Qanat (Iran), Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia), Hubei Shennongjia (China), Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo (Mexico), Lut Desert (Islamic Republic of Iran), Western Tien-Shan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan), and the Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape (Chad).