21 Endangered Must-See Sites

by Jules on October 12, 2010

Madagascar; on the UNESCO danger list.

When talking about must-see sites, people are usually referring to the latest fashionable place to visit. But what about those places that are so endangered that you literally should see it before it disappears forever? Worryingly, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Tajikistan have all just had sites noted for the very first time.  These are the 21 new sites (making a total of 911 sites) that have just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage in danger List;

World Heritage List of Sites in Danger;
Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, Georgia
Rainforests of Atsinanana, Madagascar
Tombs of Buganda Kings, Uganda
Everglades National Park, United States of America

New mixed site:
Papahānaumokuākea, United States of America

New cultural sites:
Australian Convict Sites,Australia
São Francisco Square in the Town of São Cristovão, Brazil
Historic Monuments of Dengfeng, in the “Centre of Heaven and Earth”, China
Episcopal City of Albi, France
Jantar Mantar, India
Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, Islamic Republic of Iran
Tabriz Historical Bazaar Complex, Islamic Republic of Iran
Bikini Atoll, Nuclear Test Site, Marshall Islands
Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Mexico
Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico
Seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area inside the Singelgracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong, Republic of Korea
At Turaif District in ad-Dir’iyah, Saudi Arabia
Proto-Urban site of Sarazm, Tajikistan
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi, Vietnam

New natural sites:
China Danxia, China
Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island, France
Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati
Putorana Plateau, Russian Federation
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

World Heritage sites that have been extended:
City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg, Austria
Pirin National Park, Bulgaria
Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water management System
Røros Mining Town and the Circumference, Norway
Churches  of Moldavia
Prehistoric Rock-Art Sites in the Côa Valley and in Siega Verde, Portugal
Monte San Giorgio, Italy

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