Friday, November 3, 2017

Germany/ Poland: Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski

Muskau Park is a landscape park in the Upper Lusatia region of Germany and Poland. It is the largest and one of the most famous English gardens in Central Europe, stretching along both sides of the German–Polish border on the Lusatian Neisse. The park was laid out from 1815 onwards at the behest of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785–1871), centered on his Schloss Muskau residence.
Inscribed: 2004

Thanks to Mr Edith.

Thanks to Ms Boguslaw.

Argentina/ Belgium/ France/ Germany/ India/ Japan/ Switzerland: The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet. Source:
Inscribed: 2016

Albania/ Austria/ Belgium/ Bulgaria/ Croatia/ Germany/ Italy/ Romania/ Slovakia/ Slovenia/ Spain/ Ukraine: Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

This transboundary extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine) now stretches over 12 countries. Since the end of the last Ice Age, European beech spread from a few isolated refuges in the Alps, Carpathians, Mediterranean and Pyrenees over a short period of a few thousand years in a process that is still ongoing. This successful expansion is related to the tree’s flexibility and tolerance of different climatic, geographical and physical conditions. Source:
Inscribed: 2007 Ext-2011, 2017

China: Kulangsu, a Historic International Settlement

The Gulangyu, Gulang Island or Kulangsu is a pedestrian-only island off the coast of Xiamen, Fujian Province in southerneastern China. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the island is about 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi) in area, and is reached by a 5-minute ferry ride from downtown Xiamen. Although only about 20,000 people live on the island, Gulangyu is a major domestic tourist destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors per year, and making it one of China's most visited tourist attractions. Gulangyu not only bans cars, but also bicycles. The only vehicles permitted are small electric buggies and electric government service vehicles.
Inscribed: 2017

Thanks to Mr chen Zhan

Poland: Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System

The Historic Silver Mine, (Polish: Zabytkowa Kopalnia Srebra), is a mining museum in Tarnowskie Góry, in Silesia in Poland. The mine and the neighbouring Black Trout Adit are remnants of a silver mining industry. The museum is an Anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
Inscribed: 2017

Thanks to Mr Bordex.

Philippines: Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan is a mountain located in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. It has a height of 1,620 metres (5,315 ft). The mountain and its vicinity has one of the most diverse wildlife populations in the country. Among the wildlife found in the area are Philippine eagles and several species of Nepenthes. The Mount Hamiguitan range, with an area of 6,834 hectares (68.34 km2), was declared a national park and a wildlife sanctuary in 2003. 
Inscribed: 2014

Thanks to Jan.

China: Qinghai Hoh Xil

Hoh Xil or Kekexili, (Mongolian for "Blue Ridge", also Aqênganggyai for "Lord of Ten Thousand Mountains"), is an isolated region in the northwestern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China. On July 7, 2017, the Hoh Xil in Qinghai was listed among the World Heritage Sites as "the largest and highest plateau in the world".
Inscribed: 2017

Thanks to Ms Ichen Zhan

Cambodia: Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as theKhao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand's Sisaket province and through which the temple is    most easily accessible. 
Inscribed: 2008

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Slovakia: Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity

Banská Štiavnica is a town in central Slovakia, in the middle of an immense caldera created by the collapse of an ancient volcano. For its size, the caldera is known as Štiavnica Mountains. Banská Štiavnica has a population of more than 10,000. It is a completely preserved medieval town. Because of their historical value, the town and its surroundings were proclaimed by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site on December 11, 1993.
Inscribed: 1993

Thanks to Mr Laco

Monday, July 31, 2017

France: Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

The Romanesque church was begun in the mid-11th century and contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation.

Thanks to Mr Xavier who was visiting France.

France: Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars

Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars is the name given to several sites in the Champagne region of France inscribed to the list of World Heritage Sites in 2015 for their historical ties to the production and sale of champagne. Those sites include:
1.Historic vineyards of Hautvillers, 
2. Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ
3. Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims
4. Avenue de Champagne  
5.Fort Chabrol in Épernay

Thanks to Mr Xavier who was visiting Framce.

Portugal: Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga (Tentative)

Bom Jesus do Monte is a Portuguese sanctuary in Tenões, outside the city of Braga, in northern Portugal. Its name means Good Jesus of the Mount. The Sanctuary is a notable example of pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet). It is an important tourist attraction of Braga.

Thanks to Ms Ines.

China: ChengJiang Fossil Site

In evolutionary biology, and especially paleontology, Chengjiang County is noted for soft-tissue fossil finds, of the Maotianshan Shales, dated to between 525 and 520 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion, which "are as spectacular as the Burgess Shale fauna, and significantly older."These fossils are considered one of the most important fossil finds of the 20th century. They contain an exquisite degree of detail, cover a diverse range of fauna, and are significant in attempts to understand the evolution of life on Earth.

Thanks to Denise.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Indonesia: Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (Tentative)

The historical city of Yogyakarta is a traditional Javanese city founded in 1756 by Pangeran Mangkubumi or the first Sultan Hamengkubuwana as the centre of the Sultanate of Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (henceforth: Kasultanan Yogyakarta). Distinct from other Javanese city, the city centre was designed based on specific Javanese cosmology and philosophy as manifested in its location and plan. The location of Yogyakarta city was deliberately chosen to precisely reflect microcosmos, whereas the plan of the city centre was drawn up based on the Javanese philosophy regarding the nature of human destiny. Accordingly, every component of the historical city centre of Yogyakarta has its own philosophical meaning.

Thanks to Ms Jeniffer

Indonesia: Tana Toraja Traditional Settlement (Tentative)

Tana Toraja Traditional Settlement is a series of 10 traditional settlements or constituents of them, such as burial or ceremonial grounds. The properties are scattered within Tana Toraja Regency in the Province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Tana-Toraja occupies about 3.205 km2 of a relatively hilly terrain with plateaus rising from 300 to 2,800 meters above sea level.

Thanks to Ms Shinta