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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: a look back at the latest additions in 2018
Posted on 29/12/2018


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The world is home to hundreds of breathtaking landmarks that are globally recognized by UNESCO. From architectural wonders to volcanic masterpieces, discover the sites that made it onto 2018's list!

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  • Fanjingshan, China
    Fanjingshan, China

    At over 8,400 feet above sea level, not only is Fanjingshan the highest peak in China's Wuling Mountains, but it also boasts some weird and wonderful plant and animal species.

    Thanks to the site's isolated location and unique climate, Fanjingshan may be the only place on Earth where you can find the Guizhou snub-nosed monkey or the endangered Chinese giant salamander, which is the world's largest amphibian.

  • Chaîne des Puys, France
    Chaîne des Puys, France

    Directly translating to "chain of volcanic hills," this World Heritage Site consists of 25 miles of cinder cones, lava domes and explosion craters. Found in the Auvergne region of central France, the Chaîne des Puys is not difficult to reach and has been inactive for around 6,000 years, so don't let its explosive past scare you off!

  • Naumburg Cathedral, Germany
    Naumburg Cathedral, Germany

    Built around 800 years ago in 1028, this spectacular German cathedral is renowned for its distinctive mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, not to mention the 12 intricate stone sculptures of the cathedral's founders that stand inside. Today, the human masterpiece that is Naumburg Cathedral is a window into the craftsmanship of the High Middle Ages.

  • Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai, India
    Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai, India

    Are you an architecture lover? Ever heard of Indo-Deco? Following an urban development project in the late 19th century, Mumbai saw a fusion of its Victorian Gothic and early 20th century Art Deco buildings, resulting in the birth of a unique architectural style that is known as Indo-Deco.

  • Caliphate City of Medina Azahara, Spain
    Caliphate City of Medina Azahara, Spain

    Although once the seat of the Caliphate of Córdoba during the rule of the Umayyad dynasty, today all that remains are the ruins of a medieval palace city.

    Wiped out during a war in the Middle Ages, this archaeological site constructed in the 10th century was completely forgotten until the early 20th century. Today, remnants of roads, bridges and buildings provide an insight into Spain's Moorish history.


You probably can already name some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the globe. Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Cambodia's Angkor Wat, India's Taj Mahal, but have you heard of the newest additions to the list?

Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meets with the task of selecting new World Heritage Sites. But not anywhere can be chosen meaning this task is not a quick one! Sites must meet one of 10 criteria, six cultural and four natural. This year 19 new sites made the cut for their ?outstanding universal value?.

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