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Updated for 2010, this guide fully describes every official UNESCO World Heritage site.
In 1959, UNESCO launched an international campaign to safeguard the world's most important sites, which led to the first World Heritage List. In clear text that highlights all the fascinating facts, this revised edition of World Heritage Sites details all 890 properties, including the 13 new sites added in 2009.
Covering 148 countries, the World Heritage List has proved to be a valuable tool in the battle to preserve much of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Its strict criteria result in only the world's most spectacular and extraordinary sites making it onto the list, including:
The Statue of Liberty in New YorkThe Rideau Canal in eastern OntarioWaterton Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first international peace park, which straddles the US-Canada borderThe ancient Nabataean city of Petra in JordanThe remarkable Dazu Rock Carvings in ChinaCahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Missouri, the largest pre- Columbian settlement north of MexicoThe unique ecosystem of the Serengeti in Tanzania
The new sites added to this edition are:
Stoclet House in BelgiumThe Ruins of Loropeni in Burkina FasoCidade Velha, the historic center of Ribeira Grande, in Cape VerdeMount Wutai in ChinaShushtar, a historic hydraulic system in IranThe Dolomites in ItalyThe royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in South KoreaSulamain-Too Sacred Mountain in KyrgyzstanThe Wadden Sea in Germany and the NetherlandsThe Sacred City of Caral-Supe in PeruThe Tower of Hercules in SpainLa Chaux-de-Fonds and le Locle, historic centers of watch-making and town-planning in SwitzerlandPontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in the United Kingdom
Featuring gorgeous photographs and updated maps, World Heritage Sites is uniquely comprehensive.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded in 1945 with the ambitious goal to build peace in the minds of men and women through education, social and natural science, culture and communication.
The first book that full describes every official UNESCO World Heritage site--the world's most extraordinary places--covers 141 countries and highlights the fascinating facts of almost 900 properties, including 20 in America and 15 in Canada.
This comprehensive work describes every official UNESCO World Heritage site: the world's most extraordinary, historically significant places. Full-color photos throughout.