UNESCO added 27 New World Heritage Sites for 2023: Check the List

On Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which cares about special places in the world, decided to add 27 new places to its important list of special heritage sites. One of these places is Shantiniketan in India, and this makes India very happy and proud.

For a site to make it to this prestigious list, it must hold exceptional universal value, meeting at least one of ten specified criteria. This includes being a significant human achievement or having exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic significance. This means that it could be a place made by people that shows how smart and creative humans are, or it could be a place in nature that is incredibly beautiful and important.

This decision was made on a day called Monday, and UNESCO told everyone about these new special places. Some of these places are ancient temples in Cambodia, old tea forests in China, and important towns in Europe.

Before this, the committee had to put some places in Ukraine on a special “Endangered” list because there’s a war going on there. UNESCO said these places are at risk of being harmed by the fighting.

The ongoing meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, involves careful consideration of potential additions to the World Heritage list. Committee members are currently reviewing nominations from around the world, submitted between 2022 and 2023.

The committee meeting is scheduled to go on until September 25, and more sites might still be added. Below is an ongoing list of the latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites included in 2023:

  1. Koh Ker Archaeological Site in Cambodia
  2. Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India
  3. Old Tea Forests of the Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er, China
  4. Mongolia’s Deer Stone Monuments
  5. Korea’s Gaya Tumuli burial mounds
  6. Türkiye’s archaeological site of Gordion
  7. Germany’s Jewish medieval historic center of Erfurt
  8. Architecture of the town of Kaunas, Lithuania
  9. Guatemala’s National Archaeological Park Tak’alik Ab’aj
  10. Old town of Kuldīga, Latvia
  11. Prehistoric Sites of Talayotic Menorca
  12. The Zarafshan-Karakum Corridor of the Silk Road
  13. Ethiopia’s Gedeo Cultural Landscape
  14. Iran’s Persian Caravanserai
  15. Canada’s Tr’ondëk-Klondike region
  16. The Czech town of Žatec and its tradition of Saaz Hops
  17. Ancient Jericho/Tell es-Sultan
  18. “Köç Yolu” Transhumance Route in Azerbaijan
  19. Djerba in Tunisia
  20. India’s Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas
  21. Indonesia’s Cosmological Axis of Yogyakarta
  22. Bale Mountains National Park in Ethiopia
  23. The Forest Massif of Odzala-Kokoua in Congo
  24. Volcanoes and forests of Mount Pelée and pitons of Martinique
  25. Viking-age ring fortresses in Denmark
  26. The Maison Carrée of Nîmes, France
  27. Russia’s Astronomical Observatories of Kazan Federal University