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It is that time of the year when the United Nations Economic, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage Organization releases its annual list of newly inscribed World Heritage Sites. This year the WHO has added twenty-four new sites and three significant extensions. They span the globe and are awaiting your visit. Shall we take a tour around the world?
|Blue and John Crow Mountains|
Our first stop is the island of Jamaica and the Blue and John Crow Mountains. This spectacular mountain range is the nation's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the southeastern part of the island, the mountain range is a wonderful mixed cultural and natural site. The Blue and John Crow Mountains once served as refuge for indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and later Maroons (escaping African slaves). Together, they formed the Nanny Town Heritage Route, "a network of trails, hiding places and settlements" which allowed them to survive and "develop a spiritual practice connected to the mountain. The site also offers a lovely constellation of endemic plant species."
Our next stop is the People's Republic of China and the Tusi Sites. Located in southwest China, this mountainous region includes the remains of several tribal cultures dating from between the 13th and 20th centuries. The government in Beijing appointed tribal leaders as "Tusi"hereditary leaders who permit ethnic minorities to continue their way of life that date back to the 3rd century B.C.E.
|Christianfeld, Moravian Church settlement|
|Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars, France|
Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars in France-#historichappyhour insisted blogger feature this World Heritage site. Cheers
In honor of the headline agreement between Iran, the United States and its European allies the next stop on our World Heritage Sites tour is Susa, Iran. Susa is one of two sites in Iran inscribed on the World Heritage list. The site includes King Ardeshir's palace on the Shavur River in the lower Zargros Mountains and archeological mounds on the eastern side of the river. Susa also contains layers of urban settlements from the fifth millennium B.C.E through the 13th century
|Necropolis of Beit She'arim|
|Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution|
|Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System, Mexico|
|Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape|
|Ruins of Hatra, Iraq|
This is just a sample of this year's class of World Heritage Sites. These places and so many more contribute to our global cultural heritage in ways that we cannot imagine. Please take a minute to enjoy the images and hopefully plan to visit them in the future. You can see more picture on pinterest.