UNESCO Adds Six New Sites to World Heritage List

Doha, June 23 (QNA) – UNESCO’s 38th session of the World Heritage Committee Monday inscribed properties in the Russian Federation, Costa Rica, Viet Nam, India, Philippines and Denmark on the World Heritage List.

It also approved the extensions of a site in China and two trans boundary sites in Poland and Belarus, and Denmark and Germany.

The sites discussed include two cultural sites, a mixed natural and cultural property, and six natural sites.

`Russian Federation’s Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex lies on the shores of the Volga River, south of its confluence with the River Kama, and south of the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan.

It contains evidence of the medieval city of Bolgar, an early settlement of the civilization of Volga-Bolgars, which existed between the 7th and the 15th centuries, and was the first capital of the Golden Horde in the 13th century.

Bolgar represents the historical cultural exchanges and transformations of Eurasia over several centuries that played a pivotal role in the formation of civilizations, customs and cultural traditions.

The property provides remarkable evidence of historic continuity and cultural diversity. It is a symbolic reminder of the acceptance of Islam by the Volga-Bolgars in 922 AD and remains a sacred, pilgrimage destination to the Tatar Muslims.

Other properties inscribed today are Costa Rica’s Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquis.

It includes four archaeological sites located in the Diquis Delta in southern Costa Rica, which are considered unique examples of the complex social, economic and political systems of the period between 500-1500 AD.

WHC inscribed Vietnam’s Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex as a mixed natural and cultural property. Situated on the southern shore of the Red River delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. (MORE)

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