World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 878 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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UNESCO Publishing, 2009 - Architecture - 832 pages
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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 York
  • The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario
  • Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first international peace park, which straddles the US-Canada border
  • The ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan
  • The remarkable Dazu Rock Carvings in China
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Missouri, the largest pre- Columbian settlement north of Mexico
  • The unique ecosystem of the Serengeti in Tanzania

The new sites added to this edition are:

  • Stoclet House in Belgium
  • The Ruins of Loropeni in Burkina Faso
  • Cidade Velha, the historic center of Ribeira Grande, in Cape Verde
  • Mount Wutai in China
  • Shushtar, a historic hydraulic system in Iran
  • The Dolomites in Italy
  • The royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in South Korea
  • Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain in Kyrgyzstan
  • The Wadden Sea in Germany and the Netherlands
  • The Sacred City of Caral-Supe in Peru
  • The Tower of Hercules in Spain
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds and le Locle, historic centers of watch-making and town-planning in Switzerland Pontcysyllte 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.

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Review: World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 878 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

User Review  - Jessica-Robyn - Goodreads

World Heritage Sites is a great book for both basic reference and discovery. From each page there are amazing photographs of places most of us can only dream of seeing, pieces of world history. The ... Read full review

Review: World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 878 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

User Review  - Aoi - Goodreads

Nice coffee table read. Pros: The immense number of sites covered is enough to take you on a whirlwind tour around the world. Cons: With its size, it's a handy reference book, but you can't use it for ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
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World Heritage sites mapped by continent
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World Heritage sites descriptions locations and photographs
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