The World Heritage Committee holding its 33rd session has inscribed two new natural sites and 11 cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The natural sites added to the list are the Wadden Sea (Germany / The Netherlands) that comprises the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area and the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, as well as the Dolomites (Italy) that comprise a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha.
The new cultural sites on the list are the Stoclet House (Belgium), which is one of the most accomplished and homogenous buildings of the Vienna Secession, the Ruins of Loropéni (Burkina Faso), Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande (Cape Verde) and Mount Wutai (China) – a sacred Buddhist mountain. Among new sites are also: Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System (Iran), Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain (Kyrgyzstan), the Sacred City of Caral-Supe (Peru) – the 5000-year-old 626-hectare archaeological site, The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (Republic of Korea) – a collection of 40 tombs scattered over 18 locations, the Tower of Hercules (Spain) that has served as a lighthouse and landmark at the entrance of La Coruña harbour in north-western Spain since the late 1st century A.D., La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle watchmaking town-planning (Switzerland) and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (United Kingdom).
The Committee also withdrew one site – Dresden Elbe Valley (Germany). The List now numbers a total of 890 properties. The decision was due to the construction underway of a four-lane bridge in the heart of the cultural landscape.