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UNESCO Names 25 New World Heritage Sites

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Is your Bucket List in need of a little inspiration?

UNESCO to the rescue! Last week, its World Heritage Committee officially inscribed 25 new World Heritage Sites, bringing the swelling number to a whopping 936 worldwide.

Joining the ranks of recognized world wonders like Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, and Ayers Rock are the Longobards in Italy (above), seven buildings built by the Scandi-Germanic Lombard tribe who, during their powerful 6th- to 8th-century reign, established a distinct culture and architectural style that began Europe’s evolution from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

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The impressive military Garrison of Historic Bridgetown in Barbados was also added—what served as vital port for European trade and commerce remains an impressive testimony to the architectural contribution left behind by the British colonial empire in the 1600s—as well as the archeological sites on Meroe Island in the Sudan (below), seat of the powerful Kush Empire (8th century B.C. to 4th century A.D.).

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This was the 35th session of the Committee, which, since 1977, has converged annually to declare, and assign financial aid for the preservation of, the world’s most internationally significant national and cultural treasures.

Among the other inscriptions are 18 cultural sites, three natural formations, and one mixed property, all hailing from countries as far-flung as Colombia, AustriaIran, and the Ukraine.

So if you’re reaching for that imitable goal of checking off all 936 (hey, nothing should be impossible where Bucket Lists are concerned), best get a move on. The current list, which now spans over 153 countries, looks to hit the four-figure mark within the next few years.

Lindsey Olander is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Top: Longobards (credit: Marcello Fedeli); Middle: The Garrison in Historic Bridgetown, Barbados (credit: Barbados Tourism Authority); Bottom: Meroe Island, Sudan (credit: © UNESCO / Maria Grop)



 

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