Each year Unesco meets to agree those sites that should be added to its list of places that have ‘outstanding universal value’. On 10 July, the organisation’s Heritage Commitee meets in Baku in Azerbaijan to agree the new Unesco world heritage sites.

The following will formally be announced as joining the list of heritage sites.

Ancient city of Babylon, Iraq

Babylon, Iraq

Home to the hanging Gardens of Babylon, it might surprise you to learn that the ancient Mesopotamian town is not already on the list, but lobbying has now paid off. The Iraqi site has undergone extensive restoration work in recent year.

Bagan, Myanmar
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Bagan, Myanmar

Another site you might be forgiven for believing was already listed, Bagan’s temples spread over a last area of central Myanmar. Best seen either by balloon or on foot.


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Tubuai, French Austral Islands
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French Austral

You might need to check out your atlas to discover where this place is, these scattered islands in the South Pacific host a high concentration of both birds and mammals, including the King Penguin.

Palace of the Winds, Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India

Jaipur, India

Founded in 1727, the pink city of Rajasthan was a fortified stronghold and a must on anyone’s journey around this star-studded tour around the cultural sites of northern India.

Emperor Nintoku's Mounded Tomb, Osaka, Japan
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Mounded Tombs, Japan

Some 49 tombs dating back to the third to sixth centuries BC are located in Osaka. The largest, named after the Emperor Nintoku is the biggest tomb in the East Asian country.

Plain of Jars, Laos
Plain of Jars, Laos

Thousands of huge stone jars dominate the landscape of Xiengkhouang in Laos. Most probably used to bury people, the jars date back to between 500 BC and 500 AD.

Glacier ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Glaciers, lava flows and a wonderful diverse fauna dominate this volcanic region of Iceland that covers some 14% of the country’s area.


Unesco World Heritage Sites

If you wish to discover more the sites that were added in 2018 click here. For a full list of the  more than 1000 current World Heritage sites click here.

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