The beauty of 10 new world heritages just recognized by UNESCO
Buddhist mountain monasteries on Mount Sansa (South Korea):
Founded in the 7th and 9th century, the space of seven Sansa Buddhist monasteries features the Madang architecture of Korea with the courtyard surrounded by four main buildings. Today, this heritage is a living proof of faith, the spiritual practice of the people here.
Naumburg Cathedral (Germany):
Begun to build in 1028, the Naumburg cathedral is a prominent work of medieval architecture, with a late Roman-Gothic style conversion. Here there are sculptures showing the choir and the founders of the church in true dimensions, considered masterpieces of art.
Located in the Wuling mountain range in Guizhou - southwest China, Fanjingshan has an elevation of 500-2,570 m above sea level known for its high biodiversity and endemic species. It is a metamorphosed limestone island, with plant and animal species dating from 65 million to 2 million years ago.
An industrial city in the Piedmont region of the 20th century, Ivrea was designed by leading urban planners and architects in Italy between the 1930s and 1960s. This architectural complex reflects the modern vision of the relationship between industrial production and urban architecture.
Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region (Japan):
Located on the northwestern island of Kyushu, this heritage includes 10 villages, Hara Castle and a mosque built between the 16th and 19th centuries. Here reflects the earliest evangelistic activities in Japan, a unique testimony to the cultural traditions maintained by the secular Christians who spread the faith in the Nagasaki area during the forbidden period.
Chaîne des Puys (France):
Located in the centre of France, the Chaîne des Puys volcano is the result of the formation of the Alps 35 million years ago. The geological features of this heritage demonstrate the fracture of the continental crust, allowing the magma from deep underground to rise, leading to the phenomenon of elevating the surface of the earth.
Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman):
This world heritage on the east coast of the Sultanate of Oman was once the main port of Arabia between the 11th and 15th centuries, during the reign of the princes of Hormuz. Today, this is the only archaeological evidence of trade links among East Arabs, East Africa, India, China and Southeast Asia.
Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai (India):
Being a global trading centre, Mumbai has embarked on ambitious urban planning in the second half of the 19th century. Public works originally built in Victorian Gothic style, followed by Art Deco in the early 20th century. The blend of "Indian colors" has created a unique architectural style, called Indo-Deco.
Chiribiquete National Park (Colombia):
It is the largest protected nature reserve in the country, characterized by large table-top mountains standing out among the forests. There are tens of thousands of paintings in the caves in the rock walls, depicting scenes of hunting, fighting scenes, rituals, dances... more than 20,000 years ago.
Pimachiowin Aki (Canada):
Dubbed the "land of life," this beautiful natural landscape consists of romantic rivers flowing through vast taiga forests, lakes and wetlands. It is home to the native Anishinaabeg ancestors with traditional livelihood activities such as fishing, hunting and gathering.
By: Oralie Smith