24 incredible new UNESCO World Heritage Sites

New UNESCO sitesShutterstock/travelpeterThe production of sparkling wines through a secondary fermentation was developed in Champagne, France, in the early 17th century.

UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural organisation, recently added 24 new World Heritage Sites to its collection, which now includes over 1,000 cultural, historical, and natural sites around the world. 

The new additions include well-known tourist attractions like France’s Champagne wine region, as well as lesser-known historic gems like Jordan’s baptist site.

From the 18th-century missions of San Antonio, Texas, to Turkey’s ancient city of Ephesus, here are the newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


The hillsides, houses and cellars in Champagne, France, include historic vineyards, wineries, underground cellars, and Épernay's famous street, the Avenue de Champagne.

San Antonio's missions in Texas, US, date back to the 18th century and include the Alamo, where the famous battle between Mexican forces and Texan settlers took place in the 1800s.

Learn more about the San Antonio Missions.

China's Tusi Sites include the remains of several tribal domains, including the Tusi system in Laosicheng, Tangya, and the Hailongtun Fortress. According to UNESCO, the system, which dates back to the 3rd century BCE, was created in an effort to unify national administration while allowing for ethnic minorities to maintain their customs.

Learn more about the Tusi Sites.

The Forth Bridge, which spans the Forth River in Scotland, is the world's longest multi-span cantilever bridge.

Learn more about The Forth Bridge.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens, located in the heart of Singapore, have been crucial for research and plant conservation since 1875. It's free and open to the public every day of the year from 5 am to midnight.

Learn more about the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

The Rjukan -- Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, in Norway, is a fascinating landscape of mountains, waterfalls, and river valleys that sit amidst hydroelectric power plants, transmission lines, factories, and transport systems. According to UNESCO, the area was built by the Norse-Hydro Company to manufacture artificial fertiliser from nitrogen produced in the air.

The sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution include eleven properties that show the industrialisation of Japan during the 19th and 20th century in iron, steel, shipbuilding, and coal mining. One of the sites includes the abandoned Hashima Island, which used to be a coal mining island.

Susa, in Iran, includes archaeological mounds, the Ardeshir's palace, and excavated architectural monuments that hold administrative, residential and palatial structures from the late 5th century BCE to the 13th century CE.

Learn more about Susa.

Uruguay's Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape is known for its industrial complexes built for meat production and dispatching as early as the 1800s. According to UNESCO, the area includes the buildings and equipment of the Libeig Extract of Meat Company, through which meat was exported to the European Market in 1865, and the Anglo Meat Packing Plant, which exported frozen meat from 1924.

The Hail Region of Saudi Arabia consists of the Jabel Umm Sinman at Jubba and the Jabal al-Manjor and Raat at Shuwaymis, where you'll find a variety of petroglyphs and rock inscriptions that cover around 10,000 years of history.

Located in the central part of the Kehnti mountain range in Mongolia, the Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape is said to be where Genghis Khan was born and buried.

Maymand (Meymand), located in the Kerman Province of Iran, is a self-contained village where residents continue to raise animals on mountain pastures, living in temporary settlements in warm weather and moving to cave dwellings in the winter.

Learn more about the Cultural Landscape of Maymand.

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