WATCH: These Top 10 New UNESCO Sites will take you on a mental journey through time and history

2018-08-10 08:30
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1. Pimachiowin Aki, Canada

This is one of the few UNESCO sites recognised for both its cultural and natural values. These rivers, forests and wetlands form the ancestral home of the Anishinaabeg indigenous community.

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2. Sansa, South Korea 

These seven Buddhist monasteries are found in the southern provinces of the Korean Peninsula. Sansa's magnificent shrines have hosted daily religious practices since the 7th century. 

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3. Sassanid Landscape, Iran

These fortified structures that date back to 224 CE are scattered across 8 archaeological sites. It's thought this location was a flourishing capital city with palaces during the Sassanian Empire. 

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4. Fanjingshan, China

Located in south-west China, this isolated natural UNESCO site has altitudes over 2500 metres above sea level. Due to its high elevation, this biodiverse region has many plant and animal species unique to the area.

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5. Barberton Makhonjwa, South Africa

This site contains 40% of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, one of the world's oldest natural structures. Comprised of volcanic rock and partially forged by meteor impacts, this geological marvel is 3.6 billion years old.

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6. Thimlich Ohinga, Kenya

This well-preserved dry-stone walled settlement was built in the 16th century. It was most likely used as a fort and acted as an enclosure to raise livestock. 

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7. Ancient City of Qalhat, Oman

Located along Oman's east coast, Qalhat is surrounded by inner and outer walls. It was also a major trading port on the coast of Arabia between the 11th and 15th centuries.

8. Christian Sites in Nagasaki, Japan

These hidden Christian communities were built in the 17th and 19th centuries. The 10 villages managed to exist during a time period when Christianity was forbidden in Japan. 

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9. Göbekli Tepe, Turkey

These megalithic structures engraved with animals were erected between 9,600 and 8,200 BCE. The Upper Mesopotamia community living here likely used the structures for funerals and other rituals. 

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10. Chaîne des Puys, France

35 million years ago, this site was created in the wake of the French Alp's formation. The geological features are a prime example of one of the major stages of plate tectonics: continental rifting.

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