21 New “Masterpieces” Of Nature And Culture Join The World Heritage List

Published July 11, 2017

See the unparalleled beauty of the 21 new UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the ancient caves of Germany to the plateaus of China.

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21 New “Masterpieces” Of Nature And Culture Join The World Heritage List
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Every year, the World Heritage Committee meets to discuss what new destinations will receive the honor of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Last month, at a meeting in Krakow, Poland, the group added 21 stunning locations -- bringing the total to 1,073 sites.

The sites all have a kind of cultural, environmental, or historical significance and -- with their new designation -- fall under the protection of the United Nations. According to UNESCO, these places could be "a masterpiece of human creative genius and cultural significance" or could contain "superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance."

This year's winners include a place where stunning Tibetan temples are enveloped by giant tree roots, an island only men can visit (and they have to be naked), and a controversial pick in the Middle East.

Check out the stunning photos above to understand exactly why we want these places preserved.

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