ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 15 (UPI) — UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee added four new sites to its World Heritage List on Friday at its Istanbul meeting.
The new nominees bring to 1,035 the number of properties on the list, placed there because of special cultural or natural significance and to encourage their preservation by the international community.
Added to the list this year are the Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, rock cliffs in China with paintings dating from the fifth century B.C. depicting local life; the archeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara, a third century B.C. college and monastery in India; Iran’s Persian Qanat, a six-mile, gravity-fed irrigation system using underground aquifers, parts of which are 2,700 years old, and the 99 artificial islands made of coral and basalt comprising Nan Madol, built between 1200 and 1500 A.D. in the current Federated States of Micronesia.