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Aashish Chopra Jul 11 2014

Which are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of 2014?

Benazir Khan Jul 11 2014
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Planning a trip to these heritage sites across the world? Don't miss ixigo's attractive LTC discount on flights and hotels booking. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee had its annual meeting this year in Doha, Qatar on June 2014. The conclusion to a new selection of sites to be added on to the list of protected sites took the total number of World Heritage Sites to 1007 sites till date. Here is a selection of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2014.

1. Rani ki Vav, India

Also known as the “Queen’s Stepwell,” Rani Ki Vav is a beautifully sculptured well. It was built by Queen Udayamati, in memory of her husband Bhimdev I, a ruler of the Solanki Dynasty. The architecture of the well bears semblance to a style known as Maru-Gurjara style. It was constructed in the form of an inverted temple, with seven levels going downwards, leading into a pool at the very bottom.

Photo of Rani Ki Vav (by DSM888)

Later, it was recognized as a good source of collecting and draining water in a larger space by breaking it down into smaller spaces. The stepwell has several intricate carvings on its walls and over 2,000 statues.

Photo of the step well structure (by Sudhamshu)

2. Silk Roads, China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

The Tian-Shan Corridor of the ancient Silk Road network that connects China with Central Asia’s mainland is specifically announced as part of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO this year. This specific corridor consists of a series of routes that were used for trade that span 8700 km. It was used by the Chinese and Roman empires to trade silk and other high-value goods.

Taldyk Pass (by DALIBRI)

3. Grotte Chauvet-Pont D’Arc, France

The cave of Pont D’Arc was discovered only in 1994. It was sealed up till then by a rockfall, an event that goes back to 20,000 years ago. The Pont D’Arc contains the earliest expressions of art forms created by human beings. 1000 drawings of mostly animals that date back as far as 31,000 years ago can be seen on the walls of the cave. It occupies 8500 sq. metres and is located in southern France.

Drawing (by Ras67)

4. Tomioka Silk Mill, Japan

The Tomioka Silk Mill, in Tokyo was established in 1872. It was the driving force behind the country’s prosperity, as it led to an exponential increase in Japan’s silk exports in the 19th century. The factory used to produce silk kimonos, silk weaves, hand painted screens and other by-products of silk. Today, the factory is used for sericulture purposes.

Silk Mill (by Hasec)

5. Stevns Klint, Denmark

A meteorite was believed to have caused the end of the dinosaur era. It had perhaps impacted the Yucatan peninsula severely. A clear impact of the same kind of destruction can be seen in the chalk cliffs of Stevns Klint in Denmark. This probable historical importance associated with the landscape, makes it a unique world heritage site listed by the UNESCO.

Photo of Stevns Klint (by cathywilson35)

6. Great Himalayan National Park, India

The Great Himalayan National Park was established in 1984. The park is spread out across 1171 sq. kilometres in Himachal Pradesh. The national park is a huge reservoir of the natural landscape and wildlife of the Western Himalayas. It contains ample alpine meadows and forests. It is also a source for the provision of water to human settlements in its vicinity.

Photo of the Great Himalayan National Park (by parth joshi)

Photo of inroads into the park (by hitanshu)

7. Pyu Ancient Cities, Myanmar

The Pyu Kingdom flourished between 200 BC and 900 AD. It is located in the Myanmar’s Ayeyawady River basin area and is replete with stupas, burial grounds and palace citadels of the ancient Pyu kingdom. The main hubs of the kingdom were the cities of Beikthano, Halin and Sri Ksetra which can be seen amongst the ruins here.

Photo of the ruins around the Pyu Cities (by Doron)

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8. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont, Italy

The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont was pronounced as the most consistent site in terms of a scenic rural vineyard landscape by the UNESCO. This vineyard in Italy, is divided into five wine-growing areas and a castle.

Photo of the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont (by bluestardrop - Andrea Mucelli)

Photo of the aerial view of the landscape (by M^3)

9. Trang An Scenic Complex, Vietnam

The site is important to Vietnam’s natural and anthropological history. The area is surrounded by an abundance of rocks, peaks, valleys and cliffs. The caves here have evidence of the existence of human life here dating back to 30,000 years ago. Rock art and other artefacts in the caves here suggest the possibility that the earliest settlers here were hunter-gatherers. It contains sacred sites and paddy fields near the area of Hoa Lu, which was Vietnam’s capital in the 10th and 11th centuries.

Photo of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex (by presscenter.org)

10. Van Nelle Fabriek, Netherlands

The Van Nelle Fabriek was constructed in the 1920s. The factory is considered to have been working in a fashion that employed techniques of production that were far ahead of its time. This site in Netherlands, was recognised for its progressive design. This includes using daylight to improve conditions of work and using the best models of production for a rational procedure of distribution and flows.

Photo of the Van Nelle Fabriek (by M.Minderhoud)

World heritage sites listed by the UNESCO are cultural and historical treasures which are a record of an era gone by. They not only add to an expansion of the dimensions of human civilisation, but even tend to question our notions of modernity and ancientness. Make sure you avail the LTC discount so that you can save big bucks for sightseeing and shopping. So the next time you take a trip to any world heritage site, do not forget to share your experience here--whether through words or pictures. Cheers!

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