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15 World Heritage Sites You Haven’t Heard of Yet

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More than 2,000 years ago, near the Aegean coast of modern-day Turkey, the Greek city of Pergamon was an important center of learning and healing. Today, it is one of the 26 newest UNESCO World Heritage sites, joining such significant natural and cultural sites as France’s prehistoric cave paintings of Pont d’Arc, China’s extensive Grand Canal, and Denmark’s remarkably preserved fossil record at Stevns Klint.

Each summer, the Paris-based United Nations agency meets—as it did recently in Doha, Qatar—to grant this coveted status to natural and man-made sites around the globe, almost always ensuring boosts in tourism and preservation assistance. The latest inscriptions bring the number of sites deemed most noteworthy—and fascinating—on the planet to 1,007. Here are 15 of the newest additions.

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