Pimachiowin Aki, Canada
“The land that gives” – a rough coinage of the term ‘Pimachiowin’, this place has made its way to the list for both its historical and natural value. The vast array of forests, lakes, wetlands and wildlife surely contributes to the world environment. It is also the home to the Anishinaabeg communities, thus its historical value. Due to its traditional honoring of the ‘Creator’s gifts’ philosophy, the region has maintained its prosperous wildlife and greenery and made its name in the world.Sansa, Republic of Korea
Added recently to the UNESCO list, these Buddhist mountain monasteries – seven temples to be precise, date back as far as to the 7th and 9th centuries. With each temple having a traditional Korean open courtyard called madang, they have much importance amongst Buddhists and are indeed a wonderful addition to the list.
Also known as the Wuling Mountain Range, this is indeed and beautiful and worthy addition to the list. With the altitudes of the ranges varying from 500m to 2570m, several researches have revealed that these ranges were formed in the tertiary period – between 65 million and 2.58 million years geographically. This beautiful range is the home to a vast array of animal and plant species, many of which are endangered – the Chinese giant Salamander and the Reeve’s Pheasant amongst others.
Ancient City of Qalhat, Oman
Standing in the city of Qalhat, this ancient city carried a lot of importance in the 11th and 15th centuries CE. It was a highly valued port on the east coast of Arabia as it linked Arabia with China, East Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Though it is quite unfortunate that very little of the city remains today, one of the things that stills manages to exist is the mausoleum of Bibi Maryam.
Archaeological border complex of Hedeby and the Danevirke, Germany
Dating back to the 1st and 2nd millenia CE, this is a historical trading town of Germany. Despite its ancient roots, the site still has roads, cemeteries, buildings and a harbor present till date. It was a focal trading point for between Europe and Scandinavia, North Sea and the Baltic Sea as it was located between the Frankish Empire in the south and the Danish kingdom in the north.
Despite all the technological advancements in today’s day and age, it is nice to keep in touch with mankind’s historical roots that remind us of simpler and beautiful times.