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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Neues Palace Potsdam, Germany

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.When Egypt built the Aswan Dam it would have covered important ancient ruins under the waters of the Lake Nasser. It took an international effort to have those sites removed piece by piece and relocated to the safety of other locations or museums. From this situation arose the concept of creating a movement to prevent other important historical sites of humanity from being lost forever.World Heritage Sites fall under two classications, cultural or natural. Each need to meet certain criteria to become a World Heritage Site. Cultural sites are usually associated with a recorded history of the human race. It may be buildings, masterpieces of art, historical remnants of  past civilizations and human achievements presently in existence. Natural sites are places of natural phenomena or traces of natural events that record earths natural history and evolving process.Today over 186 United Nation member countries and 4 non-members support the convention concerning the protection of world cultural and natural heritage. Since its beginning in 1972 the World Heritage list has grown to 981 properties in 161 countries or states. 422 of those sites are located in Europe and Italy has more sites than any other country with 50.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe by Country…

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ALBANIA

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ANDORRA

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AUSTRIA

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BELARUS

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BELGIUM

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BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

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BULGARIA

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CROATIA

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CYPRUS

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CZECHIA

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DENMARK

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ESTONIA

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FINLAND

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FRANCE

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GERMANY

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GREECE

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HOLY SEE

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HUNGARY

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ICELAND

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IRELAND

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ITALY

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LATVIA

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LITHUANIA

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LUXEMBOURG

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MALTA

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MOLDOVA

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MONTENEGRO

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NETHERLANDS

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NORTH MACEDONIA

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NORWAY

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POLAND

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PORTUGAL

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ROMANIA

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RUSSIA

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SAN MARINO

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SERBIA

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SLOVAKIA

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SLOVENIA

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SPAIN

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SWEDEN

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SWITZERLAND

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TURKEY

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UKRAINE

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UNITED KINGDOM

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NORTHERN IRELAND

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