Medieval Treasures Added to UN's Heritage Sites

Of the 24 new sites added to UNESCO's list of heritage sites, several date to medieval times. According to UNESCO, 754 sites worldwide now quality as places of "outstanding universal value." 24 new sites were added this year including the following dating from medieval times:
  • The Jewish Quarter in Trebic, Czech Republic, where Jewish and Christian cultures mingled from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, and St Procopius' Basilica, a 13th century cathedral.
  • Takht-e Soleyman, Iran which includes a Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the 13th century and a Sasanian temple dedicated to Anahita built in the 6th and 7th centuries.
  • The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Kazakhstan, built from 1389 to 1405, one of the world's best=preserved examples of the Timurid period.
  • Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent, Russian Federation, which still retains some of its medieval flavor.
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, South Africa, developed into the largest kingdom in sub-Saharan Africa and was abandoned in the 14th century.
  • Ubeda-Baeza, in southern Spain, dates to Moorish 9th century and 13th century Reconquista.

UNESCO hopes to preserve these sites for future generations.