The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Committee have just added Mount Etna’s Volcano and Italy’s Medici Villas among 19 sites to their World Heritage list of places of ‘outstanding universal value.’
At its 37th annual meeting held in the Cambodian capital of Phonom Penh the committee added five natural sites and 14 cultural ones to is ever increasing list of global treasures.
Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and Namibia’s Namib Sand Sea all joined the list. Other sites that made the list are the remains of a fortress that once surrounded Kaesong, the ancient capital of North Korea which is now one of the world’s most secretive states.
The Renaissance Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany, Tehran’s Golestan Palace, the Hills Forts of Rajasthan in India and the wooden ‘tserkvas’ (churches) of the Carpathian region of Poland and Ukraine also made the list.