BODY United Nations cultureUNESCO) added 33 new legacy locations to the list. Slate Landscape in the northwest Wales, monumental petroglyphs of the Neolithic period Russia and Trans Iran Railways are among them.
The Welsh Slate Landscape and Russian petroglyphs are among 33 new sites added by the UN cultural agency to the list World Heritage last Wednesday.
The UNESCO ceremony was held with presentations by its chairman, Tian Xuejun, virtually all over the world.
The Slate landscape in northwest Wales straddles six separate areas that have been shaped since the industrial revolution when quarrying and mining became an important part of the economy.
“It combines the natural landscape of Snowdonia with the great human impact, particularly during the era of slate excavation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The impact is very noticeable around here in north-west Wales,” said Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford.
“That’s what convinced UNESCO to grant World Heritage status to that part of north Wales. We can see the combination of nature and people and the way they interact with each other.”
The petroglyphs, with nearly 5,000 monumental works of art, are part of the Neolithic spread across the coast and islands of Karelia in northwestern Russia, some of which are 7,000 years old.