UNESCO’s latest update of the World Heritage List refers to 981 properties that include 759 cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties in 160 States Parties.
The World Heritage List includes monuments, groups of buildings and sites with historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value.
According to UNESCO, the 981 properties form part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.
Out of those properties, 17 are Greek.
Below are the Greek sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
- Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
- Acropolis, Athens
- Archaeological Site of Delphi
- Medieval City of Rhodes
- Mount Athos
- Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika
- Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
- Archaeological Site of Mystras
- Archaeological Site of Olympia
- Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
- Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
- Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)
- Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns
- The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos
- Old Town of Corfu
UNESCO’s official website: “The monuments included on the World Heritage List are selected and approved on the basis of their value as the best examples of human creative genius. They exhibit an important interchange of human values and bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or has disappeared. They are directly linked to important stages in human history and for this reason they have outstanding universal significance and are a part of mankind’s common heritage.”