The World Heritage List

On the UNESCO World Heritage List are currently 690 properties, ranging from complete inner cities (Rome) to islands, churches, mosques, castles and pyramids. Each of them was submitted to the World Heritage Committee by a national government, because they are considered to be of outstanding universal value.

The meaning of this universal value is to be taken broadly. The Heritage List features not only monuments of human achievement, like the inner city of Rome, the Pyramids of Egypt, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia and the Taj Mahal in India.

The list also features places that were the scene of human folly:The Auschwitz Concentration camp in Poland, Robben Island in South-Africa and the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. It is in this group that the Madonna of Nagasaki deserves its own, rightful place.

UNESCO World Heritage

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