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World Heritage brings together exceptional cultural sites that belong to all humankind, such as the pyramids of Egypt, the city of Venice, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. The International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) takes part in the protection of this unique legacy.

Angkor, Siem Reap © Miel Delphine / ICOMOS

Boat House and Sail Loft Pillars Antigua Naval Dockyard banque dimages ICOMOS Daniel Young TorquemadaIn 2016, 12 cultural sites and 3 mixed sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List. 

The World Heritage Committee inscribed 12 new cultural sites and 3 mixed sites on the World Heritage List during its 40th annual session, which was held in Istanbul (Turkey) from 10 to 20 July 2016 and at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 24 to 26 October 2016.

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