UNESCO sites on banknotes

I read an interesting topic on the members forum of the IBNS. Somebody has a special collecting theme: UNESCO sites on banknotes. UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

What are these sites? To quote UNESCO: "The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value." Countries like to put sites on their banknotes which are the pride of a nation so it should come as no surprise that quite a few of the current 962 sites have ended up on banknotes thoughout the world.

Right now people on the IBNS forum are compiling a list of the sites, so it's 'work in progress'. The list is impressive so far and can be viewed after the click (pick numbers and the exact banknote will be added later by the collectors):

  • AFGHANISTAN: Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.
  • ALBANIA: Butrint, Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra.
  • AZERBAIJAN: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower. Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape.
  • BANGLADESH: Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat.
  • BELARUS: Mir Castle Complex, Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radzwill Family at Nesvizh.
  • BELIZE: Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.
  • CAMBODIA: Angkor, Temple of Preah Vihear.
  • CAPE VERDE: Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande.
  • CHINA: Historic Centre of Macao.
  • CROATIA: Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian, Old City of Dubrovnik.
  • CZECH REPUBLIC: Historic City of Prague.
  • CONGO: Virunga National Park, Garamba National Park, Okapi Wildlife Reserve.
  • GAMBIA: Stone Circles of Senegambia.
  • GEORGIA: Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery.
  • GHANA: Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions.
  • JORDAN:Petra, Quseir Amra.
  • KAZAKHSTAN: Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.
  • KYRGYZSTAN: Sulaiman- Too Sacred Maountain.
  • LITHUANIA: Vilnius Historic Centre.
  • MALAYSIA: Gunung Mulu National Park, Kinabalu Park, Cliff of Bandiagara ( Land of the Dogons).
  • MALTA: City of Valetta, Megalithic Temples of Malta.
  • PANAMA: Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama.
  • PHILIPPINES: Baroque Churches of the Philippines, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
  • SLOVAKIA: Levoca, Spissky Hrad and Associated Cultural Monuments, Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area.
  • SRI LANKA: Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sacred City of Anuradhapura, Sacred City of Kandy.
  • TANZANIA: Kilimanjaro National Park, Stone Town of Zanzibar.
  • TUNISIA: Dougga/ Thugga.
  • TURKEY: Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex, Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia.
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas).
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast, St Kilda, Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, New Lanark.
  • UZBEKISTAN: Historic Centre of Bukhara, Samarkand - Crossroads of Cultures.
  • YEMEN: Old City of Sana'a.
  • ZAMBIA: Mosi-oa-Tunya/ Victoria Falls.
  • ZIMBABWE: Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Mosi-oa- Tunya/ Victoria Falls.
Steven Friday 19 October 2012 at 09:33 am | | articles
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