heritage sites around the world
More than a dozen other sites have also been granted world heritage status in recent days. Here are a few:
• The Burgundy vineyards south of Dijon, France, which have been shaped by centuries of wine making. Along with surrounding villages and the historic center of Dijon, the site represents an industry in existence since at least the 12th century.
• Champagne, the sparkling wine distinctive of the French region, represented in the vineyards, the cellars where the bottled wine ferments a second time, and the storied sales houses.
• The Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens of Turkey, which go back to ancient Greek and Roman times.
• A Lutheran church settlement known as Christiansfeld in Denmark. Founded in 1773 in the region of South Jutland, the town was built around a central church square to represent the democratic ideal of this Protestant denomination.
• The archaeological mounds and Ardeshir's palace along the Shavur River in Iran. Known as Susa, the site was continuously settled from the 5th century B.C. until the 13th century.
• The Baekje region of South Korea comprising archaeological sites dating from the late 5th to late 7th century.
• Mongolia's sacred Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain where the Central Asian steppe meets the Siberian taiga. Tradition holds that it is the site of Genghis Khan's birth and burial.
• Christian pilgrimage sites in modern Jordan where Jesus is said to have been baptized, along with Roman and Byzantine remains in the area.
• The Rjukan-Notodden industrial site in Norway, built in the early 20th century to produce fertilizer to meet the booming demand from agriculture.
• Scotland's Forth Bridge, completed in 1890 to carry trains over the Forth River and still in use today.
• The Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica's first world heritage site. It was a refuge for indigenous people and escaped African slaves. Associated Press