UNESCO World Heritage sites

A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake, monument, or mountain) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being of special cultural or physical significance. The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the General Assembly.

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    Banska Stiavnica

    Banska Stiavnica is a town in central Slovakia, in the middle of an immense caldera created by the collapse of an ancient volcano. For its size, the caldera is known as Stiavnica Mountains.

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    Barad is a mountainous village in northern Syria, administratively part of the Aleppo Governorate, located northwest of Aleppo. Nearby localities include Burj Abdullah to the northwest, Kimar to the north, Aqiba to the northeast and Nubl to the east.

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    Basilica (Tongeren Basilica), Tongeren

    The Tongeren Basilica, built in Gothic style in the 13th century, where recent excavations have produced some of the richest archaeological finds in Flanders. Archaeological excavations have proven the presence of an edifice here starting from the 4th century, while a Carolingian prayer house existed here in the 9th century.

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    Basilica of Constantine (Aula Palatina), Trier

    The Basilica of Constantine, or Aula Palatina, at Trier, Germany is a Roman palace basilica that was built by the emperor Constantine (AD 306–337) at the beginning of the 4th century.

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    Batad Rice Terraces

    Batad Rice Terraces. The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995, the first-ever property to be included in the cultural landscape category of the World Heritage List.

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    Batalha Monastery

    The Monastery of Batalha, literally the Monastery of the Battle, is a Dominican convent in the civil parish of Batalha, in the district of Leiria, in the Centro Region region of Portugal.

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    Bath, Somerset

    Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, South West England, known for its Roman-built baths. In 2011, the population was 88,859. Bath is in the valley of the River Avon, 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 11 miles (18 km) south-east of Bristol. The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987.

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    Batllo House

    Casa Batllo is a renowned building located in the centre of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces.

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    Battle of the Neva

    The Battle of the Neva was fought between the Novgorod Republic and Karelians against Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Tavastian armies on the Neva River, near the settlement of Ust-Izhora, on 15 July 1240.

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    Beaumaris Castle

    Beaumaris Castle, located in the town of the same name on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, was built as part of Edward I's campaign to conquer the north of Wales after 1282. Plans were probably first made to construct the castle in 1284, but this was delayed due to lack of funds and work only began in 1295 following the Madog ap Llywelyn uprising.

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    Beemster is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Also, the Beemster is the first so-called polder in the Netherlands that was reclaimed from a lake, the water being extracted out of the lake by windmills. The Beemster Polder was dried during the period 1609 through 1612.

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    Beguinage, Antwerp

    The Beguinage in Antwerp is a group of houses and a church surrounding a central courtyard. Starting from the 16th century, it was occupied by a religious sisterhood known as the Beguines.

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    Beguinage, Brussels

    A beguinage is an architectural complex which formerly housed beguines, lay religious women who lived in community without taking vows or retiring from the world.

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    Beguinage, Diest

    A beguinage is an architectural complex which formerly housed beguines, lay religious women who lived in community without taking vows or retiring from the world.

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    Beguinage, Kortrijk

    A beguinage is an architectural complex which formerly housed beguines, lay religious women who lived in community without taking vows or retiring from the world.

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    Beguinage, Lier

    The 13th-century Beguinage, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lier. It is an incredibly quaint place and one of the largest and most beautiful beguinages in Belgium.

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    Beguinage, Tongeren

    The Beguinage, founded in 1257, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Its enclosure wall was destroyed in the 19th century: it separated the beguinage from the rest of the city and thus guaranteed peace and quiet for the small religion-inspired community.

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    Beguinage, Turnhout

    The beguinage, formerly home to a religious sisterhood known as the Beguines, was founded in the 13th century on what was then the grounds of the local castle.

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    Behistun Inscription

    The Behistun Inscription is a multilingual inscription and large rock relief on a cliff at Mount Behistun in the Kermanshah Province of Iran, near the city of Kermanshah in western Iran.

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    Belfry (Belfry of Bethune), Bethune

    Loyal to the French crown during the Hundred Years War, Bethune was granted the right to erect a belfry in 1346. Forty-two years later, the aldermen built a tower in Béthune sandstone, an extremely hard stone, to replace the wooden tower that had been destroyed by fire.

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    Belfry (Belfry of Bruges), Bruges

    The belfry of Bruges, or Belfort, is a medieval bell tower in the historical centre of Bruges, Belgium. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger.

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    Belfry (Belfry of Cambrai), Cambrai

    The belfry of Cambrai and originally of St. Mary's Church dates from the 15th century and is one of those listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the category "Belfries of France and Belgium".