Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (Mexico) becomes a World Heritage Site

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The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Istanbul, Turkey from 10 to 17 July has inscribed 21 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They include 12 cultural sites, six natural and three mixed sites.

New: Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo

Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo

Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo

One of them – Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo, Mexico. Located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, this archipelago is made up of four remote islands and their surrounding waters: San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarión. This archipelago is part of a submerged mountain range, with the four islands representing the peaks of volcanoes emerging above sea level. The islands provide critical habitat for a range of wildlife and are of particular importance for seabirds. The surrounding waters have a remarkable abundance of large pelagic species, such as manta rays, whales, dolphins and sharks.

Archipiélago de Revillagigedo

Mexico has the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in the Americas and the seventh most in the world. As of July 2016 there are 27 cultural sites, 6 natural sites and 1 mixed site on the list, making for a total of 34.

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

Cultural (27)

Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila (2006)
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System (2015)
Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco (1999)
Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes (1998)
Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (2010)
Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (2007)
Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl (1994)
El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City (1992)
Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro (2003)
Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco (1987)
Historic Centre of Morelia (1991)
Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán (1987)
Historic Centre of Puebla (1987)
Historic Centre of Zacatecas (1993)
Historic Fortified Town of Campeche (1999)
Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro (1996)
Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan (1998)
Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines (1988)
Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara (1997)
Luis Barragán House and Studio (2004)
Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque (1987)
Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza (1988)
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (1987)
Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal (1996)
Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca (2010)
Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco (2008)
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco (1993)

Natural (6)

Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (2016)
El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (2013)
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (2005)
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (2008)
Sian Ka’an (1987)
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (1993)

Mixed (1)

Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche (2002)


Author: Sergey Syutkin