World Heritage Site
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UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in 1972 adopted the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the so-called UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

Pursuant to that Convention, a World Heritage List of important world cultural and natural sites has been made:

"The World Heritage List includes 830 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. These include 644 cultural, 162 natural and 24 mixed properties in 138 States Parties."

See the home page of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for more detailed information.

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