UNESCO adds Israel caves to World Heritage list

UNESCO adds Israel caves to World Heritage list

PanARMENIAN.Net - The UN cultural agency has designated a network of ancient, man-made caves outside of Jerusalem a World Heritage site, the Associated Press reports.

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee added the caves of Beit Guvrin-Maresha — known as a "city under a city" — to the prestigious list of during its annual meeting in Qatar on Sunday, June 22.

The 2,000-year-old caves are comprised of chambers and networks with various functions, and are situated below the ancient twin towns of Maresha and Beit Guvrin.

Israel now boasts a total of eight World Heritage sites, including Masada, the Old City of Acre and the Bahai Holy Shrines in Haifa.

Only countries that have signed the World Heritage convention, pledging to protect their natural and cultural heritage, can nominate a site, which must have an "outstanding universal value" to qualify.

 Top stories
Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex was transferred to the Ministry of Defense under the property against debt program.
The Ministry of Agriculture was instructed to halt the import of wild animals, with sanitary and quarantine control to be boosted at the border.
Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," since it was established in 1936.
The first day will end with a visit to Tsitsernakaberd to place a wreath at the Genocide Monument and tour the Genocide Museum.
Partner news