Croatia gets new World Heritage sight

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Beth Ryan
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Croatia has a brand new UNESCO sight to add to its impressive list. On Friday, the World Heritage committee declared the collection of medieval tombstones and graveyards known as Stećak (or stecci) an official world heritage sight. 

The sight includes 30 Stećaks in total, spread across the Balkan region: 22 are in Bosnia and Herzegovinna,  3 in Montenegro and 3 in Serbia. Croatia has 2. But there are thousands more scattered around the country - around 4,500, according to expert estimations. They're carved from limestone and embellished with intricate motives and inscriptions. Harking from the 12th - 16th centuries, they're priceless artifacts. 

Croatia already boasts 7 World Heritage sights in the form of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Stari Grad Plains on Hvar, the Cathedral of Saint James in Šibenik, the city of Trogir, the old city of Dubrovnik, Split's Roman remains (the Palace of Diocletian) and the Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč.

Also given UNESCO status on Friday were China's Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape, Iran's ancient aqueducts (Qanat), the archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara, and the ancient city of Ani in Turkey. 

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