UN adds four sites to World Heritage list

ISTANBUL • The United Nations' cultural agency yesterday added four sites in India, Iran, China and Micronesia to its World Heritage list.

The sites named by Unesco include the archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) in India, the so-called qanat water systems in Iran and the Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape in China.

The site in Iran is an example of an ancient water supply system that suited the most arid areas.

The landscape in China is all that remains today of the Bronze Age culture, known as "bronze drum" after its most characteristic artefacts, the agency said in a statement.

Another site is a ceremonial centre of eastern Micronesia in the Federated States of Micronesia containing mediaeval palaces and tombs.

The Nalanda Mahavihara site is in Bihar state in north-eastern India. It comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the third century BC to the 13th century AD, Unesco said.

The remains include stupas, shrines, residential and educational buildings and important artworks in stucco, stone and metal.

The ancient seat of learning is being revived under the Nalanda University project, partly with help from Singapore.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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