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List of World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria

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The List of World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria is a group of places chosen by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

History[change | change source]

UNESCO was created for the "conservation and protection of the world’s inheritance of books, works of art and monuments of history and science". The constitution of UNESCO was ratified in 1946 by 26 countries.[1]

Bulgaria agreed to take part in the World Heritage Convention in 1974.[2]

List[change | change source]

The World Heritage Site (WHS)[3] list has developed over time. It is part of a process; and the list continues to grow.

There are nine WHS places in Bulgaria. The first four properties were added in the World Heritage List in 1979, and the last in 1985.[4]

Cultural[change | change source]

Inscription year Property Location Description WHS i.d. no. Photo
1983 Ancient City of Nessebar[5] The old part of Nessebar, on the Black Sea, just north of Burgas
42°39′21.996″N 27°43′48″E / 42.65611000°N 27.73000°E / 42.65611000; 27.73000 (Ancient City of Nessebar)
Ancient part of town, situated on a peninsula (previously an island). 217 Bulgaria-Nesebar-04.JPG
1979 Boyana Church[6] Boyana quarter of Sofia
42°39′0″N 23°16′0″E / 42.65000°N 23.26667°E / 42.65000; 23.26667 (Boyana Church)
A medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church 42 Boyana church whitened.jpg
1979 Madara Rider[7] East of Shumen in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of Madara
43°18′0″N 27°9′0″E / 43.30000°N 27.15000°E / 43.30000; 27.15000 (Madara Rider)
An early medieval large rock relief carved on the Madara Plateau 43 Madara rider Izvora.jpg
1983 Rila Monastery[8] Northwestern Rila Mountains, south of Sofia
42°7′0″N 23°24′0″E / 42.11667°N 23.40000°E / 42.11667; 23.40000 (Rila Monastery)
Medieval monastery, one of the region's most significant cultural, historical and architectural monuments 216 A 1157889869 rm7.jpg
1979 Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo[9] Village of Ivanovo, south of Ruse on the Danube.
43°43′0″N 25°58′0″E / 43.71667°N 25.96667°E / 43.71667; 25.96667 (Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo)
Monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock 45 Basarbovo Monastery S.jpg
1979 Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak[10] Near the town of Kazanlak, central Bulgaria
42°37′0″N 25°24′0″E / 42.61667°N 25.40000°E / 42.61667; 25.40000 (Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak)
Ancient tomb, part of a large Thracian necropolis 44 Kazanlak-tomb-fresco-2.jpg
1985 Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari[11] Village of Sveshtari, near Razgrad in northeast Bulgaria
43°40′0.012″N 26°40′0.012″E / 43.66667000°N 26.66667000°E / 43.66667000; 26.66667000 (Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari)
A Thracian tomb dating back to 3rd century BC 359 Tomb sveshtari2-1-.jpg

Natural[change | change source]

Year Property Location Description WHS i.d. no. Photo
1983 Pirin National Park[12] Pirin Mountains in the southwest of Bulgaria
41°40′0″N 23°30′0″E / 41.66667°N 23.50000°E / 41.66667; 23.50000 (Pirin National Park)
Natural reserve 225 Todorka peak red.jpg
1983 Srebarna Nature Reserve[13] Just south of the Danube river, Southern Dobruja in northeast Bulgaria
44°6′51.984″N 27°4′41.016″E / 44.11444000°N 27.07806000°E / 44.11444000; 27.07806000 (Srebarna Nature Reserve)
A nature reserve and lake on the Via Pontica bird migration route 219 Srebarna-Lake.jpg

Tentative list[change | change source]

The Tentative List consists of sites which have been nominated. The evaluation process is not yet completed.

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. UNESCO, "Constitution"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  2. UNESCO, "States Parties: Ratification Status"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  3. WHS is an acronym. WHS stands for "World Heritage Site".
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 UNESCO, "Bulgaria"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  5. UNESCO, "Ancient City of Nessebar"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  6. UNESCO, "Boyana Church"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  7. UNESCO, "Madara Rider"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  8. UNESCO, "Rila Monastery"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  9. UNESCO, "Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  10. UNESCO, "Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  11. UNESCO, "Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  12. UNESCO, "Pirin National Park"; retrieved 2012-7-18.
  13. UNESCO, "Srebarna Nature Reserve"; retrieved 2012-7-18.

Other websites[change | change source]

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