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Ukrainian, Iranian Sites Granted UNESCO World Heritage Status


Iran's Golestan Palace is one of several sites that UNESCO has added to its World Heritage list. (file photo)

Iran's Golestan Palace is one of several sites that UNESCO has added to its World Heritage list. (file photo)

The ancient city of Tauric Chersonese in Ukraine's Black Sea region has been granted World Heritage status by the UN cultural agency UNESCO.

UNESCO made the announcement on June 23 at its annual meeting in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

Tauric Chersonese was a port city founded by Greeks in the 5th century BC.

It subsequently became a center of wine production.

UNESCO also bestowed World Heritage status on the city of Kaesong in North Korea, the Golestan Palace in Tehran, a group of villas built in Italy by the powerful Medici family, and the Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in the German city of Kassel.

Earlier this week, UNESCO bestowed the status on Japan's Mount Fuji and Italy's Mount Etna, the hill forts of Rajasthan in India, and the Namib Sand Sea in southern Africa.


Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and AP
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