Wednesday, November 26, 2014


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Sites In Tatarstan, Belarus Inscribed On UNESCO World Heritage List

By RFE/RL
The ancient city of Bolgar in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, while a transboundary forest site in Belarus and Poland has been extended.

The inscriptions came on June 23 at the ongoing 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar.

Seven other sites in China, Costa Rica, Germany, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, and Denmark were also included.

The Bolgar site in Tatarstan was an early settlement of the civilization of Volga-Bolgars that existed between the 7th and 15th centuries. It was the first capital of the Golden Horde in the 13th century.

The Belovezhskaya Pushcha Forest is an immense range of primary forest that was first inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979. The committee reduced the inscribed site on the Belarusian side and extended the Polish section.

It is home to a large population of European bison.

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