Subterranean World Heritage List


The World Heritage List ist well known. Nearly 700 manmade and natural sights all over the world are protected by an international treaty, which 52 countries have signed until now. Several of these sights are underground, and we will try to write some comments on each of them. 41 of the existing World Heritage sites contain karst, most of them are in temperate regions.


Country Year Location
Argentina 1999  Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
Australia 1987  Uluru
1994  Victoria Fossil Cave
Belgium 2000  Les minières de silex néolithique de Spiennes
Bolivia 1987  Potosi Cooperative Mines |
Bulgaria 1979  Kazanluk Tomb
1979  Ivanovo Rock Churches
1985  Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
China 1987  Zhoukoudian
1994  DunHuang Mogao Caves
2000  Longmen Grottoes
2001  Yungang Grottoes
Colombia 1995  Tierradentro Rock Tombs
Croatia 1979  Plitvice Lakes National Park
Czech Republic 1992  Grafitový dul Český Krumlov
1995  Muzeum s Stredveké Dulni Dilo
France 1979 Decorated caves of the Vézère Valley (especially  Lascaux cave)
Germany 1978  Kulturbunker Barbarastollen
1992  Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar
Great Britain 1986  Ironbridge Gorge Mining Museum
1999  Maeshowe
Hungary 1995 Caves of the  Aggtelek Karst
India 1983  Ajanta Caves
1983  Ellora Caves
1987  Elephanta Caves
Japan 2007  Iwami Ginzan
Jordan 1985  Petra
Luxembourg 1994 City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications
 Les casemates du Bock |  Les Drois Glands |  Les casemates de la Pétrusse
Madagascar 1990  Tsingy de Bemaraha
Malta 1980  Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
México 1988  Valenciana Mines
Norway 1980  Olavsgruva Røros
The Philippines 1999  St Paul Subterranean River National Park
Poland 1978  Wieliczka Salt Mine
Slovak Republic 1993  Banská Štiavnica
1995  Slovensky Kras
2000  Dobšinská L'adová Jaskyna
Slovenia 1988  Škocjan Caves
South Africa 1999  Sterkfontein Caves
South Korea 1995  Seokguram Grotto
Spain 1985  Altamira Cave
1999  Puig des Molins Nekropolis
Ukraine 1994
Turkey 1985  Cappadocia and the Rock Sites of  Göreme National Park
United Kingdom 1986  Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
United States of America 1978  Mesa Verde
1979  Grand Canyon
1981  Mammoth Cave National Park
1987 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with  Thurston Lava Tube
1995  Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Vietnam 1994  Ha Long Bay
2003  Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: |  Phong Nha Cave |  Dong Tien Son
Zimbabwe 2003  Inanke Cave

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