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 CaveCueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
Australia 1987 CaveUluru
1994 ShowcaveVictoria Fossil Cave
Belgium 2000 MineLes minières de silex néolithique de Spiennes
Bolivia 1987 MinePotosi Cooperative Mines
Bulgaria 1979 MiscKazanluk Tomb
1979 MiscIvanovo Rock Churches
1985 MiscThracian Tomb of Sveshtari
China 1987 ShowcaveZhoukoudian
1994 MiscDunHuang Mogao Caves
2000 MiscLongmen Grottoes
2001 MiscYungang Grottoes
Colombia 1995 MiscTierradentro Rock Tombs
Croatia 1979 KarstPlitvice Lakes National Park
Czech Republic 1992 MineGrafitový dul Český Krumlov
1995 MineMuzeum s Stredveké Dulni Dilo
France 1979 Decorated caves of the RegionVézère Valley (especially ShowcaveLascaux cave)
Germany 1978 MiscKulturbunker Barbarastollen
1992 MineMines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar
2018 Archaeologic sites and caves of the RegionBlau valley and RegionLone valley
Great Britain 1986 MineIronbridge Gorge Mining Museum
1999 MiscMaeshowe
Hungary 1995 Caves of the RegionAggtelek Karst
India 1983 MiscAjanta Caves
1983 MiscEllora Caves
1987 MiscElephanta Caves
Japan 2007 MineIwami Ginzan
Jordan 1985 ShowcavePetra
Luxembourg 1994 City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications
MiscLes casemates du Bock MiscLes Drois Glands MiscLes casemates de la Pétrusse
Madagascar 1990 KarstTsingy de Bemaraha
Malta 1980 MiscHal Saflieni Hypogeum
México 1988 MineValenciana Mines
Norway 1980 MineOlavsgruva Røros
The Philippines 1999 CaveSt Paul Subterranean River National Park
Poland 1978 MineWieliczka Salt Mine
Slovak Republic 1993 MineBanská Štiavnica
1995 RegionSlovensky Kras
2000 ShowcaveDobšinská L'adová Jaskyna
Slovenia 1988 ShowcaveŠkocjan Caves
South Africa 1999 ShowcaveSterkfontein Caves
South Korea 1995 MiscSeokguram Grotto
Spain 1985 ShowcaveAltamira Cave
1999 MiscPuig des Molins Nekropolis
Ukraine 1994
Turkey 1985 MiscCappadocia and the Rock Sites of MiscGöreme National Park
United Kingdom 1986 CaveGiant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
United States of America 1978 MiscMesa Verde
1979 GorgeGrand Canyon
1981 ShowcaveMammoth Cave National Park
1987 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with ShowcaveThurston Lava Tube
1995 ShowcaveCarlsbad Caverns National Park
Vietnam 1994 RegionHa Long Bay
2003 RegionPhong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: ShowcavePhong Nha Cave ShowcaveDong Tien Son
Zimbabwe 2003 CaveInanke Cave