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The Wanderlust Wonderlist: World Heritage Sites in Northern and Central Asia (As Seen By The Community)

While the Northern and Central part of Asia may seem to look a bit worse for wear, that doesn't mean that it does not have its share of magnificent Heritage Sites! Check it out in today’s edition of the Wanderlust Wonderlist.

Golden Mountains of Altai

Location: Altai Republic, Russian Federation
Date of Induction: 1998

“The Altai mountains in southern Siberia form the major mountain range in the western Siberia biogeographic region and provide the source of its greatest rivers – the Ob and the Irtysh. […] The region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation. The site is also an important habitat for endangered animal species such as the snow leopard.”

Lake Baikal

Location: Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation
Date of Induction: 1996

“Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the ‘Galapagos of Russia’, its age and isolation have produced one of the world’s richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science.”

Historic Centre of Bukhara

Location: Bukhara region, Uzbekistan
Date of Induction: 1993

“Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming wonderlists about the World Heritage Sites! In the meantime, you can read more about them in the official UNESCO World Heritage Committee website.

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written by geegraphy

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    Goooooo Bukhara!!! :D

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