List of World Heritage Sites in Israel

This is a list of World Heritage Sites in Israel with properties of cultural and natural heritage in Israel as inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List or as on the country's tentative list.

The list includes nine sites in Israel proper, and one site in disputed East Jerusalem. UNESCO does not list the East Jerusalem site as being in any country, pending final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians; it is also listed as a World Heritage site in Danger.

World Heritage SitesEdit

The table is sortable by column by clicking on the   at the top of the appropriate column; alphanumerically for the site, area, and year columns; by state party for the location column; and by criteria type for the criteria column. Transborder sites sort at the bottom.
Site; named after the World Heritage Committee's official designation[1]
Location; at city, regional, or provincial level and geocoordinates
Criteria; as defined by the World Heritage Committee[2]
Area; in hectares and acres. If available, the size of the buffer zone has been noted as well. A value of zero implies that no data has been published by UNESCO
Year; during which the site was inscribed to the World Heritage List
Description; brief information about the site, including reasons for qualifying as an endangered site, if applicable

World heritage sites located in IsraelEdit

Site Image Location Criteria Area
ha (acre)
Year Description Refs
Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee   Haifa and North District
32°49′46″N 34°58′18″E / 32.82944°N 34.97167°E / 32.82944; 34.97167 (Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee)
Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
63 (160); buffer zone 255 (630) 2008 [3]
Biblical TelsMegiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba     Israel
32°35′50″N 35°10′56″E / 32.59722°N 35.18222°E / 32.59722; 35.18222 (Biblical Tels–Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
96 (240); buffer zone 604 (1,490) 2005 [4]
Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev   Negev
30°32′28″N 35°9′39″E / 30.54111°N 35.16083°E / 30.54111; 35.16083 (Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev)
Cultural:
(iii)(v)
2005 [5]
Masada   South District
31°18′49″N 35°21′10″E / 31.31361°N 35.35278°E / 31.31361; 35.35278 (Masada)
Cultural:
(iii)(iv)(vi)
276 (680); buffer zone 28,965 (71,570) 2001 [6]
Old City of Acre   Western Galilee
32°55′42″N 35°5′2″E / 32.92833°N 35.08389°E / 32.92833; 35.08389 (Old City of Acre)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(v)
63 (160) 2001 [7]
White City of Tel-Aviv—the Modern Movement   Tel Aviv
32°4′0″N 34°47′0″E / 32.06667°N 34.78333°E / 32.06667; 34.78333 (White City of Tel-Aviv – the Modern Movement)
Cultural:
(ii)(iv)
140 (350); buffer zone 197 (490) 2003 [8]
Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves   Mount Carmel
32°40′12″N 34°57′55″E / 32.67000°N 34.96528°E / 32.67000; 34.96528 (Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves)
Cultural:
(iii)(v)
54 (130); buffer zone 370 (910) 2012 [9]
Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves   Southern District,   Israel
31°36′0″N 34°53′44″E / 31.60000°N 34.89556°E / 31.60000; 34.89556 (Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin)
Cultural:
(v)
259 (640) 2014 [10]
Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal   Haifa District,   Israel
32°42′8″N 35°7′37″E / 32.70222°N 35.12694°E / 32.70222; 35.12694 (Necropolis of Bet She’arim)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)
12 (30); buffer zone 64 (160) 2015 [11]

World heritage sites located in East JerusalemEdit

Site Image Location Criteria Area
ha (acre)
Year Description Refs
Old City and Walls of Jerusalem  
 
Jerusalem
31°46′36″N 35°14′03″E / 31.77667°N 35.23417°E / 31.77667; 35.23417 (The Old City of Jerusalem)
Cultural:
(ii), (iii), (vi)
1981 [12]

List of properties in the tentative listEdit

In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage List are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list.[13] As of 2015, Israel recorded 18 sites on its tentative list. The sites, along with the year they were included on the tentative list are:[14]

Site Image Location Criteria Year
Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan   Northern District Mixed:
(iv)(vi)(vii)(x)
2000
Early Synagogues in the Galilee   Northern District Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
2000
The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles   Northern District Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
2000
Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites   Northern District Mixed 2000
Horvat Minnim   Northern District Cultural:
(iv)
2000
Arbel (Arbel, Nebe Shueb, Horns of Hittim)   Northern District Mixed 2000
Degania & Nahalal   Northern District Cultural:
(v)(vi)
2000
Bet She'an   Northern District Cultural:
(ii)(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
Caesarea   Haifa District Cultural:
(ii)(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
White Mosque in Ramle   Central District Cultural:
(ii)(iv)
2000
Jerusalem (extension)   Jerusalem District Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
Mount Karkom Southern District Cultural:
(iii)(v)
2000
Timna   Southern District Mixed 2000
The Crusader Fortresses   Various districts Cultural:
(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
Makhteshim Country   Southern District Mixed 2001
The Great Rift Valley – migratory routes – The Hula   Northern District Natural 2004
Liftah (Mey Naftoah) – Traditional mountain village   Jerusalem District Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(v)
2015
Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape   Jerusalem District Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(v)(vi)
2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  2. ^ "The Criteria for Selection". UNESCO. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Bahá'i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  4. ^ "Biblical Tels–Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  5. ^ "Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  6. ^ "Masada". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  7. ^ "Old City of Acre". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  8. ^ "White City of Tel-Aviv – the Modern Movement". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 Aug 2011.
  9. ^ "Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me'arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves". UNESCO. Retrieved 16 Jul 2012.
  10. ^ "Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves". UNESCO. Retrieved 3 Aug 2015.
  11. ^ "Necropolis of Bet She'arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal". UNESCO. Retrieved 3 Aug 2015.
  12. ^ "Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls". UNESCO. Retrieved 26 Nov 2012.
  13. ^ "Tentative Lists". UNESCO. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  14. ^ UNESCO Official page for Tentative list

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