Two new Judean sites added to the 2014 UNESCO World Heritage List

The 38th session of the World Heritage Committee, which was held in Doha, Qatar, from 15 to 25 June 2014, added two Judean sites to the World Heritage List: the caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin, as well as the cultural landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir. The former, discovered below the ancient towns of Maresha and Bet Guvrin, is a series of man-made caves with multipurpose chambers and networks. The latter is comprised of farmed valleys with distinctive stone terraces, sometimes used for irrigation, sometimes for planting grape vines and olive trees.

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Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin ©T. Tsuk

Palestine : terre des oliviers et des vignes – Paysage culturel du sud de Jérusalem, Battir

Cultural landscape of Battir ©CCPH