About 2022-23 New UNESCO WHS nomination and postcards

This coming September is exciting for collectors of UNESCO WHS as there will be new UNESCO WHS inscribed. It is not too early to check if you already have postcards of below possible sites. Or start buying postcards of these sites to exchange with other collectors later.

Feel free to share your “New UNESCO WHS” postcards that you already have here.

Source: UNESCO WHS official page:
Extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia10-25 September 2023

The nominated list to be decided are below

Source: Forum World Heritage Site:
Below is a list of additional information provided by members of this group.

WHC 2022 & 2023
57 nominations -->53 nominations, including 7 deferrals/referrals from earlier years and 6 extensions/boundarymods

Africa (6)

  • Koutammakou, the land of the Batammariba [extension] (Benin) → Referral
  • Odzala-Kokoua Forest Massif (Congo) → Deferral
  • The Gedeo Cultural landscape (Ethiopia) → Inscribe
  • Bale Mountains National Park (Ethiopia) → Inscribe
  • The Dry Forests of Andrefana [extension] (Madagascar) → Ext approved
  • Nyungwe National Park (Rwanda) → Referral

Arab States (5)

  • Rachid Karami International Fair-Tripoli (Lebanon) *Emergency nomination ALREADY INSCRIBED
  • Aire du Dragonnier Ajgal (Morocco) → Withdrawn
  • Ancient Jericho/ Tell es-Sultan (Palestine) → Inscribe
  • Island of Djerba (Tunisia) ->Referral
  • Landmarks of the Ancient Kingdom of Saba in Marib Governorate (Yemen) *Emergency nomination Already inscribed

Asia-Pacific (20)

  • Koh Ker: Archaeological Site of Ancient Lingapura or Chok Gargyar (Cambodia) → Inscribe
  • Badain Jaran Desert - Towers of Sand and Lakes (China) → postponed to 2024
  • Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of the Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er (China) → Inscribe
  • Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China [Phase II] (China) → postponed to 2024
  • Mt. Kumgang – Diamond Mountain from the Sea (DPRK) → postponed to 2024
  • Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala (India) → Referral
  • Santiniketan (India) → Inscribe
  • The Cosmological Axis of Yogyakarta and its Historic Landmarks (Indonesia) → Inscribe
  • The Historical City of Masouleh (Iran) → Rejected
  • The Persian Caravanserai (Iran) → Referral
  • Cold Winter Deserts of Turan (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) → Inscribe
  • Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (Mongolia) → Inscribe
  • Highlands of the Mongolian Altai (Mongolia) → Deferral
  • Ancient Port of Banbhore (Pakistan) → NOT AMONG THE NOMINATIONS (dossier was deemed incomplete in 2022)
  • Gaya Tumuli (Republic of Korea) → Inscribe
  • Tugai Forests of the Tigrovaya Balka Reserve (Tajikistan) → Inscribe
  • Silk Roads: Zarafshan-Karakum Corridor (Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) → Inscribe
  • Si Thep Historical Park (Thailand) → Inscribe
  • Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago [extension] (Vietnam) → Deferral

Europe & North America (22) -1

  • Hyrcanian Forests [extension] (Azerbaijan, Iran) → Extension approved
  • Anticosti Island (Canada) → Inscribe
  • Tr’ondëk-Klondike (Canada) → Inscribe
  • Žatec and the Landscape of Saaz Hops (Czechia) → Inscribe
  • Viking-Age Ring Fortresses (Denmark) - Inscribe
  • Maison Carrée de Nîmes (France) - Inscribe
  • Volcanoes and Forests of Mount Pelée and peaks in Northern Martinique (France) *Located in the Caribbean - Deferral
  • Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (Germany) - Not to inscribe
  • Jewish-Medieval Heritage of Erfurt (Germany) - Inscribe
  • Zagorochoria – North Pindos National Park (Greece) - Deferral
  • Karst in the Evaporites and Caves of the Northern Apennines (Italy) - Referral
  • The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (Italy) - Withdrawn
  • Kuldīga / Goldingen in Courland (Latvia) - Inscribe
  • Modernist Kaunas: Architecture of Optimism, 1919-1939 (Lithuania) - Deferral
  • Eise Eisinga Planetarium (Netherlands) - Inscribe
  • The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Head Office and Garden (Portugal) - Deferral
  • Astronomical Observatories of Kazan Federal University (Russia) - Deferral
  • Historic Center of Gorokhovets (Russia) - Deferral
  • Talayotic Menorca - A Cyclopean Island Odyssey (Spain) - Inscribe
  • Gordion (Turkey) - Inscribe
  • Historic Center of the Port City of Odesa (Ukraine) *Emergency nomination Already inscribed
  • Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks (USA) - Inscribe

Latin America & Caribbean (4) +1

  • ESMA Site Museum - Former Clandestine Centre of Detention, Torture, and Extermination (Argentina) - (evaluation docs later)
  • Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (Brazil) - NOT AMONG THE NOMINATIONS
  • National Archaeological Park Tak’alik Ab’aj (Guatemala) - Referral
  • Jodensavanne and the Cassipora Creek (Suriname) - Inscribe

I collect postcards of Tentative List so that I hope some of them will become UNESCO World Heritage site one day. Whenever possible, I collect postcards sent to me written stamped from country of origin - if it can be mailed from location of UNESCO WH site, that will be even better.

So checking my current collection, I have these below :grinning:

(Work in progress)

  1. Rwanda - Nyungwe National Park

  2. Cambodia - Kor Kher - bought these postcards when I was visiting Cambodia.

  1. Latvia - Kuldiga

  2. Netherlands - Eise Eisinga

  3. Canada - Trondek Klondike

  4. Lithuania - Kaunas

  5. USA - Hopewell - I only have a blank postcard.

  6. India - Hoysala. My postcard of Belur.


This should be the postcard for The Cosmological Axis of Yogyakarta and its Historic Landmarks


I really like your Koh Ker postcards! I was in Cambodia this past February and visited the site but unlike the other 3 times I have visited the country, did not come across any good postcards anywhere but the airport (and none from this site specifically).

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If I’m not mistaken, I only have:


More from current postcard collection. Just sharing the potential new UNESCO WHS…

  1. Czechia - Žatec and the Landscape of Saaz Hops

  2. France - Martinique - Volcanoes and Forests of Mount Pelée and the Pitons of Northern Martinique

  3. France-Belgium - Funerary and memory sites of the First World War (Western Front)

France only

  1. Indonesia - The Cosmological Axis of Yogyakarta and its Historic Landmarks

Blank postcard

  1. France - The Maison Carrée of Nîmes


Just announced: The Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s the oldest working planetarium in the world. :tada: :netherlands:


Congratulations to Netherlands!!

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