Eight new sites, from the Straits of Malacca (Melaka), to Papua New Guinea and San Marino, added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgnization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List.
The World Heritage Committee meeting in Quebec City has added the new cultural sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List on the morning of the 7 July. UNESCO said in a statement that with these inscriptions, Papua New Guinea and San Marino enter the World Heritage List for the first time.
Melaka and George Town, historic sites of the Straits of Malacca.
Melaka and George Town have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multiultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible.
With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the ealy 16th century.
Featuring residential and commercial buildings, George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th century.
UNESCO said that these two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.