Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

Brief description

The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, represent examples of on-going post-glacial biological and ecological evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and are indispensable to understanding the spread of the beech (Fagus sylvatica) in the Northern Hemisphere across a variety of environments. The new inscription represents the addition of five forests totaling 4,391 hectares that are added to the 29,278 hectares of Slovakian and Ukranian beech forests inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2007.

In 2017, the site was extended still further, and the name became Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe. It now stretches over 12 countries, and the citation reads: This transboundary extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine) stretches over 12 countries. Since the end of the last Ice Age, European beech spread from a few isolated refuges in the Alps, Carpathians, Mediterranean and Pyrenees over a short period of a few thousand years in a process that is still ongoing. This successful expansion is related to the tree’s flexibility and tolerance of different climatic, geographical and physical conditions.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1133

I have never visited this site (at least I don’t think so, it does cover  huge area now!).

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Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

Brief description

Two rare examples of architecture from the Ottoman period. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.

Unesco WHS list ref:  569

I’ve never visited Albania.

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Gjirokastra

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Butrint

Brief description

An archaeological site which contains ruins representing each period in the city’s development (on a site inhabited since prehistoric times).

Unesco WHS list ref:  570

I’ve never visited Albania.

From my collection

Butrint

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I have a couple of spare cards from this site – will scan and add later.