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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Srebarna Nature Reserve

Brief description

The Srebarna Nature Reserve is a freshwater lake adjacent to the Danube and extending over 600 ha. It is the breeding ground of almost 100 species of birds, including the Dalmatian pelican, great egret, night heron, purple heron, glossy ibis and white spoonbill.

Unesco WHS list ref:  219

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I have a multiview card with all the Bulgarian sites, which includes Srebarna, but no single card [will scan the multiview at some point….]

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Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

Brief description

Discovered in 1982 near the village of Sveshtari, this 3rd-century BC Thracian tomb reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings. The tomb has a unique architectural decor, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals.

Unesco WHS list ref:  359

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Ancient City of Nessebar

Brief description

The site of Nessebar is more than 3,000 years old. The city’s remains include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea.

Unesco WHS list ref:  217

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