First inscriptions

WHS that were the first to be inscribed from their country.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Aachen Cathedral Germany 1978
Aapravasi Ghat Mauritius 2006
Air and Téneré Niger 1991
Al Ain UAE 2011
Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad Algeria 1980
Al Zubarah Qatar (2013)
Al-Hijr Saudi Arabia 2008
Aldabra Atoll Seychelles 1982
Ancient Merv Turkmenistan 1999
Angkor Cambodia 1992
Antigua Naval Dockyard Antigua & Barbuda 2016
Asmara Eritrea (2017)
Bahla Fort Oman 1987
Banc d'Arguin Mauritania 1989
Belize Barrier Reef Belize 1996
Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest Belarus 1992
Bethlehem Palestine 2012
Bikini Atoll Marshall Islands 2010
Blue and John Crow Mountains Jamaica 2015
Bridgetown Barbados 2011
Brimstone Hill Fortress St. Kitts and Nevis 1999
Brú na Bóinne Ireland 1993
Butrint Albania 1992
Cartagena Colombia 1984
Central Suriname Nature Reserve Suriname 2000
Chief Roi Mata's Domain Vanuatu 2008
Cidade Velha Cabo Verde 2009
City of Luxembourg Luxemburg 1994
Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay 1995
Copan Honduras 1980
Coro and its Port Venezuela 1993
Damascus Syria 1979
Danube Delta Romania 1991
Dja Faunal Reserve Cameroon 1987
Drottningholm Sweden 1991
Durmitor National Park 1980 Montenegro (then Yugoslavia)
East Rennell Solomon Islands 1998
Forts and Castles Gold Coast Ghana 1979
Galapagos Islands Ecuador - 1978 (Quito was also inscribed at the same session, however Galapagos got reference number 1)
Gebel Barkal Sudan 2003
Haghpat and Sanahin Armenia 1996
Hatra Iraq 1985
Hué Vietnam 1993
Island of Gorée Senegal 1978
Island of Mozambique Mozambique 1991
Itchan Kala Uzbekistan 1990
Jelling Denmark 1994
Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus Paraguay 1993
Joya de Ceren El Salvador 1993
Koguryo Tombs North Korea 2004
Kotor Montenegro 1979 (then Yugoslavia)
Koutammakou Togo 2004
Kuk PNG 2008
Kunta Kinteh Island Gambia 2003
Kyiv Ukaine 1990
Lake Malawi Malawi 1984
Lakes of Ounianga Chad 2012
Levuka (2013)
Lopé-Okanda Gabon 2007
Los Glaciares Argentina 1981
Luang Prabang Laos 1995
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley Andorra 2004
Maloti Drakensberg Lesotho 2013
Mana Pools Zimbabwe 1984
Manovo-Gounda St. Floris CAR 1988
Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Kazakhstan 2003
Mbanza Kongo Angola (2017)
Medina of Fez Morocco 1981
Mexico City and Xochimilco Mexico (1987).
Minaret of Jam Afghanistan 2002
Morne Trois Pitons Dominica 1997
Mostar Bosnia 2005
Mount Nimba Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea 1984
Nan Madol Federated States of Micronesia (2016)
National History Park Haiti 1982
Ngorongoro Tanzania 1979 (as a natural site)
Ohrid Region 1979 Macedonia (then Yugoslavia)
Old City of Acre Israel 2001 (occupying the Old City of Jerusalem inscribed 1981)
Old Havana Cuba 1982
Ouro Preto Brazil 1980
Panamá Panama 1980
Paphos Cyprus 1980
Phoenix Islands Kiribati 2010
Pitons Management Area St. Lucia 2004
Potosi Bolivia 1987
Pyu Ancient Cities Myanmar (2014)
Qal'at al-Bahrain Bahrain 2005
Rapa Nui Chile 1995
Riga Latvia 1997
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica Italy 1979
Rock Islands Palau 2012
Rome Holy See 1980 (together with Italy)
Royal Palaces of Abomey Benin 1985
Ruins of León Viejo Nicaragua 2000
Ruins of Loropéni Burkina Faso 2009
San Marino and Mount Titano San Marino 2008
Sangha Trinational Congo (2012)
Santo Domingo Dom. Rep. 1990
Sarazm Tajikistan 2010
Schokland Netherlands 1995
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple South Korea 1995 (Soon afterwards Haeinsa Temple and Jongmyo Shrine were inscribed)
Shibam Yemen 1982
Singapore Botanic Gardens Singapore (2015)
Skocjan Caves Slovenia 1988 (then Yugoslavia)
Stari Ras and Sopocani Serbia (then Yugoslavia)
Struve Geodetic Arc Moldova 2005 (with many other countries)
Sukur Nigeria 1999
Sulaiman-Too Kyrgyzstan 2009
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves Costa Rica 1983
Tallinn Estonia 1997
Te Wahipounamu NZ 1986
Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae Greece 1986
Thingvellir Iceland 2004
Tsingy de Bemaraha Madagascar 1990
Tsodilo Botswana 2001
Uvs Nuur Basin Mongolia 2003 (with Russia)
Victoria Falls Zambia 1989 (with Zimbabwe)
Vilnius Lithuania 1994
Virunga National Park DR Congo 1979
Walled City of Baku Azerbaijan 2000


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