Name changes

Name changes of WHS during the "UNESCO related" life of the site (ie in the run up to inscription and thereafter).

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Abbey of St Gall From Convent to Abbey (2013)
Ancient Kingdom of Saba Upon nomination, was on T List as “The Archaeological Site of Marib” + upon inscription where it was named "Landmarks of the Ancient Kingdom of Saba in Marib Governorate"
Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites Addition of "of Burkina Faso" to the name upon inscription
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque From "Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, Renaissance Hydraulic Complex in America" to "Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System" at inscription
Archaeological Site of Aigai From "Archaeological Site of Vergina" to "Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)" (2007)
As-Salt From "The Old City of As-Salt" over "As-Salt Eclectic Architecture (1865-1925), Origins and Evolution of an Architectural Language in the Levant" to the current name. (AB Ev)
Asmara 2018
Auschwitz Birkenau From "Auschwitz Concentration Camp" to "Auschwitz Birkenau. German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)" (2007)
Avignon From "Historic Centre of Avignon" to "Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge" (2006)
Ayutthaya From "Historic City of Ayutthaya and associated historic towns" to "Historic City of Ayutthaya". Done in 2006, to correct an error at inscription.
Banska Stiavnica Technical Monuments in its Vicinity added 2006
Belfries From "The Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia" to "Belfries of Belgium and France" (2005)
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe Upon inscription: "In response to ICOMOS’ request, the State Party has agreed to change the name of the nominated property to become: “Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe”."
Biblical Tells From "The Biblical Tels and Ancient Water Systems - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba" to " "The Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba". Following Israel's decision during evaluation not to pursue the OUV aspects related to the Water Systems
Biblical Tells Upon inscription, to reflect new focus: from "The Biblical Tells and Ancient Water Systems -- Megiddo, Hazor and Beer Sheba" to "Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba"
Blue and John Crow Mountains from Blue and Jhon Crow Mountains NP to Blue and John Crow Mountains to reflect removal of large parts of the NP to the buffer zone
Brú na Bóinne "Brú na Bóinne -" added (2013)
Budapest the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue added (2003)
Burgundy To 'The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy' (adding the 'The')
Calakmul From "Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche" to "Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche" (2014)
Centennial Hall "Centennial Hall in Wroclaw" was originally nominated as "Centennial Hall in Wroclaw (Poland)" but in its evaluation ICOMOS recommended a name change!
Central Amazon Conservation Complex From Jaú National Park (2003)
Chaco Culture From "Chaco Culture National Historical Park" to "Chaco Culture" (2006)
Champagne Name in French changed to 'Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne'.
Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex From "Chankillo Solar Observatory and ceremonial center" to “Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex” upon inscription (on the advice of ICOMOS).
Chitwan National Park from Royal Park of Chitwan (2011)
Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture Upon inscription: from Monuments of Ancient Pskov to Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture
Coro and its Port On inscription, from "Coro and its dunes" to "Coro and its Port"
Deer Stone Monuments It was on the T List as "Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture" - changed at final nomination at suggestion of ICOMOS
Dutch Water Defence Lines From "Defence Line of Amsterdam" to "Dutch Water Defence Lines" (2021)
Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs cemetery changed to necropolis (2003)
Eisinga Planetarium Upon inscription, at the suggestion of ICOMOS: from "Koninklijk Eise Eisinga Planetarium (Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium)" to "Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker"
Epidaurus Sanctuary of Asklepios added to the name 2007
Ferrara First, from "Ferrara: a city of Renaissance and of walls permanent system" to "Ferrara, city of the Renaissance". (1995 AB Ev) Then, with the extension in 1999, from "City of Ferrara" to "Ferrara, City of the Renaissance and its Po Delta".
Fossil Hominid Sites From "The Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and Environs" - to "Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa" (2013)
Fraser Island From "Fraser Island" to "K’gari (Fraser Island)"
Fujisan At time of inscription, "..Amplifying the name of the property to allow it to reflect its sacred and artistic associations."
Gammelstad 2014: to change "Village of Gammelstad" into "Town of Gammelstad"
Golden Mountains of Altai The Nomination file title is "Sources of the Great Ob". IUCN however evaluated it under its inscribed name
Gondwana Rainforests From "Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (Australia)" to "Gondwana Rainforests of Australia" (2007)
Gorham's Cave Complex Proposed as "Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments", but changed at the WHC to "Gorham's Cave Complex" after complaints by Spain.
Great Spa Towns of Europe Upon inscription from "Great Spas of Europe" to "The Great Spa Towns of Europe"
Grimeton Radio Station 2014: to change from Varberg Radio Station to Grimeton Radio Station, Varberg
Guimarães Upon extension: from "Historic Centre of Guimarães" to "Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone"
Gulf of Porto Two times: in 1996 to add "...and the Piana Calanches", and in 2006 from "Cape Girolata, Cape Porto, Scandola Nature Reserve and the Piana Calanches in Corsica" to "Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve"
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum 2014: to replace the H with the Maltese Ħ
Hattusha From "Hattusha" to "Hattusha: the Hittite Capital" (2006)
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump From "Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Complex" to "Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump" (2000)
Hegra From "Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)" to "Hegra Archaeological Site (al-Hijr / Madā ͐ in Ṣāliḥ)" (2021)
Himā Cultural area Upon inscription, on suggestion by ICOMOS: from "Cultural Rock Arts in Himã Najrãn " to "Ḥimā Cultural area"
Historic Cairo Changed in 2007 from "Islamic Cairo" to "Historic Cairo"
Holasovice From "Holašovice Historical Village Reservation" to "Holašovice Historic Village"
Hollókö Old village and surroundings added (2003)
Hortobágy Puszta added (2003)
Jewish-Medieval heritage of Erfurt It lost the epic subtitle "Testimonies of every day life, religion and town history between change and continuity" during the transition from TWHS to nominated site.
Kraków 2013: From "Cracow’s Historic Centre" to "Historic Centre of Kraków".
Kunta Kinteh Island From "James Island" (2011)
Kyiv Cathedral and Lavra 2019 - changed from Kiev in Russian to Kyiv in Ukrainian
La Fortaleza and San Juan From "La Fortaleza and San Juan Historic Site in Puerto Rico" to "La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico" (2006)
Land of Frankincense Frankincense Trail changed to the Land of Frankincense (2005)
Laponian Area At inscription, its name was changed from "The Lapponian Area" to "The Laponian Area"
Los Glaciares From "Los Glaciares" to "Los Glaciares National Park" (2012)
Macao Upon inscription (2005), on the advice of ICOMOS: from "Historic Monuments of Macao" to "Historic Centre of Macao".
Makli, Thatta Makli added to the name in 2009
Matera From "I Sassi di Matera" to "The Sassi and the park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera" (2007)
Mazagan Was proposed in 2002 as "Portuguese City of El Jadida (Mazagan)", then deferred at the Bureau session and suggested to change its name to "Portuguese City of Mazagan" (El Jadida) (under which it was finally inscribed in 2004)
Medici Villas and Gardens Name was changed at the time of inscription from the original "Medici Villas and Gardens" in order to avoid confusion with Medici villas/gardens elsewhere in Italy
Megalithic Temples of Malta From "Temples of Ggantija" to "The Megalithic Temples of Malta" (1992)
Meidan Emam, Esfahan Inscribed in October 1979 as "Meidan e-Shah". All references to the Shah were removed in Iran soon after the Shah departed in Jan 1979.
Mesa Verde National Park added 2006
Miguasha National Park national added (2004)
Mtskheta city museum reserve changed to historical monuments (2005)
Mystras archaeological site added to the name 2007
Nalanda 2018
Nasca Lines 2016 - from 'Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana' to 'Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa'
Nice From "Nice, capital of Riviera tourism" to "Nice, Winter Resort Town of the Riviera" upon inscription (as suggested by ICOMOS)
Odesa Upon inscription and as suggested by ICOMOS: from "The historic center of the port city of Odesa" to "The Historic Centre of Odesa"
Ohrid Region From "Ohrid Region with its Cultural and Historical Aspect and its Natural Environment" to "Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region"
Old Havana From "Old Havana and its Fortifications" to "Old Havana and its Fortification System" (2013)
Oporto From 'The Historic Centre of Oporto' to 'Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar'
Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles Upon inscription from "‘Padova Urbs picta’, Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel and Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles" to "Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles"
Pannonhalma monastery changed to abbey (2003)
Par force hunting landscape 2018, to the French name only
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River Philippines' Puerto Princesa River NP. It was initially nominated as St. Paul Subterranean River NP. But there was an official name change in reference to the site's location near the settlement of Puerto Princesa.
Qal'at al-Bahrain From "Qal'at al-Bahrain Archaeological Site" to "Qal'at al-Bahrain - Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun" (2006)
Québec Two times: in 2000 from "Quebec (Historic area)" to "Historic District of Québec", and in 2006 from "Historic District of Québec" to "Historic District of Old Québec"
Rammelsberg and Goslar With the extension in 2010, the name changed from "Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar" to the current name: "Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System".
Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple 2019 - From "Golden Temple of Dambulla"
Redwood From "Redwood National Park" to "Redwood National and State Parks" (2006)
Rock Art of Alta rock drawings changed to rock art 2006
Route of Santiago de Compostela From "Routes of Santiago de Compostela" to "Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain"
Røros Mining town added 2006
SGang Gwaay A series of changes which has resulted in the "extinction" of the original name - "Sgang Gwaay" started off as "Anthony Island" and offically passed through "Sgang Gwaay (Anthony Island)" before reaching its current title!
Sagarmatha National Park The "quiet" dropping of the "colonial" part of the name - "Sagamatha" was called "Sagamatha - Mt Everest" in the nomination documents. It isn't clear exactly when/why this difference occurred but the shorter title was already used in the 1979 WHC minutes recording the inscription.
Saint-Savin sur Gartempe From "Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe" to "Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe" (2006)
Samarkand From "Samarkand - Crossroads of Cultures" to "Samarkand - Crossroad of Cultures" (2012): grammatical change
Sceilg Mhichíl From Skellig Michael (2012)
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple "Sokkuram Grotto" to "Sokkuram Grotto and Pulguksa Temple" (Republic of Korea) 1999 Decision 23COM VIII.3 - Change of Name of an Inscribed Property "ICOMOS recommendations for future action The Pulguksa Temple, built in AD 752, lies within the protection zone of the Sokkuram Grotte and is closely linked with it culturally. lt is a living monument with great historical, architectural, and artistic value. on the recommendation of ICOMOS the State Party agreed to extend the nomination to in elude this integral component." Advisory Body Evaluation (1995)
Si Thep Upon inscription, at the suggestion of ICOMOS: from "The Ancient Town of Si The p" to ""The Ancient Town of Si Thep and its Associated Dvaravati Monuments.
Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution At inscription: from "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Kyushu-Yamaguchi and Related Areas" in nomination to "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining"
St. Petersburg Changed from "Leningrad" (1991 in the real world, unclear when at Unesco list)
Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Swiss Alps added to the name in 2008
Talayotic Menorca Upon inscription, at the suggestion of ICOMOS: from "Talayotic Menorca - A cyclopean island odyssey" to "Prehistoric Sites of Talayotic Menorca"
Tanbaly From "Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly" to "Petroglyphs of the Archaeological Landscape of Tanbaly" (2021)
Taos Pueblo From Pueblo de Taos (2012)
Tarraco From "Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco" to "Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco" (2021)
Te Wahipounamu A complicated "morphing" of the name as part of boundary and other changes - so the 2 separate inscriptions from 1986 "The Westland and Mount Cook NP" and the "Fjordland NP" were subsumed within a new larger site which was called "SW NZ World Heritage area (Te Wahipounamu)" in the 1990 IUCN documentation but was officially inscribed as "Te Wahipounamu - SW NZ". This "final" name change to give precedence to the Maori aspects of the name occurred following comments made in the earlier Bureau meeting.
Tokaji Wine Region historic added (2003)
Trier From "Roman Monuments, Cathedral and Liebfrauen-Church in Trier" to "Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of our Lady in Trier" (2000)
Uluru The additon of Cultural cirteria being used as a trigger for "name change" - "Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP" was originally "Uluru (Ayers Rock- Mt Olga) NP" in 1989 and the change took place on the occasion of the addition of Cultural Criteria in 1994.
Val di Noto From "The rebuilding of the Val di Noto in the Late Baroque Period (South-East Sicily)" to "The Late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto (South-eastern Sicily)" upon inscription (AB Ev)
Victoria Falls A reseqencing of a bilingual name - "Mosi-oa-tunya/Victoria Falls" was "Victoria Falls/Mosi-oa-Tunya" in the documentation and WHC minutes of 1989.
Vigan From 'Historic Town' to 'Historic City of Vigan'.
Vézère Valley From "Decorated Grottoes of the Vézère Valley" to "Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley" (2006)
W-Arly-Pendjari Complex From "W National Park of Niger" to the current name (2017)
Westminster From "Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church" to "Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret's Church" (2013)
Willemstad 2011: Curacao instead of Netherlands Antilles
Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska From Southern Little Poland to Southern Malopolska (2013)
Wooden Hypostyle Mosques of Medieval Anatolia Upon inscription, at the suggestion of ICOMOS: from "Medieval Mosques of Anatolia with Wooden Posts and Upper Structure" to "Wooden Hypostyle Mosques of Medieval Anatolia"
Yellowstone National Park added 2006
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Complete name changes - "iSimangaliso Wetland Park" was inscribed as "Greater St Lucia Wetland Park" and was officially changed in 2008


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