Two more Danish sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

Published on : Monday, June 30, 2014

Two-more-Danish-300x168Today, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed properties in Denmark, the Russian Federation, Costa Rica, Viet Nam, India, and Philippines and approved the extension of two transboundary sites for the UNESCO World Heritage List. The two new Danish sites included on the World Heritage List are:

Stevns Klint in East Denmark
Stevns Klint in South Sealand is a geological site which comprising of a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff, offering exceptional evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 millions years ago. Researchers think that this caused the most remarkable mass extinction ever, responsible for the disappearance of over 50% of all life on Earth. The site harbours a record of the cloud of ash formed by the impact of the meteorite – the exact site of the impact being at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. An exceptional fossil record is visible at the site, showing the complete succession of fauna and micro-fauna charting the recovery after the mass extinction.



The Wadden Sea in South West Denmark
The Danish Wadden Sea is an extension of the Dutch and German Wadden Sea site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009. The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. The complete extension now covers most of the Danish Wadden Sea maritime conservation area, as well as a maritime extension of the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area and the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.
With two new world heritage sites listed, Denmark now has five unique World Heritage Sites, namely:
Kronborg Castle, the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, lcoated in the merchant town of Helsinore only an hours drive north of Copenhagen.

Stevns Klint, our newest World Heritage Sites but 65 million years old!
Roskilde Cathedral, the last resting place of Denmark’s Monarchy located in East Denmark
The historic rune stones of Jelling, located in south central Denmark
The Wadden Sea National Park, the second newcomer on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list 2014, located in South West Jutland





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