Guide to World Heritage Sites

World Heritage sites are decided each year by a 21-member intergovernmental committee only after a rigorous preselection, nomination, and evaluation process. According to this highly attractive and informative guide, selected sites “must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria,” such as human creative genius, significance in human history, or natural phenomena or beauty. Moreover, “the protection, management, authenticity, and integrity of properties are also important considerations.”Each site has an entry explaining its historical and cultural significance, with a description and location map.