List of World Heritage Sites in Israel

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This is a list of World Heritage Sites in Israel with properties of cultural and natural heritage in Israel as inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List or as on the country's tentative list.

World Heritage Sites[edit]

The table is sortable by column by clicking on the Sort both.gif at the top of the appropriate column; alphanumerically for the Site, Area, and Year columns; by state party for the Location column; and by criteria type for the Criteria column. Transborder sites sort at the bottom.

Site; named after the World Heritage Committee's official designation[1]
Location; at city, regional, or provincial level and geocoordinates
Criteria; as defined by the World Heritage Committee[2]
Area; in hectares and acres. If available, the size of the buffer zone has been noted as well. A value of zero implies that no data has been published by UNESCO
Year; during which the site was inscribed to the World Heritage List
Description; brief information about the site, including reasons for qualifying as an endangered site, if applicable
Site Image Location Criteria Area
ha (acre)
Year Description Refs
Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee Large white buildings in a landscape garden. Haifa and North District
32°49′46″N 34°58′18″E / 32.82944°N 34.97167°E / 32.82944; 34.97167 (Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee)
Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
63 (160); buffer zone 255 (630) 2008 [3]
Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba Ruins of building consisting of low walls of unhewn stones.  Israel
32°35′50″N 35°10′56″E / 32.59722°N 35.18222°E / 32.59722; 35.18222 (Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
96 (240); buffer zone 604 (1,490) 2005 [4]
Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev Ruins of buildings in a desert. Negev
30°32′28″N 35°9′39″E / 30.54111°N 35.16083°E / 30.54111; 35.16083 (Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev)
Cultural:
(iii)(v)
2005 [5]
Masada Ruins of a building made of unhewn stones. South District
31°18′49″N 35°21′10″E / 31.31361°N 35.35278°E / 31.31361; 35.35278 (Masada)
Cultural:
(iii)(iv)(vi)
276 (680); buffer zone 28,965 (71,570) 2001 [6]
Old City of Acre A fortress or a tower of a fortification. Western Galilee
32°55′42″N 35°5′2″E / 32.92833°N 35.08389°E / 32.92833; 35.08389 (Old City of Acre)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(v)
63 (160) 2001 [7]
White City of Tel-Aviv—the Modern Movement White modern building. Tel Aviv
32°4′0″N 34°47′0″E / 32.06667°N 34.78333°E / 32.06667; 34.78333 (White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement)
Cultural:
(ii)(iv)
140 (350); buffer zone 197 (490) 2003 [8]
Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves Tabun-jamal-elWad caves.jpg Mount Carmel
32°40′12″N 34°57′55″E / 32.67000°N 34.96528°E / 32.67000; 34.96528 (Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves)
Cultural:
(iii)(v)
54 (130); buffer zone 370 (910) 2012 [9]
Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves Beit Guvrin 1.JPG Southern District,  Israel
31°36′0″N 34°53′44″E / 31.60000°N 34.89556°E / 31.60000; 34.89556 (Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin)
Cultural:
(v)
259 (640) 2014 [10]
Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal Cave of coffins.jpg Haifa District,  Israel
32°42′8″N 35°7′37″E / 32.70222°N 35.12694°E / 32.70222; 35.12694 (Necropolis of Bet She’arim)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)
12 (30); buffer zone 64 (160) 2015 [11]

World Heritage Sites located in sites where the territorial status is yet to be determined[edit]

Site Image Location Criteria Area
ha (acre)
Year Description Refs
Old City and Walls of Jerusalem Old City (Jerusalem).jpg
Jaffa Gate and Tower of David.jpg
East Jerusalem
31°46′36″N 35°14′03″E / 31.77667°N 35.23417°E / 31.77667; 35.23417 (The Old City of Jerusalem)
Cultural:
(ii), (iii), (vi)
1981 [12]

Location of sites[edit]

List of Properties in the Tentative List[edit]

In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage list, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage list are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list.[13] As of 2015, Israel recorded 18 sites on its tentative list. The sites, along with the year they were included on the tentative list are:[14]

Site Image Location Criteria Year
Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan PikiWiki Israel 43948 TEL DAN.JPG Northern District Mixed:
(iv)(vi)(vii)(x)
2000
Early Synagogues in the Galilee ויקיפדיה אוהבת אתרי מורשת 2014 - אתרי עתיקות בצפון הארץ - גוש חלב (2).JPG Northern District Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
2000
The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles Israel Tiberias3 tango7174.jpg Northern District Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
2000
Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites TiberiasNorthward.jpg Northern District Mixed 2000
Horvat Minnim Hurvat-Minim-50.jpg Northern District Cultural:
(iv)
2000
Arbel (Arbel, Nebe Shueb, Horns of Hittim) Mount-Arbel-049.jpg Northern District Mixed 2000
Degania & Nahalal PikiWiki Israel 4368 delonix regia.jpg Northern District Cultural:
(v)(vi)
2000
Bet She'an Roman street in Bet She'an National Park, Israel.jpg Northern District Cultural:
(ii)(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
Caesarea Caesarea maritima (DerHexer) 2011-08-02 098.jpg Haifa District Cultural:
(ii)(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
White Mosque in Ramle רמלה המסגד הלבן.JPG Central District Cultural:
(ii)(iv)
2000
Jerusalem (extension) MtZion from Abu Tor.jpg Jerusalem District Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
Mount Karkom Southern District Cultural:
(iii)(v)
2000
Timna Timna 7.JPG Southern District Mixed 2000
The Crusader Fortresses מבצר מונפורט בזריחה.JPG Various districts Cultural:
(iv)(v)(vi)
2000
Makhteshim Country Har 'Arif Makhtesh 041014.jpg Southern District Mixed 2001
The Great Rift Valley - migratory routes - The Hula Hulah Valley, Israel, Buffalo.jpg Northern District Natural 2004
Liftah (Mey Naftoah) – Traditional mountain village Lifta9.JPG Jerusalem District Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(v)
2015
Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape EinkaremvillageC.jpg Jerusalem District Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(v)(vi)
2015

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