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Fortress of Suomenlinna
Fortress of Suomenlinna

As of 2020, there are seven World Heritage Sites in Finland. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. Finland accepted the convention on 4 March 1987, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. The first two sites added to the list were Old Rauma and the Fortress of Suomenlinna (pictured), both in 1991, at the 15th Session of the World Heritage Committee. Six of Finland sites are classified as cultural sites according to the UNESCO criteria, while one, the High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago, is a natural site. This is a transnational site and is shared with Sweden. In addition to its World Heritage Sites, Finland also maintains six properties on its tentative list. (Full list...)

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Naqsh-e Rostam

Naqsh-e Rostam is an ancient Persian necropolis located about 12 km (7.5 mi) northwest of Persepolis in Iran. The site includes rock reliefs from the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods, and four tombs of Achaemenid kings. The oldest relief, dating from around 1000 BC, is thought to be Elamite in origin. The tombs carved into the rock, as seen from left to right in this panoramic photograph, are thought to belong to Darius II (423–404 BC), Artaxerxes I (465–424 BC), Darius I (522–486 BC), and Xerxes I (486–465 BC), respectively. An inscription on the facade of Darius I's tomb mentions his conquests and achievements. In the far left of the image is the Cube of Zoroaster, belonging to the Achaemenid era (5th century BC); its purpose is unclear. Inscriptions on its walls in three languages have been described as the "most important historical documents from the Sassanian era".

Photograph credit: Diego Delso

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