Astronomy & World Heritage Timeframe

This excursion through time and continents gives an idea of the development of architectural forms and landscapes related to observations and perceptions of the sky from ancient sacred places up to the present day.

It is illustrated by information on cultural properties already inscribed on the World Heritage List that have an established or hypothesized connection with astronomy.

This information will form the core of a public database that is to be developed by the IAU’s Astronomy and World Heritage Working Group, which will also contain information on a much wider range of cultural and natural properties that have a connection with astronomical observation.


Aksum  Mesa Verde Tikal National Park Memphis and its Necropolis Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae Persepolis Maya Site of Copan Megalithic Temples of Malta Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua Ellora Caves Sun Temple, Konarak Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Baalbek Chavin (Archaeological Site) Chaco Culture National Historical Park Great Zimbabwe National Monuments Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan Nemrut Dag Archaeological site of Epidaurus Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza Cliff of Bandiagara Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture Samarkand Angkor Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana Rapa Nui National Park San Agustin Archaeological Park Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal Maritime Greenwich Lake Turkana National Parks Temple of Heaven Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Sites Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region Tsolido
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