The Bibi Maryam Mausoleum in Oman's ancient city of Qalhat, now added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. Wikicommons.
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UNESCO added Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa Oasis, Oman's ancient city of Qalhat and pre-Islamic Iranian archeological sites to its World Heritage List Saturday, the world cultural body said.Oman's Qalhat also dates back to pre-Islamic times.Added were eight pre-Islamic Iranian archeological sites to its World Heritage List, the U.N. agency announced during their meeting.With the latest addition, Iran now has 24 sites on the heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.U.S. President Donald Trump's administration pulled out of UNESCO citing its continuing "anti-Israel bias," six years after the organization allowed the Palestinians to join.Israel's ambassador to UNESCO said Tuesday he was urging his government to reconsider its decision to quit the body, saying it had halted its "anti-Israeli resolutions" over the past year.The 12 sites include 10 villages, Hara Castle and Oura Cathedral, a Catholic church in Nagasaki that is dedicated to 26 Christians who were executed for their beliefs over four centuries ago.
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