The Hedeby trading settlement and Danevirke defensive earthwork in northern Germany are among the world’s best preserved Viking-age sites. They have now been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The 13th century cathedral in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt is known for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It is the second German site to win a World Heritage designation in as many days.
The Viking sites Haithabu and Danevirke in northern Germany are part of the world heritage of mankind. This was decided by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its meeting in Bahrain.
A thousand years ago, the "wild hordes from the north" terrified the entire European continent. Now the Vikings might be awarded a UNESCO title for Germany, without even using an ax or sword!
Almost 30 sites are on the shortlist to receive the highly coveted World Heritage designation. France and Belgium have entered their World War I graveyards into the running. The final decision will be announced in July.
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