UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites


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    Gujarat’s Vadnagar town, the iconic Sun Temple at Modhera, and the rock-cut sculptures of Unakoti in Tripura have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    • With this, India now has 52 sites on UNESCO Tentative List. The list indicates the rich cultural and natural wealth of India and shows the huge diversity of our heritage. 


    • The Sun Temple, Modhera dedicated to Surya Dev is the earliest of such temples which set trends in architectural and decorative details, representing the Solanki style at its best.
    • Vadnagar is a municipality under the Mehsana district of Gujarat. 
      • A multi-layered historic town, the history of Vadnagar stretches back to nearly the 8th century BCE
      • The town still retains a large number of historic buildings that are primarily religious and residential in nature.
    • Unakoti, located in the northeastern region of Tripura, is known as an ancient holy place associated with Shiva worship. 
      • The site is a massive gallery set in a forested area displaying a number of towering low-relief images in a unique style, making it a masterpiece of human creative genius.

    About  UNESCO tentative list

    • It is an “inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination”.
    • States Parties are encouraged to submit their Tentative Lists, properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.
    • States Parties should submit Tentative Lists, which should not be considered exhaustive, to the World Heritage Centre, at least one year prior to the submission of any nomination.