List of World Heritage Sites in Slovakia

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.[1] Slovakia ratified the convention on 31 March 1993 , making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list.[2]

Locations of World Heritage Sites in Slovakia. Blue dots mark the Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area. Grey dots mark the sites of the Slovak Karst.

First three sites in Slovakia were added to the list, with more to follow. As of 2019, Slovakia has seven sites inscribed on the list and a further 14 on the tentative list. There are two World Heritage Sites that are shared with other countries: the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst with Hungary and the Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe with 11 other European counrtries. Both of these shared sites are natural while the other five are cultural sites.[3]

World Heritage Sites

UNESCO lists sites under ten criteria; each entry must meet at least one of the criteria. Criteria i through vi are cultural, whereas vii through x are natural.[4]

  * Transnational site
Site Image Location Year listed UNESCO data Description
Bardejov Bardejov, Bardejov District, Prešov Region Cultural:
(iii), (iv)
2000 [5]
Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst* Rožňava and Spišská Nová Ves Districts, Košice Region 1995 Natural:
(vii)
[6][7]
Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity Banská Štiavnica and Banská Štiavnica District, Banská Bystrica Region
48°27′40″N 18°54′0″E
Cultural:
(iv), (v)
1993 [8]
Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments Prešov and Košice Regions 1993[nb 1] [9]
Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe* Prešov Region Natural:
(ix)
2007[nb 2] [10][11]
Vlkolínec Ružomberok District, Žilina Region Cultural:
(iv), (v)
1993 [12]
Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area Košice, Banská Bystrica, Žilina and Prešov Regions
49°20′10″N 19°33′30″E
Cultural:
(iii), (iv)
2008 [13]

Notes

  1. Extended in 2009 to include Levoča and the Work of Master Paul in Spiš and name change from Spišský Hrad and its associated cultural monuments to the present name.
  2. Extended in 2011 to include the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany and name change from Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians to the present name.

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