Part of the series Cultural Heritage of Slovakia pertains to World Cultural Heritage UNESCO which illustrates the significance and variety of the historic and cultural environment in Slovakia. UNESCO is an international organisation of the United Nations for science, education and culture. Within its projects, it creates several lists of the best works or phenomena
in the domain of the cultural heritage.
It is no coincidence, that Slovakia too is represented in the UNESCO List of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Three cultural sites were added to the List in 1993. Banská Štiavnica and the historic technical structures in its environs; Spišský hrad Castle, its monuments and environs; the Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture of Vlkolínec with a singular series of folk buildings. One natural site was added to the List in 1995. The Caves of Slovenský kras and the Aggtelek karst joined the roll of the most valuable heritage sites that exist on the planet. Slovak diplomats worked hard in the cultural sphere and achieved yet another goal with the inclusion of the historic core of Bardejov and the Dobšinská Ice Cave, one of the largest in Europe, into the List in 2000.
In 2007, the Carpathian Beech Primeval Forest was added and in 2008 the fifth cultural and historic monument, Wooden Temples in the Slovak part of the Carpathian Arch were added to the list. The youngest addition to the family of UNESCO cultural monuments is the city of Levoča, which expanded the site of Spišský hrad Castle with its monuments and environs in 2009. This is proof that a small country like Slovakia can be rich in monuments and sites of world significance. The book in your hands will help act as a guide through our most beautiful historic and cultural sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The presentation of each site starts with a brief history of how it was included into the List followed by a short description which includes the exact location and history of the site and overview where the reader is advised of interesting details about individual structures. The text also contains notes about peculiarities unique to each site. Maps and recent photographs, of course, supplement the text.