The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|vii||To contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.||All|
|viii||To be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features.||All|
|Col Drusciè Astro Ring en it||9.3km||site_izi|
|Gustav Mahler Statue||2020||14.3km||site_ao|
|Remembering the Vajont Dam Disaster||2018||40.5km||site_ao|
|The ‘Iron Road’ Through the Italian Dolomites Built in WWI||2017||27.3km||site_ao|
|Thousands of Miles of Abandoned Fortresses in the Italian Alps||2017||18.9km||site_ao|
|Abandoned Thermal Baths in the Italian Alps||2017||15.4km||site_ao|
|Terraced housing and four-story block||40km||site_brutalism|
|Chiesa dell’Immacolata Concezione della Vergine||39.8km||site_brutalism|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.