In December 2001 New Lanark was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The World Heritage List contains nearly 700 sites which all have a very special heritage. It includes temples, houses, parks, industrial works and many other types of site.
Some famous sites are the Pyramids in Egypt and the Taj Mahal in India. Perhaps you have visited a World Heritage Site? They are often tourist attractions, so care has to be taken to preserve the sites, and not let them be spoiled by development. Once a site has been added to the list, it is likely that it will be looked after properly.
New Lanark was included on the list for several reasons, including:
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Other World Heritage Sites in Scotland are - Edinburgh's Old and New Towns, the island of St Kilda and the Neolithic sites in Orkney including the 5,000-year-old Skara Brae settlement.