A group of 26 iconic, fantastic and endangered places around the globe are the latest entrants on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
Among the newly-recognized sites are the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity; the ninth-century mosque of Isfahan, Iran; the historic city of Rabat, Morocco; the site of Xanadu, China; and the baroque opera house of Bayreuth, Germany.
Also making the list are Rio de Janiero's "Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea," a not-so-subtle-nod to the seaside city that will host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
The World Heritage designation, which today protects nearly 1,000 of the world's most stunning cultural and natural sites, will give a burst of publicity to the 26 newest entries, which can lead to better funding, better preservation and more tourism to each destination.
Take a look at all of the newest World Heritage Sites, with these photos courtesy of UNESCO:
Birthplace of Jesus: the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem, Palestine
Heritage of Mercury, Almdén and Idrija, Slovenia/Spain
Masjed-e Jamé of Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran
Cultural landscape of Bali: the Subak system as a manifestion of the Tri Hita Karana philosophy, Indonesia
Site of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel : The Nahal Me'arot/Wadi el-Mughara Caves, Israel
Lakes of Ounianga, Chad
Chengjiang Fossil Site, China
Western Ghats, India
The Landscape of Grand Pré, Canada
Pearling, testimony of an island economy, Bahrain
Site of Xanadu, China
Sangha Trinational, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, France
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire
Archaelogical Heritage of the Lenggong Valley, Malaysia
Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russian Federation
Margravial Opera House Bayreuth, Germany
Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau
Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications, Portugal
Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea, Brazil
Bassari country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik cultural landscapes, Senegal
Decorated farmhouses of Hälsingland, Sweden
Major mining sites of Wallonia, Belgium