National Geographic invites tourists to visit one of Europe’s last true wild places. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, spans a vast territory and creates an oasis of wilderness in the middle of a crowded continent.
With a long and vivid history dating back to the distant 9th century it should come to no surprise that Belarus has plenty to offer when it comes to cultural sites and architectural landmarks that bear crucial historical significance.
It’s early morning and Joseph Reaney was tiptoeing through the undergrowth. Shafts of sunlight pierce the canopy overhead, spotlighting fragments of the forest all around him. He survey them for the slightest sign of movement.
The World Heritage Committee approved the extension of the transboundary site in Poland and Belarus at the 38th session in Doha on 23 June. The transboundary object is now called Bialowieza Forest (Belovezhskaya Pushcha) with a total area of 141,885 hectares, of which 81,000 are in Belarus. Together with the buffer zone the area of the forest is 308,583 hectares.