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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Curonian Spit, Lithuania/Russia

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Curonian Spit is a sand-dune peninsula that is recognised as a World Heritage Site. This long, narrow peninsula is 98 km in length but just 0.4 km to 4 km in width. The northern part is in Lithuania while the southern part is within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. The spit separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea.


Nidden Harbor on the Curonian Spit
Nidden Harbor on the Curonian Spit
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The Curonian Spit is connected to Kalinigrad Oblast in the south. In the north, it is separated from mainland Lithuania by a narrow strait. The spit was formed in the 3rd millennium BC. According to Baltic mythology, it was formed by a giantess, Neringa.

Curonian Spit was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cairns, Australia, 27 November - 2 December, 2000. Ironically, it is inscribed under the cultural category, due to it being an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land use and sea use which is representative of a culture, and also it showcases human interaction with the environment.

Roadside view of Curonian Spit in Lithuania
Roadside view of Curonian Spit in Lithuania
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N55 16 28.488 E20 57 44.604 in Klaipeda Region, Neringa and Klaipeda in Lithuania and in Kaliningrad Region, Zelenogradsk District in the Russian Federation
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: V
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