The 20 most beautiful places protected by UNESCO

Machu Picchu and 28 other UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The World Heritage sites included in the special UNESCO list are of enormous interest to the entire population of the planet. Unique natural and cultural sites provide an opportunity to preserve those unique corners of nature and man-made monuments, which demonstrate the richness of nature and the capabilities of human mind.

The World Heritage sites included in the special UNESCO list are of enormous interest to the entire population of the planet. Unique natural and cultural sites provide an opportunity to preserve those unique corners of nature and man-made monuments, which demonstrate the richness of nature and the capabilities of human mind.

As of July 6, 2012 the World Heritage List includes 962 sites (including 745 cultural, 188 natural and 29 mixed) located in 148 countries. Among the sites are separate architectural structures and ensembles, for example – the Acropolis, the cathedrals of Amiens and Chartres, the historic centers of cities – Warsaw and St. Petersburg, the Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square, and there are whole cities – Brasilia, Venice with the lagoon, and others. There are also archaeological reserves – for example, Delphi; national parks – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Yellowstone (USA) and others. States, on whose territory the World Heritage sites are located, undertake obligations for their preservation.

In this photo selection you will see 29 sites from different parts of our planet, which are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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9) People skate on the ice of the canals at the Kinderdijk Mills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Rotterdam. Kinderdijk has the largest collection of historic mills in the Netherlands, and is also one of the main attractions in South Holland. The decoration with balloons at the festivities here gives a certain flavor to the place. (Peter Dejong/AP)

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12) Aerial photograph of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. According to the World Heritage website, this small state is home to a unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces. The Vatican was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984. (Giulio Napolitano/AFP – Getty Images)

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14) Camels rest in the ancient city of Petra in front of Jordan’s main monument, Al Khazneh or Treasury, supposedly a sandstone-carved tomb of a Nabatean king. This city, located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, is at the crossroads from Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Phoenicia. Petra was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1985. (Thomas Coex/AFP – Getty Images)

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17) General view of the city of Shibam, located in the east of Yemen in Hadramawt province. Shibam is famous for its incomparable architecture, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage program. All houses here are built of clay bricks, about 500 houses can be considered multi-storey as they have 5 to 11 floors. Often called “the world’s oldest city of skyscrapers” or “Desert Manhattan,” Shibam is also the oldest example of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. (Khaled Fazaa/AFP – Getty Images)

Top 20 World Heritage Sites

Sightseeing

Every tourist should have a Must See list of sights that are a must see for any trip. Without a doubt this list should include the incredible places on the planet that have been included in the UNESCO heritage. They are not few, but you can see many of them if you want to. Here are perhaps the top 20 most popular and famous:

  1. Bayon Temple. Cambodia owns one of the most incredible UNESCO heritage sites. It is the Bayon Temple that is the mecca for tourists in this country, it is famous for the giant human faces carved out of stone. Millions of travelers flock to this place every year in search of the world’s largest single religious monument.
  2. “Garganta del Diablo. The name of the waterfalls translates as “Devil’s Throat” and is located in a province of Argentina, in Iguazu National Park. This incredible spectacle includes more than 250 waterfalls, about two thousand different plants and nearly four hundred varieties of birds. This park has been a world heritage site for over 30 years.
  3. Stonehenge. Many people have heard about this ancient monument. And all thanks to the mystery of the structure. According to historians the monument was built in about 3000 B.C., and to this day the legacy of Stonehenge is undeniable.
  4. Bafang Pavilion. When visiting Beijing, every tourist should definitely visit the Summer Palace in the Imperial Garden, and walk around the Bafang Pavilion, a World Heritage Site. This attraction has already been destroyed in 1860, but 5 years later it was rebuilt again, it has been delighting tourists for 30 years.
  5. Statue of Liberty. It’s hard to imagine America without this “calling card”. This pedestal was given to the United States by France, and since then “Lady Liberty” meets travelers at the entrance to the marina in New York.
  6. Kinderdijk Mills. This collection is the largest of the historic mills. In addition, this place is an incredibly famous landmark in the Netherlands. State events and festivities are often held here.
  7. Perito Moreno Glacier. This very impressive monument is located in Argentina’s Santa Cruz. When coming to the Argentine part of Patagonia every tourist simply must see Glacier Perito Moreno, because it is the 3rd largest glacier in the world, ahead of only glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland.
  8. Baba Temple. Tomb of the founder of the Bahai faith is located in Haifa, a city located in northern Israel. This place is quite remarkable, because the number of people professing the Bahai religion reaches nearly 6 million. The temple of the Baba is quite a “young” heritage of UNESCO, it was listed only ten years ago.
  9. Great Barrier Reef. This reef is on the heritage list because of its thriving ecosystem. It is the largest collection of corals in the world, with about 400 species. It is also home to about 1,500 varieties of fish.
  10. Sydney Opera House. This Opera House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and perhaps the most important landmark in Australia. The theater became a World Heritage Site in 2007.
  11. Venice. This Italian city has been a heritage site for 30 years and is considered a center of international tourism of global significance. Venice strikes its colorfulness, identity and a light touch of romance.
  12. Rapa Nui National Park. Many have heard about Easter Island and the sculptures located there. All of them are located in Rapa Nui National Park and have been a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List for almost 25 years.
  13. Great Wall of China. The Great Wall is a world famous landmark and a mecca for millions of tourists every year. The peculiarity of the wall is that its length is just under 9,000 kilometers and it is believed to be one of the few constructions so large and complete.
  14. Potala Palace. This palace is known as the main residence of the Dalai Lama. Today Potala is considered a museum complex, crowds of Buddhist pilgrims and ordinary tourists come here. Given its cultural, religious, artistic and historical significance UNESCO has decided to include the Potala Palace in the list of World Heritage Sites.
  15. Machu Picchu. This attraction is located in the city of Cusco, on the territory of Peru. This citadel of the Incas has become a massive tourist destination. It is estimated that Machu Picchu is visited daily by about 2000 visitors.
  16. Mount Koya. Located in Japan, Mount Koya has been considered a heritage site since 2004. It is known that the first inhabitant of this area was a Buddhist monk named Kukai, he was the founder of the Shingon teaching, an alternative branch of Japanese Buddhism.
  17. Taj Mahal. This temple is located in one of the Indian cities of Agra. Emperor Shah Jahan ordered it to be built in honor of his deceased wife. In addition to the UNESCO list, the Taj Mahal has also been on the list of “Seven Wonders of the World” for about 11 years.
  18. Yellowstone National Park. The area of this park extends to almost 900 thousand hectares and there are more than 10,000 thermal springs and geysers. The nature and wildlife of the national park just amazes any tourist, that is why it was put on the list 40 years ago.
  19. Tower of Pisa. This incredible landmark is nothing but a grandiose mistake of the builders. It was built for almost two centuries, in the process it became clear that the construction was wrong, but it was completed and since then, every year the tower is reinforced.
  20. Cologne Cathedral. This cathedral is the most famous symbol of Cologne. In addition the cathedral is one of the most popular monuments in the world. UNESCO couldn’t let this past its eyes and put Cologne Cathedral on the World Heritage List.
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This is a small part of what is included in the UNESCO list of heritage sites. If you want to see more, then feel free to travel and view all this splendor.

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