“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.”
A list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites to I have been to thus far – With
1000+ now and more being added every year I’m going to have my work cut out for me …But hey! Whats life without a goal right! I don’t have a specific rule or time allowed – I just have to feel I’ve been to, and understood the sight adequately to count it. With sites in multiple localities I try to visit as many as possible but can count even after just one if thats all I can manage. Wish me luck!! UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited – 325/1031
UNESCO World Heritage List Tongariro National Park – Ruapehu, New Zealand Sydney Opera House – New South Wales, Australia Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens – Victoria, Australia Greater Blue Mountains Area – New South Wales, Australia Te Wahipounamu – South Island, New Zealand Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona, United States Yosemite National Park – California, United States Statue of Liberty – New York, United States Þingvellir National Park – Bláskógabyggð, Iceland Tower of London – London, United Kingdom Westminster Palace,Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church – London, United Kingdom Paris, Banks of the Seine – Paris, France Palace and Park of Versailles – Versailles, France Palace and Park of Fontainebleau – Fontainebleau, France Old City of Berne – Bern, Switzerland Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes – Graubünden and Tirano, Italy and Switzerland Venice and its Lagoon – Province of Venezia, Italy Historic Centre of Florence – City and Province of Florence, Tuscany, Italy Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany – Tuscany, Italy Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) – Province of La Spezia, Liguria Region, Italy Vatican City – Vatican City State, Holy See Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura – Province of Roma, Lazio region, Italy & Vatican City State, Holy See Historic Centre of Vienna – Vienna, Austria Historic Centre of Kraków – City and County of Cracow, Poland Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines – Wieliczka-Bochnia, Poland Auschwitz Birkenau: German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945) – Oswiecim County, Poland Historic Centre of Warsaw – City and County of Warsaw, Poland Vilnius Historic Centre – City of Vlilnius, Lithuania Historic Centre of Riga – City of Riga, Latvia Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn – County of Harju, Estonia Fortress of Suomenlinna – Helsinki Harbour, Region of Uusimaa, Finland Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn – Vienna, Austria Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape – Breclav District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg – Graz, Austria Wachau Cultural Landscape – Towns of Krems and Melk, Austria Fertöd / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape – State of Burgenland, Austria / County of Györ-Moson-Sopron, Hungary City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications- Luxembourg City,Luxembourg Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier – State of Rhineland-Palatinate, German Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl – State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Cologne Cathedral – State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Aachen Cathedral – State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany La Grand-Place, Brussels – City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Stoclet House – Brussels, Belgium Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta – Brussels, Belgium Flemish Béguinages – Flanders Region, Provinces of Antwerp, Limburg, Eastern Flanders, Western Flanders, and Flemish Brabant, Belgium Historic Centre of Brugge – Brugge, Belgium Belfries of Belgium and France – Brugge / Antwerp, Belgium Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex – Antwerp, Flanders Region, Belgium Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House) – Utrecht, Netherlands Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout – Municipalities of Alblasserdam and Nieuw-Lekkerland, Province of Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) – Province of Noord-Holland, Netherlands Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht – Amsterdam, Netherlands Defence Line of Amsterdam – Provinces of Noord-Holland and Utrecht, Netherlands Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment – County of Györ-Moson-Sopron, Hungary Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue – Budapest, Hungary Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen – Bremen (City-State), Germany Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen – State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Germany Chartres Cathedral – Department of Eure-et-Loire, Centre Region, France Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs – Department of Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France, France Historic Centre of Prague – Prague, Czech Republic Tugendhat Villa in Brno – South Moravian Region, Czech Republic Plitvice Lakes National Park – County of Lika-Senj, Croatia City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto – Veneto, Italy City of Verona – Veneto, Italy Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci – Milan, Italy Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona – Canton of Ticino, Switzerland Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch – Valais/ Bern Canton, Switzerland La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning – La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland Abbey of St Gall – St. Gall, Switzerland Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg – Salzburg, Austria Historic City of Ayutthaya – Province of Ayutthaya, Thailand Angkor – Province Siem Reap, Cambodia Temple of Preah Vihear – N 23 18 E 104 41 2, Cambodia Yellowstone National Park – Northwest corner of the State of Wyoming and relatively small adjacent areas of the States of Montana and Idaho, United States of America Taos Pueblo – New Mexico, United States of America Chaco Culture – New Mexico, United States of America Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado, United States of America Pitons Management Area – Soufriere, Saint Lucia Gondwana Rainforests of Australia – Gold Coast, Australia Historic Centre of Lima – Lima, Peru Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa – Arequipa, Peru City of Cuzco – Cuzco, Peru Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System – Peru Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu, Peru City of Quito – Quito, Ecuador Galápagos Islands – Cantons: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, Province of Galapagos, Ecuador Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso – Valparaíso, Chile Rapa Nui National Park – Easter Island, Chile Historic Centre of Macao – Macao Special Administrative Region, China Van Nellefabriek – Rotterdam, Netherlands Museumsinsel (Museum Island) – Berlin, Germany Berlin Modernism Housing Estates – Berlin, Germany Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin – Potsdam, Germany Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg – Wittenberg, Germany Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz – Wörlitz, Germany Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg- Quedlinburg, Germany Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System – Goslar, Germany St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim – Hildesheim, Germany Fagus Factory in Alfeld – Alfeld, Germany Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey- Höxter, Germany Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe – Kassel, Germany Wartburg Castle – Eisenach, Germany Classical Weimar – Weimar, Germany Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau – Weimar, Germany Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square – Würzburg, Germany Town of Bamberg – Bamberg, Germany Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof – Regensburg, Germany City of Valletta – Valetta, Malta Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum – Paola, Malta Megalithic Temples of Malta – Hagar Qin, Malta Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew, United Kingdom Liverpool: Maritime Mercantile City – Liverpool, United Kingdom Old and New Towns of Edinburgh – Edinburgh, United Kingdom The Forth Bridge – Queensferry, United Kingdom Works of Antoni Gaudí – Barcelona, Spain Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau – Barcelona, Spain Historic City of Toledo – Toledo, Spain Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct – Segovia, Spain Monastery and Site of the Escurial – San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares – Madrid, Spain Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing – Beijing, China Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing – Beijing, China The Great Wall – Hushan Great Wall, Dandong, China Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang – Beijing, China Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties – Beijing, China Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian – Beijing, China Mount Taishan – Tai’an, China Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu – Qufu, China Classical Gardens of Suzhou – Suzhou, China The Grand Canal – Hangzhou, China West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou – Hangzhou, China Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes – Jeju, South Korea Jongmyo Shrine – Seoul, South Korea Changdeokgung Palace Complex – Seoul, South Korea Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty – Seoul, South Korea Hwaseong Fortress – Seoul, South Korea Namhansanseong – Seoul, South Korea Baekje Historic Areas – Buyeo, South Korea Gyeongju Historic Areas – Gyeongju, South Korea Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple – Gyeongju, South Korea Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) – Hiroshima, Japan Itsukushima Shinto Shrine – Hiroshima, Japan Himeji-jo – Himeji, Japan Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) – Kyoto, Japan Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area – Nara, Japan Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara – Nara, Japan Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration – Shizuoka, Japan Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining – Izunokuni, Japan Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land – Hiraizumi, Japan Shrines and Temples of Nikko – Nikko, Japan Borobudur Temple Compounds – Yogyakarta, Indonesia Prambanan Temple Compounds – Yogyakarta, Indonesia Komodo National Park – East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy – Bali, Indonesia Singapore Botanical Gardens – Singapore Kinabalu Park – Sabah, Malaysia Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Nepal Chitwan National Park – Narayan Zone, Nepal Red Fort Complex – New Delhi, India Hill Forts of Rajasthan – Jaipur, India The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur – Jaipur, India Keoladeo National Park – Bharatpur, India Fatehpur Sikri – Uttar Pradesh, India Taj Mahal – Agra, India Agra Fort – Agra, India Qutb Minar and its Monuments – Delhi, India Humayun’s Tomb – Delhi, India Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings – Hollókő, Hungary Mir Castle Complex – Mir, Belarus Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh – Nesvizh, Belarus Kremlin and Red Square – Moscow, Russia Church of the Ascension – Kolomenskoye, Moscow, Russia Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl – Yaroslavl, Russia Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra – Sergiev Posad, Russia Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent – Moscow, Russia Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin – Kazan, Russia Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex – Bolgar, Russia Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments – Saint Petersburg, Russia Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings – Novgorod, Russia Skogskyrkogården – Stockholm, Sweden Royal Domain of Drottningholm – Stockholm, Sweden Birka and Hovgården – Stockholm, Sweden Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne – Meath County, Ireland Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd – Gwynedd, United Kingdom Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal – Wrexham County, United Kingdom Ironbridge Gorge – Shropshire, United Kingdom Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church – Kent, United Kingdom Maritime Greenwich – London, United Kingdom Dorset and East Devon Coast – Dorset and East Devon, United Kingdom Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape – Cornwall and Devon Counties, United Kingdom Blaenavon Industrial Landscape – Blaenavon, United Kingdom Durham Castle and Cathedral – Durham, United Kingdom Frontiers of the Roman Empire – Hadrians Wall, United Kingdom New Lanark – New Lanark, United Kingdom Historic Centre of Sighişoara – Sighişoara, Romania Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Viscri, Romania Monastery of Horezu – Horezu, Romania Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains – Sarmizegetusa Regia, Romania Wooden Churches of Maramureş – Rogoz, Romania Churches of Moldavia – Moldavia, Romania Danube Delta – Tulcea, Romania Ancient City of Nessebar – Nessebar, Bulgaria Historic Areas of Istanbul – Istanbul, Turkey Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots – Zvarnots, Armenia Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley – Gerhard, Armenia Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin – Haghpat, Armenia Historical Monuments of Mtskheta – Mtskheta, Georgia Upper Svaneti – Mestia District, Georgia Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery – Kutaisi, Georgia White City of Tel-Aviv – the Modern Movement -Tel-Aviv, Israel Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls – Jerusalem District Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route – Bethlehem, Palestine Land of Olives and Vines: Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem – Battir, Palestine Masada – Masada, Israel Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev – Avdat, Israel Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves – Maresha, Israel Biblical Tels: Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba – Megiddo, Israel Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal – Bet She’arim, Israel Old City of Acre – Acre, Israel Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee – Haifa, Israel Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces – Lavaux, Switzerland Pampulha Modern Ensemble – Belo Horizonte, Brazil Historic Town of Ouro Preto – Ouro Preto, Brazil Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas – Congonhas, Brazil Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Iguaçu National Park – Paraná State, Brazil Iguazu National Park – Misiones Province, Argentina Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis – San Ignacio Mini, Argentina Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento – Colonia, Uruguay The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement – La Plata, Argentina Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba – Cordoba, Argentina Quebrada de Humahuaca – Purmamarca, Argentina City of Potosí – Potosí, Bolivia Historic City of Sucre – Sucre, Bolivia Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture – Province of Ingavi, Bolivia Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa – Nasca, Peru Chavin (Archaeological Site) – Chavin, Peru Huascarán National Park – Huaraz, Peru Chan Chan Archaeological Zone – Huanchacho, Peru Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca – Cuenca, Ecuador San Agustín Archaeological Park – San Agustin, Colombia National Archeological Park of Tierradentro – San Andres de Pisimbalá, Colombia Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia – Armenia, Colombia Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox – Mompox, Colombia Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena – Cartagena, Colombia Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá – Panama City, Panama Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo – Portobelo, Panama Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection – Veraguas, Panama Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park – Cerro Punta, Panama Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquís – Palmar Norte, Costa Rica Area de Conservación Guanacaste – Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Costa Rica León Cathedral – León, Nicaragua Ruins of León Viejo – Puerto Momotombo, Nicaragua Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site – Department of La Libertad, El Salvador Antigua Guatemala – Antigua, Guatemala Maya Site of Copan – Copan, Honduras Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua – Quirigua Ruins, Guatemala Tikal National Park – Peten, Guatemala Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System – Turneffe Atoll, Belize Sian Ka’an – Quintana Roo, Mexico Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza – Etat de Yucatan, Mexico Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal – Uxmal, Mexico Historic Fortified Town of Campeche – Campeche, Mexico Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque – Palenque, Mexico Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca – Yagul, Mexico Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán – Oaxaca City, Mexico Historic Centre of Puebla – Puebla City, Mexico Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro – Conca, Mexico Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro – Querétaro City, Mexico Camino Real de Tierra Adentro – Queretaro, Mexico Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines – Guanajuato, Mexico Historic Centre of Zacatecas – Zacatecas, Mexico Hospicio Cabañas – Guadalajara, Mexico Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila – Tequila, Mexico Everglades National Park – Florida, United States of America Historic Centre of Morelia – Morelia, Mexico El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City – Papantla, Mexico Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) – Mexico City, Mexico Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco – Morelos Mexico Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl – Cuernavaca, Mexico Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System – Santiago Tepeyahualco, Mexico Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan – Teotihuacan, Mexico Luis Barragán House and Studio – Mexico City, Mexico Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco – Mexico City, Mexico San Antonio Missions – San Antonio, United States of America Old Havana and its Fortification System – Havana, Cuba Viñales Valley – Pinar del Rio, Cuba Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos – Cienfuegos, Cuba Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios – Sancti Spiritus Province, Cuba Historic Centre of Camagüey – Camagüey, Cuba Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba – Cafetal la Isabelica, La Gran Piedra, Cuba San Pedro de la Roca Castle – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba Alejandro de Humboldt National Park – Guantanamo Province, Cuba Independence Hall – Philadelphia, United States of America Historic District of Old Québec – Québec, Canada Rideau Canal – Ottawa, Canada Bryggen – Bergen, Norway Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Kiev, Ukraine L’viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre – Lviv, Ukraine Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine – Zhovka-Tserkva of the Holy Trinity, Ukraine Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans – Chernivtsi, Ukraine Golestan Palace – Tehran, Iran Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex – Tabriz, Iran Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil – Ardabil, Iran The Persian Garden – Chehel Sotoun, Iran Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan – Isfahan, Iran Meidan Emam, Esfahan – Esfahan, Iran Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System – Shushtar, Iran Tchogha Zanbil – Khuzestn, Iran Susa – Shoosh, Iran Pasargadae – Pars Province, Iran Persepolis – Fars, Iran Lut Desert – Kerman, Iran Bam and its Cultural Landscape – Bam, Iran Historic City of Yazd – Yazd, Iran The Persian Qanat – Yazd, Iran Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca – Malacca, Malaysia Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi, Vietnam Ha Long Bay – Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam Trang An Landscape Complex – Ninh Binh, Vietnam Complex of Hué Monuments – Hue, Vietnam Hoi An Ancient Town – Hoi An, Vietnam My Son Sanctuary – Quang Nam Province, Vietnam Baroque Churches of the Philippines – Manila, Phillipines
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