With over 1000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the globe it is hard to choose just a few to fit into this list. A World Heritage site is a place that is of specific cultural or physical significance. There are many sites that you wouldn’t think of as significant but that is what makes them even more interesting.
Angkor is a dedication to the Hindu god Vishnu and is located in the Cambodian Jungle. The site serves as the home of the Khmer Empire, which lasted between the 9th and 15th centuries and is home to the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple. The ruins still stand today and are visited by a plethora of visitors each year
This Grecian citadel was constructed in the 5th century BC and overlooks the city of Athens. In its history the site has been attacked many times by various different civilisations such as the Venetians. It is remarkable how this site is still standing after everything that it has been to. We love Greek history and would love to be able to visit the Acropolis in the future!
Petra was founded by the Western world in the 18 hundreds and soon millions knew of its beauty. It is famous for its architecture, that is hand carved out of the orange stone, and water conduit system. Petra tops a lot of “must-see” lists, making it Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction. UNESCO itself has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage” and we can see why!
Easter Island is famous for its Moai statues, created by the Rapa Nui people. This Chilean island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and much of it is protected within Rapa Nui National Park where the Moai statues stand.
Old City, Jerusalem
The Old City is a walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem and is home to several sites of key religious importance: the dome of the Rock, al-Asqa Mosque, the Temple Mount, Western Wall for Jews and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians. With great religious significance dating back to biblical times, it is no wonder that the old city of Jerusalem.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
One of the most iconic buildings in Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral, is one of the best preserved examples of gothic architecture in the world. There is a myth that a hunchback used to live in the Cathedral and ring the bells, which inspired the Disney film portrayal of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Some say that you can still see his ghost in the bell towers. Luckily, Notre Dame it is free to walk around and so is a must-do when visiting Paris.
The Pitons, St Lucia
If you are looking for a definition of Instagram Goals, it would be this place. One of the most naturally beautiful sites in the Caribbean, the Pitons are two volcanic mountains that rise out of the sea. They kind of remind us of the Pixar short film, Lava. The pair of volcanoes have the nicknames Gros Piton and Petit Piton and sit on the coast near to Soufriere, Saint Lucia.
Statue of Liberty, New York City
The statue of Liberty is one of the most recognised and beloved monuments in the US. It was once a beacon of hope for travellers and immigrants arriving in America in the 18 hundreds, although it looked a little different back then. Lady Liberty has aged well seeing that she is made from copper, so was once brown in colour before turning the blue you see today. Visitors can walk to the top for spectacular views of Manhattan from Lady Liberty’s crown.
Los Glasciares National Park, Argentina
Glaciers are the last thing you would expect to see in Argentina but you would be surprised to hear that they have A LOT of them. Located in the south of Patagonia, Los Glaciares National covers a huge 726,927 hectares, making it the largest ice sheet that exists outside of Antartica!
Graeme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey
The Graeme National Park is located in a remote part of Turkey that is easily accessible when travelling from Istanbul.The infamous rock formations were sculpted over many years due to erosion to create the epic landscapes of today. As well as these formations, there are also underground towns and ancient villages to be explored and pretty pictures to be taken.
How many UNESCO sites have you crossed off your list?