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'World Heritage is neither a beauty contest, nor a race among countries for the greatest number of sites' - Irina Bokova (Bulgarian diplomat who became the first woman to lead UNESCO forward).

We could probably call the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and World Heritage Cities the mother of all lists of places to see before you die.

Forbidden City, Beijing Stonehenge, UNESCO World Heritage Site Samarkand, Uzbekistan Statue of Liberty, New York

40 Years of  World Heritage

On November 16th, 1972, the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention).

Riomagiorre - UNESCO World Heritage, Cinque Terre, Italy
UNESCO World Heritage List: Riomagiorre - Cinque Terre, Italy.

Under the provisions of this Convention, the UNESCO World Heritage Intergovernmental Committee each year inscribes on the World Heritage List natural or cultural sites which must be submitted for listing by member States that have signed the Convention.

The World Heritage List

The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

I don't know if anyone has visited everywhere on this list, or if anyone could, but there's plenty of variety on there for even the most jaded of world travellers.

While driving from Pannonhalma to Salzburg, at the beginning of 2012, I made a vow that we'd try to visit (and write about) more UNESCO World Heritage Sites and World Heritage Cities in the years ahead.

To help others learn and appreciate more about the world we live in and the collective culture we inherit, I'd also like to add some of my material and thoughts on the places I've already visited; although not all of them had the UNESCO seal of approval at the time.

Although counted as one by UNESCO, some of the collections of sites may be listed more than once in this list, if they stradle the borders of neighbouring countries.

It looks like I've visited around 220 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List and been to just over 100 of the World Heritage Cities.

World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to UNESCO World Heritage Sites The World’s Heritage

World Heritage Sites - Cultural Heritage.

List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.
Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam.

Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra.

Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad.
Kasbah of Algiers.
M'Zab Valley.
Tassili n'Ajjer.

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley.

Cueva de las Manos, R�o Pinturas.
Iguazu National Park. Visited
Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks.
Jesuit Block and Estancias of C�rdoba. Visited
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Se�ora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor.
Los Glaciares.
Pen�nsula Vald�s.
Quebrada de Humahuaca.

Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin Visited and Archaeological Site of Zvartnots.
Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin.
Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley.

Australian Convict Sites.
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte).
Fraser Island.
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
Great Barrier Reef. Visited
Greater Blue Mountains Area.
Heard and McDonald Islands.
Kakadu National Park. Visited
Lord Howe Island Group.
Macquarie Island.
Ningaloo Coast.
Purnululu National Park.
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.
Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Tasmanian Wilderness.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visited
Wet Tropics of Queensland.
Willandra Lakes Region.
Sydney Opera House. Visited

City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg. Visited
Fert� / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape. Visited
Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape. Visited
Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg. Visited
Historic Centre of Vienna. Visited
Palace and Gardens of Sch�nbrunn. Visited
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps.
Semmering Railway.
Wachau Cultural Landscape.

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape.
Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower. Visited

Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy (2012).
Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun.

Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat.
Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur.
The Sundarbans.

Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.

Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest.
Mir Castle Complex.
Struve Geodetic Arc.

Belfries of Belgium and France.
Flemish B�guinages.
Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre, La Louvi�re and Le Roeulx (Hainault).
Historic Centre of Brugge. Visited
La Grand-Place, Brussels. Visited
Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (2012).
Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels).
Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons).
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai.
Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex.
Stoclet House.

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. Visited

Royal Palaces of Abomey. Visited

City of Potos�. Visited
Fuerte de Samaipata.
Historic City of Sucre. Visited
Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos. Visited
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.
Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture.

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mehmed Paša Sokolovic Bridge in Višegrad.
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar. Visited


Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves.
Brasilia. Visited
Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves.
Central Amazon Conservation Complex. Visited
Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks.
Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves.
Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia. Visited
Historic Centre of S�o Lu�s.
Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina. Visited
Historic Centre of the Town of Goi�s. Visited
Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda. Visited
Historic Town of Ouro Preto. Visited
Igua�u National Park. Visited
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes.
Pantanal Conservation Area. Visited
Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between  Mountain and Sea (2012). Visited
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas. Visited
S�o Francisco Square in the Town of S�o Crist�v�o.
Serra da Capivara National Park.

Ancient City of Nessebar.
Boyana Church.
Madara Rider.
Pirin National Park.
Rila Monastery. Visited
Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo.
Srebarna Nature Reserve.
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak.
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari.

Burkina Faso:
Ruins of Lorop�ni.

Temple of Preah Vihear.

Dja Faunal Reserve.
Sangha Trinational (2012).

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.
Dinosaur Provincial Park.
Gros Morne National Park.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.
Historic District of Old Qu�bec. Visited
Joggins Fossil Cliffs.
Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek.
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.
Landscape of Grand Pr� (2012).
Miguasha National Park.
Nahanni National Park.
Old Town Lunenburg.
Rideau Canal. Visited
SGang Gwaay.
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.
Wood Buffalo National Park.

Cape Verde:
Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande.

Central African Republic:
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park.
Sangha Trinational (2012).

Lakes of Ounianga (2012).

Churches of Chilo�.
Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valpara�so. Visited
Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works.
Rapa Nui National Park.
Sewell Mining Town.

Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains.
Ancient City of Ping Yao.
Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun.
Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom.
Chengjiang Fossil Site (2012).
China Danxia.
Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Visited
Dazu Rock Carvings.
Fujian Tulou.
Historic Centre of Macao. Visited
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa.
Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in 'The Centre of Heaven and Earth'.
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area.
Imperial Palaces of Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang. Visited
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area.
Kaiping Diaolou and Villages.
Longmen Grottoes.
Lushan National Park.
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
Mogao Caves.
Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area. Visited
Mount Huangshan.
Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System.
Mount Sanqingshan National Park.
Mount Taishan.
Mount Wutai.
Mount Wuyi.
Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde.
Old Town of Lijiang.
Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian.
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains.
Site of Xanadu (2012).
South China Karst.
Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing. Visited
Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu.
Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing. Visited
The Great Wall. Visited
Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas.
West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou. Visited
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area.
Yin Xu.
Yungang Grottoes.

Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. Visited
Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox.
Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena. Visited
Los Kat�os National Park.
Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary.
National Archeological Park of Tierradentro.
San Agust�n Archaeological Park.

Sangha Trinational (2012)

Costa Rica:
Area de Conservaci�n Guanacaste.
Cocos Island National Park.
Historic Town of Grand-Bassam (2012).
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park.

C�te d'Ivoire:
Como� National Park.
Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve.
Ta� National Park.

Episcopal Complex of Euphrasian Basilica - Historic Centre of Porec. Visited
Historic City of Trogir. Visited
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian. Visited
Old City of Dubrovnik. Visited
Plitvice Lakes National Park. Visited
The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik. Visited
Stari Grad Plain.

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park.
Archaeological Landscape of First Coffee Plantations in S-E Cuba.
Desembarco del Granma National Park.
Historic Centre of Camag�ey.
Old Havana and its Fortifications. Visited
San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba.
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios.
Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos.
Vi�ales Valley.

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region.

Czech Republic:
Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec.
Gardens and Castle at Kromer�ž.
Historic Centre of Cesk� Krumlov. Visited
Historic Centre of Prague. Visited
Historic Centre of Telc. Visited
Holašovice Historical Village Reservation. Visited
Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc. Visited
Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Treb�c. Visited
Kutn� Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. Visited
Litomyšl Castle.
Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelen� Hora.
Tugendhat Villa in Brno. Visited

Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Garamba National Park.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
Okapi Wildlife Reserve.
Salonga National Park.
Virunga National Park.

Ilulissat Icefjord.
Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church.
Kronborg Castle.
Roskilde Cathedral.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

Dominican Republic:
Colonial City of Santo Domingo. Visited

City of Quito. Visited
Gal�pagos Islands.
Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los R�os de Cuenca. Visited
Sangay National Park.

Abu Mena.
Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis. Visited
Historic Cairo. Visited
Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur. Visited
Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae. Visited
Saint Catherine Area. Visited
Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley).

El Salvador:
Joya de Cer�n Archaeological Site.

Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn.
Struve Geodetic Arc.

Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region.
Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town.
Konso Cultural Landscape.
Lower Valley of the Awash.
Lower Valley of the Omo.
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela.
Simien National Park.

Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenm�ki.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago.
Old Rauma.
Pet�j�vesi Old Church.
Struve Geodetic Arc.
Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:
Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region.

Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe.
Amiens Cathedral. Visited
Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments. Visited
Belfries of Belgium and France.
Bordeaux, Port of the Moon. Visited
Bourges Cathedral. Visited
Canal du Midi. Visited
Causses & C�vennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape. Visited
Chartres Cathedral. Visited
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay. Visited
Episcopal City of Albi. Visited
Fortifications of Vauban. Visited
Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans. Visited
Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve.
Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Bridge. Visited
Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. Visited
Historic Site of Lyons. Visited
Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion. Visited
Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems.
Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret. Visited
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay. Visited
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (2012).
Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-R�mi and Palace of Tau, Reims. Visited
Palace and Park of Fontainebleau. Visited
Palace and Park of Versailles. Visited
Paris, Banks of the Seine. Visited
Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island.
Place Stanislas, Place de la Carri�re and Place d'Alliance in Nancy. Visited
Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct). Visited
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps.
Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the V�z�re Valley.
Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs.
Pyr�n�es - Mont Perdu. Visited
Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the 'Triumphal Arch' of Orange. Visited
Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France. Visited
Strasbourg – Grande �le. Visited
The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes. Visited
V�zelay, Church and Hill. Visited

Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lop�-Okanda.

Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites. Visited
Stone Circles of Senegambia.

Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery.
Historical Monuments of Mtskheta.
Upper Svaneti.

Aachen Cathedral. Visited
Abbey and Altenm�nster of Lorsch.
Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau.
Berlin Modernism Housing Estates.
Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Br�hl.
Classical Weimar.
Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg.
Cologne Cathedral. Visited
Dresden Elbe Valley - Delisted 2009. Visited
Fagus Factory in Alfeld.
Frontiers of the Roman Empire.
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-W�rlitz.
Hanseatic City of L�beck.
Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar.
Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg.
Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof. Visited
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps. Visited
Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (2012).
Maulbronn Monastery Complex.
Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System.
Messel Pit Fossil Site.
Monastic Island of Reichenau. Visited
Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin. Visited
Muskauer Park / Park Muzakowski.
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin. Visited
Pilgrimage Church of Wies.
Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany.
Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier.
Speyer Cathedral.
St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim.
The Wadden Sea.
Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen.
Town of Bamberg.
Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Visited
V�lklingen Ironworks.
W�rzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square. Visited
Wartburg Castle.
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen.

Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions. Visited
Asante Traditional Buildings. Visited

Acropolis, Athens. Visited
Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina).
Archaeological Site of Delphi. Visited
Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns.
Archaeological Site of Mystras.
Archaeological Site of Olympia. Visited
Historic Centre (Chor�) with the Monastery of Saint John.
Medieval City of Rhodes.
Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios.
Mount Athos.
Old Town of Corfu. Visited
Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika.
Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos.
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus.
Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae.

Antigua Guatemala. Visited
Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.
Tikal National Park. Visited

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve.

National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers.

Holy See:
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura. Visited
Vatican City. Visited

Maya Site of Copan. Visited
R�o Pl�tano Biosphere Reserve.

Hortobagy - Longest Stone Bridge in Hungary
Hortob�gy - Longest Stone Bridge in Hungary

Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andr�ssy Avenue. Visited
Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst.
Early Christian Necropolis of P�cs (Sopianae). Visited
Hortob�gy National Park - the Puszta. Visited
Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment. Visited
Old Village of Holl�ko and its Surroundings. Visited
Fert� / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape. Visited
Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape. Visited

�ingvellir National Park.

Agra Fort. Visited
Ajanta Caves.
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi.
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) - Mumbai. Visited
Churches and Convents of Goa. Visited
Elephanta Caves.
Ellora Caves.
Fatehpur Sikri.
Great Living Chola Temples.
Group of Monuments at Hampi.
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal.
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi.
Kaziranga National Park.
Keoladeo National Park.
Khajuraho Group of Monuments.
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya. Visited
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary.
Mountain Railways of India.
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks.
Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi. Visited
Red Fort Complex. Visited
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka.
Sun Temple, Kon�rak.
Sundarbans National Park.
Taj Mahal. Visited
The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. Visited
Western Ghats (2012)

Borobudur Temple Compounds.
Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy (2012). Visited
Komodo National Park.
Lorentz National Park.
Prambanan Temple Compounds.
Sangiran Early Man Site.
Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.
Ujung Kulon National Park.

Iran (Islamic Republic of):
Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran.
Bam and its Cultural Landscape.
Gonbad-e Qabus (2012).
Masjed-e Jam� of Isfahan (2012).
Meidan Emam, Esfahan.
Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil.
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System.
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex.
Takht-e Soleyman.
Tchogha Zanbil.
The Persian Garden.

Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat).
Samarra Archaeological City.

Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne.
Skellig Michael.

Bah�’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee.
Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba.
Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev.
Masada. Visited
Old City of Acre.
Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves (2012).
White City of Tel-Aviv - the Modern Movement. Visited

18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex.
Archaeological Area of Agrigento.
Archaeological Area and Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia.
Archaeological Areas of Pompei Visited, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata.
Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites. Visited
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua.
Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena. Visited
Castel del Monte - Bari.
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie - Rome.
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula.
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto. Visited
Costiera Amalfitana.
Crespi d'Adda.
Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna. Visited
Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia.
Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta. Visited
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli. Visited
Historic Centre of Florence. Visited
Historic Centre of Naples. Visited
Historic Centre of Pienza.
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura. Visited
Historic Centre of San Gimignano.
Historic Centre of Siena. Visited
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily).
Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.).  Visited
Mantua and Sabbioneta.
Monte San Giorgio.
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa. Visited
Portovenere, Cinque Terre Visited, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto).
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps.
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy.
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes. Visited
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica.
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy. Visited
Su Nuraxi di Barumini.
Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica.
The Dolomites. Visited
The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera.
The Trulli of Alberobello.
Venice and its Lagoon. Visited
Villa Romana del Casale.
Historic Centre of Urbino. Visited
Villa Adriana (Tivoli).
City of Verona. Visited
Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands).
Villa d'Este, Tivoli.
Val d'Orcia.

Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area.
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.
Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land.
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities). Visited
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara. Visited
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome). Visited
Ogasawara Islands.
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine.
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape.
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
Shrines and Temples of Nikko.

Jerusalem: (Site proposed by Jordan)
Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls. Visited

Petra. Visited
Quseir Amra.
Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a).
Wadi Rum Protected Area. Visited

Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.
Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly.
Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan.

Fort Jesus, Mombasa.
Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley.
Lake Turkana National Parks.
Lamu Old Town.
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest.
Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests.

Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of: (North)
Complex of Koguryo Tombs.

Korea, Republic of: (South)
Changdeokgung Palace Complex. Visited
Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites.
Gyeongju Historic Areas.
Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks.
Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong.
Hwaseong Fortress.
Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.
Jongmyo Shrine.
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Visited
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple.

Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain.

Lao People's Democratic Republic:
Town of Luang Prabang.
Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape.

Historic Centre of Riga.
Struve Geodetic Arc.

Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab).

Archaeological Site of Cyrene.
Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna.
Archaeological Site of Sabratha.
Old Town of Ghadam�s.
Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus.

Curonian Spit.
Kernave Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernave).
Struve Geodetic Arc.
Vilnius Historic Centre.

City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications. Visited

Rainforests of the Atsinanana.
Royal Hill of Ambohimanga.
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve.

Chongoni Rock-Art Area.
Lake Malawi National Park. Visited

Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley (2012).
Gunung Mulu National Park.
Kinabalu Park. Visited
Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca. Visited

Old Towns of Djenn�. Visited
Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons).
Tomb of Askia.

City of Valletta.
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.
Megalithic Temples of Malta.

Marshall Islands:
Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site.

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata.
Banc d'Arguin National Park.

Aapravasi Ghat.
Le Morne Cultural Landscape.

Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila.
Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche.
Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco.
Archaeological Zone of Paquim�, Casas Grandes.
Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Aut�noma de M�xico.
Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl.
El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City.
Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Quer�taro.
Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco. Visited
Historic Centre of Morelia.
Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Alb�n. Visited
Historic Centre of Puebla.
Historic Centre of Zacatecas.
Historic Fortified Town of Campeche.
Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan.
Historic Monuments Zone of Quer�taro.
Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines.
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California.
Luis Barrag�n House and Studio.
Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza. Visited
Hospicio Caba�as, Guadalajara.
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque. Visited
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan. Visited
Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal.
Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca.
Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jes�s Nazareno de Atotonilco.
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco.
Sian Ka'an.
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino.

Struve Geodetic Arc.

Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape.
Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai.
Uvs Nuur Basin.

Durmitor National Park.
Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor. Visited

Archaeological Site of Volubilis.
Historic City of Meknes.
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.
Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador).
Medina of Fez.
Medina of Marrakesh.
Medina of T�touan (formerly known as Titawin).
Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida).
Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage (2012).

Island of Mozambique.

Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings.

Chitwan National Park.
Kathmandu Valley.
Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha.
Sagarmatha National Park.

Defence Line of Amsterdam.
Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder).
Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Cura�ao.
Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station).
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout.
Rietveld Schr�derhuis (Rietveld Schr�der House).
Schokland and Surroundings.
Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht. Visited
The Wadden Sea.

New Zealand:
New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands.
Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand.
Tongariro National Park.

Le�n Cathedral. Visited
Ruins of Le�n Viejo. Visited

Air and T�n�r� Natural Reserves.
W National Park of Niger.

Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove.
Sukur Cultural Landscape.

Rock Art of Alta.
R�ros Mining Town and the Circumference.
Struve Geodetic Arc.
Urnes Stave Church.
Vega�yan - The Vega Archipelago.
West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and N�r�yfjord.

Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman.
Arabian Oryx Sanctuary - Delisted 2007.
Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn.
Bahla Fort.
Land of Frankincense.

Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro.
Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol.
Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore. Visited
Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta.
Rohtas Fort.

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (2012).

Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (2012). Visited

Archaeological Site of Panam� Viejo and Historic District of Panam�. Visited
Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection. Visited
Darien National Park.
Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo. Visited
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park.

Papua New Guinea:
Kuk Early Agricultural Site.

Jesuit Missions of La Sant�sima Trinidad de Paran� and Jes�s de Tavarangue.  Visited

Chan Chan Archaeological Zone.
Chavin (Archaeological Site).
City of Cuzco. Visited
Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa. Visited
Historic Centre of Lima. Visited
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Visited
Huascar�n National Park.
Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana.
Man� National Park.
R�o Abiseo National Park.
Sacred City of Caral-Supe.

Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
Historic Town of Vigan.
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. Visited
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

Auschwitz Birkenau (Nazi Concentration Camp 1940-1945).
Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest.
Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork.
Centennial Hall in Wroclaw.
Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica.
Cracow's Historic Centre. Visited
Historic Centre of Warsaw. Visited
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park.
Medieval Town of Torun. Visited
Muskauer Park / Park Muzakowski.
Old City of Zamosc.
Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland. Visited

Alto Douro Wine Region.
Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores.
Convent of Christ in Tomar.
Cultural Landscape of Sintra.
Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications (2012).
Historic Centre of �vora.
Historic Centre of Guimar�es.
Historic Centre of Oporto.
Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture.
Laurisilva of Madeira.
Monastery of Alcoba�a.
Monastery of Batalha.
Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Bel�m in Lisbon.
Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the C�a Valley and Siega Verde.

Churches of Moldavia.
Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains.
Danube Delta. Visited
Historic Centre of Sighisoara. Visited
Monastery of Horezu.
Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania. Visited
Wooden Churches of Maramures.

Russian Federation:
Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad.
Central Sikhote-Alin.
Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye.
Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent.
Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands.
Curonian Spit.
Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent.
Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery.
Golden Mountains of Altai.
Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin.
Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl.
Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments. Visited
Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings.
Kizhi Pogost.
Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow. Visited
Lake Baikal.
Lena Pillars Nature Park (2012).
Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve.
Putorana Plateau.
Struve Geodetic Arc.
Virgin Komi Forests.
Volcanoes of Kamchatka.
Western Caucasus.
White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal.
Uvs Nuur Basin.

Saint Kitts and Nevis:
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park.

Saint Lucia:
Pitons Management Area.

San Marino:
San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano. Visited

Saudi Arabia:
Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Mad�in S�lih).
At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah.

Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes (2012).
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary.
Island of Gor�e. Visited
Island of Saint-Louis.
Niokolo-Koba National Park.
Saloum Delta.
Stone Circles of Senegambia.

Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius.
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo.
Stari Ras and Sopocani.
Studenica Monastery.

Aldabra Atoll.
Vall�e de Mai Nature Reserve.

Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve.
Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst.
Historic Town of Bansk� Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity.
Levoca, Spišsk� Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments. Visited
Primeval Beech Forests of Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany.
Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area. Visited

Heritage of Mercury: Idrija (2012).
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps.
Škocjan Caves.

Solomon Islands:
East Rennell.

South Africa:
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas.
Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape.
Robben Island.
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape.
uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park.
Vredefort Dome.

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayz�n, Granada.
Aranjuez Cultural Landscape.
Archaeological Ensemble of M�rida.
Archaeological Ensemble of T�rraco.
Archaeological Site of Atapuerca.
Burgos Cathedral.
Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Bo�.
Cathedral, Alc�zar and Archivo de Indias in Seville. Visited
Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain.
Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana.
Do�ana National Park.
Garajonay National Park.
Heritage of Mercury: Almad�n (2012).
Historic Centre of Cordoba.
Historic City of Toledo.
Historic Walled Town of Cuenca.
Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture.
La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia.
Las M�dulas.
Palau de la M�sica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona.
Pyr�n�es - Mont Perdu.
Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid.
Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias.
Mudejar Architecture of Aragon.
Old City of Salamanca.
Old Town of �vila with its Extra-Muros Churches.
Old Town of C�ceres.
Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct.
Palmeral of Elche.
Poblet Monastery.
Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the C�a Valley and Siega Verde.
Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of �beda and Baeza.
Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula.
Roman Walls of Lugo.
Route of Santiago de Compostela.
Royal Monastery of Santa Mar�a de Guadalupe.
San Crist�bal de La Laguna.
San Mill�n Yuso and Suso Monasteries.
Santiago de Compostela (Old Town).
Teide National Park.
Tower of Hercules.
University and Historic Precinct of Alcal� de Henares.
Vizcaya Bridge.
Works of Antoni Gaud�.

Sri Lanka:
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa.
Ancient City of Sigiriya.
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Golden Temple of Dambulla.
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications.
Sacred City of Anuradhapura.
Sacred City of Kandy.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe.
Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region.

Central Suriname Nature Reserve.
Historic Inner City of Paramaribo.

Agricultural Landscape of Southern �land.
Birka and Hovg�rden.
Church Village of Gammelstad, Lule�.
Decorated Farmhouses of H�lsingland (2012).
Engelsberg Ironworks.
Hanseatic Town of Visby.
High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago.
Laponian Area.
Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun.
Naval Port of Karlskrona.
Rock Carvings in Tanum.
Royal Domain of Drottningholm.
Struve Geodetic Arc.
Varberg Radio Station.

Benedictine Convent of St John at M�stair. Visited
Convent of St Gall. Visited
La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning. Visited
Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces. Visited
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps. Visited
Monte San Giorgio. Visited
Old City of Berne. Visited
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes. Visited
Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Visited
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona. Visited
Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of Bellinzona. Visited

Syrian Arab Republic:
Ancient City of Aleppo.
Ancient City of Bosra.
Ancient City of Damascus.
Ancient Villages of Northern Syria.
Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din.
Site of Palmyra.

Proto-urban site of Sarazm.

Kilimanjaro National Park.
Kondoa Rock-Art Sites.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara.
Selous Game Reserve.
Serengeti National Park.
Stone Town of Zanzibar.

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site.
Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.
Historic City of Ayutthaya. Visited
Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns. Visited
Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba.

Amphitheatre of El Jem.
Archaeological Site of Carthage.
Dougga / Thugga.
Ichkeul National Park.
Medina of Sousse.
Medina of Tunis.
Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis.

Archaeological Site of Troy. Visited
City of Safranbolu.
G�reme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia.
Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi.
Hattusha: the Hittite Capital.
Historic Areas of Istanbul. Visited
Nemrut Dag.
Neolithic Site of �atalh�y�k (2012).
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex. Visited

Parthian Fortresses of Nisa.
State Historical and Cultural Park 'Ancient Merv'.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi.

Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Visited
L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre.
Primeval Beech Forests of Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany.
Struve Geodetic Arc.
Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans.

United Arab Emirates:
Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas).

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape.
Blenheim Palace.
Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church. Visited
Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd.
City of Bath.
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. Visited
Derwent Valley Mills.
Dorset and East Devon Coast. Visited
Durham Castle and Cathedral.
Frontiers of the Roman Empire. Visited
Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast.
Gough and Inaccessible Islands.
Heart of Neolithic Orkney.
Henderson Island.
Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda.
Ironbridge Gorge.
Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City. Visited
Maritime Greenwich. Visited
New Lanark.
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. Visited
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal..
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Visited
St Kilda.
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites. Visited
Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey.
Tower of London. Visited
Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church. Visited

United States of America:
Everglades National Park. Visited
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Chaco Culture. Visited
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visited
Grand Canyon National Park.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Independence Hall.
Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek.
La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico. Visited
Mammoth Cave National Park.
Mesa Verde National Park.
Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Olympic National Park.
Pueblo de Taos. Visited
Redwood National and State Parks.
Statue of Liberty. Visited
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.
Yellowstone National Park.
Yosemite National Park.

Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento. Visited

Historic Centre of Bukhara.
Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz.
Itchan Kala.
Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures. Visited

Chief Roi Mata’s Domain.

Venezuela: (Bolivarian Republic of)
Canaima National Park.
Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas.
Coro and its Port. Visited

Viet Nam:
Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi. Visited
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. Visited
Complex of Hu� Monuments. Visited
Ha Long Bay.
Hoi An Ancient Town. Visited
My Son Sanctuary.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Historic Town of Zabid.
Old City of Sana'a.
Old Walled City of Shibam.
Socotra Archipelago.

Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls. Visited

Great Zimbabwe National Monument.
Khami Ruins National Monument.
Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas.
Matobo Hills.
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls. Visited

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Cultural Heritage Sightseeing

We could probably call the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and World Heritage Cities the mother of all lists of places to see before you die.

Official UNESCO World Heritage List:
These include 745 cultural, 188 natural and 29 mixed properties in 157 States Parties. As of September 2012, 190 States Parties have ratified the World Heritage Convention.

There were 26 New Inscribed Properties in 2012.

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Organisation of World Heritage Cities:
Founded during the Second International Symposium of World Heritage Cities at Fez (Morocco) in 1993.

Acre - Israel.
Albi- France. Visited
Alcal� de Henares -Spain.
Aleppo - Syrian Arab Republic.
Algiers - Algeria.
Amsterdam - Netherlands. Visited
Andong - South Korea.
Angra do Hero�smo - Portugal.
Antigua - Guatemala. Visited
Aranjuez - Spain.
Arequipa - Peru. Visited
Assisi - Italy. Visited
Avignon - France. Visited
Avila - Spain.
Baeza - Spain.
Baku - Azerbaijan. Visited
Bam - Islamic Republic of Iran.
Bamberg - Germany.
Banska Stiavnica - Slovak Republic.
Bardejov - Slovak Republic.
Bath - United Kingdom.
Beemster - Netherlands.
Berat - Albania.
Bergen - Norway.
Berlin - Germany. Visited
Bern - Switzerland. Visited
Bhaktapur - Nepal.
Biertan - Romania.
Bordeaux - France. Visited
Bosra - Syrian Arab Republic.
Brasilia - Brazil. Visited
Bremen - Germany.
Brugge - Belgium. Visited
Brussels - Belgium. Visited
Budapest - Hungary. Visited
Bukhara - Uzbekistan. Visited
C�ceres - Spain.
Cairo - Egypt. Visited
Caltagirone - Italy.
Camaguey - Cuba.
Campeche - Mexico.
Capriate San Gervasio - Italy.
Carcassonne - France. Visited
Cartagena - Colombia. Visited
Catania - Italy. Visited
Cesky Krumlov - Czech Republic. Visited
Chengde - China.
Chinguetti - Mauritania.
Chor� of Patmos - Greece.
Cidade Velha - Cape Verde.
Cienfuegos - Cuba.
Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay. Visited
Cordoba - Spain.
Corfu - Greece. Visited
Coro - Venezuela. Visited
Cracow - Poland. Visited
Cuenca - Ecuador. Visited
Cuenca - Spain.
Cuzco - Peru. Visited
Dakar - Senegal. Visited
Damascus - Syrian Arab Republic.
Derbent - Russian Federation.
Diamantina - Brazil. Visited
Djenn� - Republic of Mali.
Dubrovnik - Croatia. Visited
Echmiatsin - Armenia. Visited
Edinburgh - United Kingdom. Visited
Essaouira - Morrocco.
�vora - Portugal.
Ferrara - Italy. Visited
Fez - Morrocco.
Florence - Italy. Visited
Galle - Sri Lanka.
Genoa - Italy. Visited
George Town - Malaysia. Visited
Ghadames - Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
Gharda�a - Algeria.
Gjirokastra - Albania.
Goi�s - Brazil. Visited
Goslar - Germany.
Granada - Spain.
Graz - Austria. Visited
Guanajuato - Mexico.
Guimar�es - Portugal.
Hallstatt - Austria.
Harar Jugol - Ethiopia.
Havana - Cuba. Visited
Hoi An - Viet Nam. Visited
Holasovice - Czech Republic. Visited
Hu� - Viet Nam. Visited
Ibiza - Spain.
Island of Mozambique - Mozambique.
Istanbul - Turkey. Visited
Jerusalem - Jerusalem. Visited
Kairouan - Tunisia.
Kandy - Sri Lanka.
Karlskrona - Sweden.
Kashusha - Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kathmandu - Nepal.
Kazan - Russian Federation.
Khiva - Uzbekistan.
Kotor - Republic of Montenegro. Visited
Kutn� Hora - Czech Republic. Visited
Kyoto - Japan. Visited
L'viv - Ukraine.
La Chaux-de-Fonds - Switzerland. Visited
Lalitpur (Patan) - Nepal.
Lamu - Kenya.
Le Havre - France. Visited
Le Locle - Switzerland.
Lijiang - China.
Lima - Peru. Visited
Liverpool - United Kingdom. Visited
Luang Prabang - Laos.
Lunenburg - Canada.
Luxembourg - Luxembourg. Visited
L�beck - Germany.
Lyon - France. Visited
Macao - China. Visited
Mantova - Italy. Visited
Marrakesh - Morrocco.
Matera - Italy.
Mazagan (El Jadida) - Morrocco.
Meknes - Morrocco.
Melaka - Malaysia. Visited
M�rida - Spain.
Mexico City - Mexico. Visited
Militello Val di Catania - Italy.
Modena - Italy. Visited
Modica - Italy.
Mont-Saint-Michel - France. Visited
Morelia - Mexico.
Moscow - Russian Federation. Visited
Mostar - Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visited
Namur - Belgium. Visited
Nancy - France. Visited
Naples - Italy. Visited
Nara - Japan. Visited
Nessebar - Bulgaria.
Noto - Italy.
Novgorod - Russian Federation.
Oaxaca - Mexico. Visited
Ohrid - FYRO Macedonia.
Olinda - Brazil. Visited
Oporto - Portugal.
Ouro Preto - Brazil. Visited
Oviedo - Spain.
Palazzolo Acreide - Italy.
Panama - Panama. Visited
Paramaribo - Suriname. Visited
Paris - France. Visited
Pienza - Italy.
Pingyao - China.
Potosi - Bolivia. Visited
Potsdam - Germany. Visited
Prague - Czech Republic. Visited
Provins - France.
Puebla - Mexico.
Quebec - Canada. Visited
Quedlinburg - Germany.
Quer�taro - Mexico.
Quito - Ecuador. Visited
Ragusa - Italy.
Rauma - Finland.
Regensburg - Germany. Visited
Rhodes - Greece.
Riga - Latvia.
Rome - Italy. Visited
R�ros - Norway.
Sabbioneta - Italy.
Safranbolu - Turkey.
St Petersburg - Russian Federation. Visited
Saint-Louis - Senegal. Visited
Salamanca - Spain.
Salvador de Bahia - Brazil. Visited
Salzburg - Austria. Visited
Samarkand - Uzbekistan. Visited
San Cristobal de La Laguna - Spain.
San Gimignano - Italy.
San Marino - Republic of San Marino. Visited
San Miguel de Allende - Mexico. Visited
Sana'a - Yemen.
Santa Cruz de Mompox - Colombia.
Santiago de Compostela - Spain.
Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic. Visited
S�o Lu�s - Brazil. Visited
Scicli - Italy.
Segovia - Spain.
Shakhrisyabz - Uzbekistan.
Shibam - Yemen.
Shirakawa-Go and Gokayama - Japan.
Siena - Italy. Visited
Sighisoara - Romania. Visited
Sintra - Portugal.
Sousse - Tunisia.
Split - Croatia. Visited
St George - Bermuda.
Stockholm - Sweden.
Stralsund - Germany.
Strasbourg - France. Visited
Sucre - Bolivia. Visited
Surakarta - Indonesia.
Syracuse - Italy.
Tallinn - Estonia.
Tel-Aviv - Israel. Visited
Telc - Czech Republic. Visited
Telford - United Kingdom.
T�touan - Morrocco.
Timbuktu - Republic of Mali.
Tlacotalpan - Mexico.
Toledo - Spain.
Torun - Poland. Visited
Treb�c - Czech Republic. Visited
Trinidad - Cuba.
Trogir - Croatia. Visited
Tunis - Tunisia.
�beda - Spain.
Urbino - Italy. Visited
Valetta - Malta.
Valpara�so - Chile. Visited
Vatican City - Holy See. Visited
Venice - Italy. Visited
Verona - Italy. Visited
Vicenza - Italy. Visited
Vienna - Austria. Visited
Vigan - Philippines.
Vilnius - Lithuania.
Visby - Sweden.
Warsaw - Poland. Visited
Weimar - Germany.
Willemstad - Cura�ao.
Wismar - ermany.
Yaroslavl - Russian Federation.
Zabid - Yemen.
Zacatecas - Mexico.
Zamosc - Poland.
Zanzibar - United Republic of Tanzania.

National Heritage Sites

Archaeological Survey of India:
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.

Australian National Heritage List:
The list includes natural, historic and indigenous places assessed by the Australian Heritage Council against nine criteria.

Bundedenkmalamt �sterreich:
The Austrian Federal Monuments Office, a department of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture is responsible for cultural heritage in Austria.

Centre des Monuments Nationaux:
French government body which conserves, restores, and manages historic buildings and sites which are the property of the French state. Run by the Ministry for Culture and Communication.

Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz:
German private initiative which works for the preservation of cultural heritage in Germany and to promote the idea of cultural heritage management.

English Heritage:
Details of all nationally protected historic places in England, from buildings to battlefields are now available online.

Heritage Council of Ireland:
Heritage is a valuable national asset which must be protected and conserved on an ongoing basis.

Heritage Gateway:
Over 60,000 listing from the National Trust's Historic Buildings, Sites and Monuments Record are now available to search on the Heritage Gateway.

Historic Parks and Gardens in England:
The English Heritage 'Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England', established in 1983, currently identifies over 1,600 sites assessed to be of national importance.

Hong Kong Heritage:
Hong Kong has over 100 historical monuments which need proper preservation.

Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites:
When completed, the initial inventory of heritage sites worthy of protection (ISOS) will contain around 6,000 heritage sites located in the almost 3,000 Swiss municipalities.

Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage:
The ministry is principally concenrned with culture, shows, the protection and preservation of artistic sites and property, landscape, and tourism.

Italia Nostra:
Italian not for profit campaigning organisation, dedicated to the protection and promotion of the country’s historical, artistic and environmental patrimony.

Monuments of Portugal:
Through the Instituto de Gest�o do Patrim�nio Arquitect�nico e Arqueol�gico (IGESPAR), the Portuguese government has developed a registry of national monuments that includes a rich heritage of historical monuments throughout the country.

National Historic Sites of Canada:
Places that have been designated by the Minister of the Environment of Canada, on the advice of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMB), as being of national historic significance.

National Historic Landmark: (United States)
Out of more than 80,000 places on the National Register of Historic Places only about 2,430 are National Historic Landmarks.

National Monuments Record of Scotland:
Maintained by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

National Monuments Record of Wales:
Maintained by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

National Monuments: (United States)
The President of the United States can declare an area of the United States to be a National Monument without the approval of Congress.

National Park Service: (US - NPS)
The U.S. federal agency that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties.

National Register of Historic Places:
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation.

National Trust:
The UK conservation charity protects and opens to the public many historic houses and gardens, as well as industrial monuments and mills.

National Trust For Scotland:
With one world heritage site, 16 islands, 76,000 hectares of countryside, 7 national nature reserves, 26 castles, palaces and country houses, 4 battle sites, 23 wedding venues, 35 gardens, 72 holiday properties, over 50,000 artefacts and 4 birthplaces of famous Scots, there truly is a place for everyone at the National Trust for Scotland.

New Zealand Historic Places Trust:
New Zealand's leading national historic heritage agency and guardian of Aotearoa New Zealand’s national heritage.

Patrimoni Cultural d’Andorra:
Only available in Spanish.

Patrimonio Hist�rico Espa�ol:
Maintained by Spain's Ministerio de Educaci�n, Cultura y Deporte.

Related Cultural Heritage Links

African Natural Heritage Sites:
40 world heritage sites are listed in Africa, under the Convention's natural criteria; with two of these on the island of Madagascar and two in Seychelles. The rest are spread out across the continent, from Cairo to the Cape.

International Council on Monuments and Sites:
ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites.

World Heritage Travel and Photography

Asean World Heritage:
Thai native blogger, Nam Onrit, is on a mission to travel around Southeast Asia; exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites, people, history, natures and cultures.

National Geographic - World Heritage Sites:
With the help of their Facebook, Twitter, and Intelligent Travel blog followers, National Geographic have chosen to feature a collection of thirty World Heritage sites.

Our Place - World Heritage in Photos:
The first official World Heritage Photographic databank.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Gary Arndt:
I've been watching Gary (carrying Everything Everywhere) slowly catch up to my 120 countries visited; and he's only been at this travelling lark since March 2007.

UNESCO World Heritage - Travelpod:
There are some nice discoveries to be made on Travelpod (and some disappointments) that's it's almost like travelling on a voyage of discovery; without a map.

World Heritage Site:
Els Slots, a world traveller based in The Netherlands, aims to visit all UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has plenty of material online already.

World Heritage Sites - Traveling Canucks:
By Nicole and Cameron Wears, a Canadian married couple from Vancouver, British Columbia.

World Monuments Watch: World Monuments Fund on FacebookWorld Monuments on TwitterWorld Monuments Fund on LinkedIn
World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organisation devoted to saving the world’s most treasured places.

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