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Why visit UNESCO World Heritage sites?


Why visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

Following the destruction, or damage to, of so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in recent years – the Buddhas of Bamiyan and Palmyra come immediately to mind – through wars, natural events such as earthquakes or in the name of progress (demolished for railway lines for example) I started thinking about how many sites I had seen or even knew were UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

I was pretty gobsmacked when I looked at the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the UK – so many places I hadn’t even realised were listed sites: I used to live 30 miles from Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford!

So I started putting together a definitive list of all the places I have visited and links to the subsequent articles I have written about many of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is my aim to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites as much as possible when I travel (and probably drive my husband potty at the same time!!)

If you have a particular interest in reading about one site I have listed them by continent and country below.


What are UNESCO World Heritage Sites?


The UNESCO World Heritage Sites website states:

”What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.”

”The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972.”

My aim in 2016 was to visit as many of the 29 UNESCO World Sites in the UK and overseas territories. There are a few I doubted I would be able to get to (the Inaccessible Islands kind of speak for themselves!) and no-one sponsored me to visit Bermuda so I didn’t get there either but I did manage 14 sites!

I think this quote from the UNESCO says it perfectly:

”Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”


 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES VISITED = 62/1092


UNESCO World Heritage Sites Around the World featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time


 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN EUROPE (413)


 

15 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe to visit
15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK to visit
A view from the past - 10 world cities in the 1800's

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN NORWAY (2/8)


1. Bergen

An ultimate guide to visiting Bergen in Norway

2. West Norwegian fjords

Best things to do in Flam and Gudvangen in Norway

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN ITALY (6/53)


1. Historic centre of Rome

Top sights to add to your itinerary for Rome Italy
My top ten travel tips for Italy

 

2. Historic centre of Florence

What to See and Do in 2 days in Florence

 

3. Vatican City

5 reasons to visit Rome Italy

 

4. Venice and it’s lagoon

A guide to the best things to do in Venice Italy
Essential tips and things to know when visiting Venice (including 2 maps)

 

5. Archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Anunziata

A guide to things to do on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

 

6. The Last Supper

One day in Milan - an itinerary to make the most of your visit!

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN AUSTRIA (2/10)


1. Historic centre of Vienna

2. Historic centre of Salzburg

20 Best Destinations in Europe to Visit (Part 1)

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN HUNGARY (1/8)


1. Budapest

25 of the Best Cities in Europe (to add to your bucket list)

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SWITZERLAND (2/12)


1. Old city of Bern

2.The Bernina Landscape

A guide to traveling on the Bernina Express

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN FRANCE (3/43)


1. Palace and park of Versailles

2. Pont du Gard (Roman Aquaduct)

3. Paris, banks of the Seine

Top tips when visiting Paris France for the first time

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN MALTA (2/3)


1. The Megalithic Temples

2. City of Valletta

Visiting Malta - your complete guide (what to see and do)

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SPAIN (2/45)


1.Barcelona

2. Teide National Park


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN CZECH REPUBLIC (1/12)


1. Historic centre of Prague

Ultimate guide to things to do in Prague in winter
A time traveller's tale

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN GERMANY (2/41)


1. Cologne Cathedral

 2.Museum Island – Berlin

Top things to do in Berlin for your ultimate Berlin itinerary

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN CROATIA (4/8)


1. Dubrovnik

The Best Croatia Itinerary: Dubrovnik to Zagreb
Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik in Croatia

2. Split

3. Sibenek

4. Trogir

A guide to visiting Trogir and Šibenik

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (1/3)


1. Mostar

How to enjoy a Bosnia day trip from Dubrovnik Croatia

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN MONTENEGRO (1/4)


1. Kotor

A Montenegro day trip from Dubrovnik Croatia

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN THE NETHERLANDS (1/10)


1. Amsterdam


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN UNITED KINGDOM (18/31)


There are a total of 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK and British Overseas Territories. Of the 31 UK World Heritage Sites I have been to 18. Find related posts about many of the sites below.

4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Northern England to visit
What to see and do when visiting Cromford Mills in Derbyshire
A weekend visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in London
All you need to know about visiting Ironbridge Gorge
Visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew London
A guide of things to do in Saltaire
Visiting Blenheim Palace a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stonehenge
Visiting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in England
A Lake District Itinerary - what to see and do in one day
  • Bath

  • Liverpool

  • Jurassic Coast

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA


  • The Statue of Liberty

My all time top ten New York sights


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN AFRICA(4)


  • Great Zimbabwe National Monument

  • Matobo Hills

  • Makoti-Drakensburg Park

  • Cape Floral Protected Areas

Things to do in Cape Town South Africa - an insider guide
Cape Town to Cairo - A journey through Africa
10 fabulous reasons to visit South Africa


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN ASIA(3)


  • Singapore Botanical Gardens

A guide to visiting the Singapore National Orchid Garden
Two beautiful gardens - Singapore and Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens
10 must visit Singapore film locations seen in Crazy Rich Asians
  • Historic City of Ayutthaya (2017)

  • George Town Penang (2017)

The Ultimate Guide to Street Art in Penang Malaysia
Travel bloggers choose their top 6 places to visit in Malaysia

 


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN AUSTRALIA (5/19)


A guide to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia
  • Sydney

  • Great Barrier Reef

A review of our Whitehaven Beach Day Trip with Cruise Whitsundays
  • Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

  • Wet Tropics of Queensland

Top 10 things to do in Port Douglas
  • Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

Your ultimate guide to visiting Uluru - the red heart of Australia

Do you visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites? If so which are your favourites so far? Leave a comment below – I am always interested to find out about sites I have yet to visit as well as opinions on those I have already seen.


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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Around the World featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time: the Statue of Liberty



 

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