Last Updated on August 27, 2020

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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 Sites.

I was pretty gobsmacked when I looked at the list of UNESCO 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 Sites.

It is my aim to visit UNESCO 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.”

”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.”

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 UNESCO SITES VISITED SO FAR

62/1121

UNESCO SITES IN EUROPE (413)

UNESCO SITES IN NORWAY (2/8)

UNESCO SITES IN ITALY (6/53)

  • Archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Anunziata

UNESCO SITES IN AUSTRIA (2/10)

  • Historic centre of Vienna
  • Historic centre of Salzburg

UNESCO SITES IN HUNGARY (1/8)

  • Budapest

UNESCO SITES IN SWITZERLAND (2/12)

UNESCO SITES IN FRANCE (3/43)

  • Palace and park of Versailles
  • Pont du Gard (Roman Aquaduct)

UNESCO SITES IN MALTA (2/3)

  • The Megalithic Temples

UNESCO SITES IN SPAIN (2/45)

  • Barcelona
  • Teide National Park

UNESCO SITES IN CZECH REPUBLIC (1/12)

UNESCO SITES IN GERMANY (2/41)

  • Cologne Cathedral

UNESCO SITES IN CROATIA (4/8)

  • Sibenek

UNESCO SITES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (1/3)

UNESCO SITES IN MONTENEGRO (1/4)

UNESCO SITES IN THE NETHERLANDS (1/10)

  • Amsterdam

UNESCO SITES IN UNITED KINGDOM (18/31)

There are a total of 31 UNESCO Sites in the UK and British Overseas Territories.

  • Jurassic Coast

UNESCO WH SITES IN NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA

UNESCO WH SITES IN AFRICA (4)

  • Great Zimbabwe National Monument (Zimbabwe)
  • Matobo Hills (Zimbabwe)

UNESCO WH SITES IN ASIA (3)

  • Historic City of Ayutthaya (2017)

UNESCO WH SITES IN AUSTRALIA (5/19)

  • Sydney
Uluru one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia

Do you visit UNESCO 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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