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 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 = 61/1092
2. West Norwegian fjords
1. Historic centre of Rome
2. Historic centre of Florence
3. Vatican City
4. Venice and it’s lagoon
5. Archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Anunziata
6. The Last Supper
1. Historic centre of Vienna
2. Historic centre of Salzburg
1. Old city of Bern
2.The Bernina Landscape
1. Palace and park of Versailles
2. Pont du Gard (Roman Aquaduct)
3. Paris, banks of the Seine
1. The Megalithic Temples
2. City of Valletta
2. Teide National Park
CZECH REPUBLIC (1/12)
1. Historic centre of Prague
1. Cologne Cathedral
2.Museum Island – Berlin
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (1/3)
THE NETHERLANDS (1/10)
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.
NORTH AMERICA(1)/SOUTH AMERICA
The Statue of Liberty
Great Zimbabwe National Monument
Cape Floral Protected Areas
Singapore Botanical Gardens
Historic City of Ayutthaya (2017)
George Town Penang (2017)
Great Barrier Reef
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
Wet Tropics of Queensland
Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park
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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