UNESCO World Heritage sites

unesco world heritage sites


Why 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) 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!


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.”



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European world heritage sites


European World Heritage Sites

I have visited 30/384 European World Heritage Sites 

If you are interested in finding out more about UNESCO World Heritage Sites you may like to read

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN THE UK

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN THE REST OF THE WORLD 


15 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES TO VISIT IN EUROPE

unesco world heritage sites in europe

EUROPEAN WORLD HERITAGE SITES BY COUNTRY


NORWAY (2/7)

  1. Bergen

2. West Norwegian fjords


ITALY (6/51)

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


Austria (2/9)

  • Historic centre of Salzburg

  • Historic centre of Vienna


Hungary (1/8)

  • Budapest

 


Switzerland (2/11)

 


France (3/39)

 


Malta (2/3)

 


Spain (2/45)

  1. Works of Antoni Gaudi

  2. Teide National Park

     


Czech Republic (1/12)

  1. Historic centre of Prague


Germany (2/41)

 


 

Croatia (4/8)


 Bosnia and Herzegovina (1/3)


Montenegro (1/4)


The Netherlands (1/10)

  • Amsterdam


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN THE UK


UK WORLD HERITAGE SITES (18/31)

ENGLAND

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.


Blenheim Palace (1987)

BLENHEIM PALACE

City of Bath (1987)

BATH UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Derwent Valley Mills (2001)

CROMFORD MILLS

Durham Castle and Cathedral (1986)

DURHAM UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Frontiers of the Roman Empire (1987)

HADRIANS WALL

Ironbridge Gorge (1986)

IRONBRIDGE GORGE

Maritime Greenwich (1997)

GREENWICH LONDON

Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church (1987)

WESTMISTER ABBEY

Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City (2004)

LIVERPOOL LIVER BUILDING

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (2003)

KEW GARDENS

Saltaire (2001)

SALTAIRE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Stonehenge, Avebury and associated sites (1986)

STONEHENGE

Studley Royal Park and the remains of Fountains Abbey (1986)

FOUNTAINS ABBEY AND STUDLEY ROYAL

Tower of London (1988)

TOWER OF LONDON

Dorset and East Devon Coast (2001)

JURASSIC COAST

 The Lake District (2017)

UK WORLD HERITAGE SITES THE LAKE DISTRICT IN ENGLAND



SCOTLAND


Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (1995)

EDINBURGH SCOTLAND

The Forth Bridge (2015)

FORTH RAIL BRIDGE



UK WORLD HERITAGE SITES

 unesco sites around the world

Unesco sites around the world – Well obviously there are a lot more UNESCO WHS than just the ones I have covered on my UK World Heritage Sites page and my European World Heritage page so here is a look at the sites in the rest of the globe!


NORTH AMERICA (34)


USA (23)


STATUE OF LIBERTY


ASIA (271)


SINGAPORE (1)

SINGAPORE

THAILAND (5)

  • Historic City of Ayutthaya (2017)

Ayutthaya

MALAYSIA (4)

  •   George Town Penang (2017)

PENANG


AFRICA (135)


ZIMBABWE (5)

  • Great Zimbabwe National Monument (1991)

  • Matobo Hills (1995)

  • Victoria Falls (1995)

ZIMBABWE

SOUTH AFRICA (8)

  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

  • Maloti-Drakensburg Park

DRAKENSBURG MOUNTAINS SOUTH AFRICA


AUSTRALIA (19) AND NEW ZEALAND (3)


  • Sydney Opera House (2017)

AUSTRALIA


Unesco sites around the world