30 UNESCO’s Sites you Should Visit in Your Lifetime – Hundreds of sites are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, protecting the cultural and natural heritage. Extraordinary buildings, beautiful cities, and amazing parks show the beauty of the world, creating the desire to explore every inch of it.
The Travel Le Monde team has selected 30 unique UNESCO World Heritage sites you should visit during your lifetime. Let’s start:
#1 Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This Hindu temple transformed into a Buddhist temple in the late 12th century and today is the largest religious monument in the world. The Angkor Wat is the main temple of Angkor Archaeological Park, a jewel for the deep forests of Siem Reap province.
#2 Works of Antoni Gaudí, Spain
Antoni Gaudí played an important role in shaping Barcelona and its reputation around the world. La Sagrada Familia, Güell Park, and Casa Batlló put Barcelona on the list of the most important and unusual sites.
#3 Bagan, Myanmar
Different sizes of temples rise in a huge plain in central Burma, creating an impressive spectacle for the tourists.
#4 Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, Hungary
A city that has rich architecture and historical heritage! And the above sites couldn’t be excluded from the UNESCO list.
#5 Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces can be found in the Old City of Dubrovnik, which is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Take a walk on the surrounding walls and admire the city from the top.
#6 Memphis and its Necropolis – the Giza Pyramid Complex, Egypt
UNESCO has added the Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields of Giza to its list because it reflects what life was like in the ancient Egyptian city. In ancient times, the site was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and UNESCO recognizes its political and architectural importance.
#7 Historic Center of Kraków, Poland
Kraków is considered one of the most fascinated cities in Europe, and of course, the old town could not help but draw Unesco’s attention. The beautiful square is among the largest squares in Europe, and the magnificent interiors of historical houses, palaces, and churches make the historic center an interesting place to visit.
#8 Taj Mahal, India
Knowing the story of the Taj Mahal, we could call it the “mausoleum of love.” This historical site in India attracts thousands of visitors yearly to admire the architecture and witness the great love that the emperor Shah Jahan had for its beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
#9 Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The biggest coral reef in the world! And how could it not be on the Unesco list? It contains over 2,900 coral reefs, 1,500 species of fish, and 900 islands, making it one of the largest and most colorful places on Earth.
#10 Petra, Jordan
It is considered the place of spirituality and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The temples, theatres, and tombs built inside the rocks make the area one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It is located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, and thousands of people visit the site annually.
#11 Machu Picchu, Peru
Between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, 2,430m above sea-level stands the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is among the most significant achievements of Inca.
#12 Old Havana, Cuba
The Baroque and neoclassical monuments create a remarkable character and an outstanding architecture around the historic center of the city. It is a must-visit city!
#13 Great Wall, China
The Great Wall is considered a masterpiece and also has a symbolic significance as it was created to protect China. The wall is unique because of the methods used, in different times and places, to build walls, fortresses, passes, and beacon towers.
#14 Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan
This shrine illustrates the beauty and lifts the nature and human creativity. What is the best way to experience it? Take a boat cruise around the complex so that you can see all 20 buildings.
#15 Acropolis, Athens, Greece
All the ancient history of Athens illustrated in this monumental complex. Acropolis is one of the most important ancient sites in the world and accepts thousands of visitors every year.
#16 Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre is the name that represents the five villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. It is a cultural site showing the traditional life of the community and is considered among the most beautiful historical places in the world.
#17 Historic Center of Salzburg, Austria
Cobbled streets, Baroque, and medieval architecture are the scenery you will find in the center of Salzburg. The remarkable center witnesses the interchange between Italians and Germans, which is the reason behind the creation of this beautiful landscape.
#18 Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
The Rila Monastery is Bulgaria’s largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery. The Monastery was founded by St. John of Rila in the 10th century and since then played an essential role in the spiritual and social life of Bulgaria.
#19 Abu Simbel, Egypt
This archaeological area contains the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel and the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae. Both temples saved from the rising waters of the Nile, thanks to UNESCO.
#20 Chichen Itza, Mexico
Undisputed masterpieces of Mid-American architecture are one of the greatest attractions. Maya and Toltec’s vision of the world and the universe revealed in these monuments, and it is certainly worth seeing.
#21 Cultural Landscape of Bali, Indonesia
Bali is known for its exotic beaches and beautiful sunsets. However, the cultural landscape of Bali draws the attention of UNESCO, which included this site in its list. The five rice terraces and the 18th-century Royal Water Temple of Pura Taman Ayun create spectacular scenery.
#22 Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
It is the 3rd largest ice field in the world and one of the most impressive phenomena. The blue color on the ice creates a beautiful sight, and what better to enjoy it with helicopter rides over the park.
#23 Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Waterfalls, lakes, and caves highlight one of Europe’s best national parks. This park has 16 lakes, and what makes them attractive is the colors that change based on the angle of the sun in the water. You will have the chance to see bears, wolves, and many rare bird species.
#24 Hampi, India
This site was the last great Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. There are more than 1600 surviving remains, including among other temples, shrines, and forts. A perfect landscape for climbing!
#25 Mont Saint Michel, France
The Abbey of Mont Saint Michel stands in a rocky isle and becomes one of the most important sites of Christian civilization in the medieval. You can access the site with a shuttle service, which ensures the transport of visitors from the locality of La Caserne to the foot of Mont.
#26 Grand Canyon National Park, USA
The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous attractions because of the extraordinary landscape constituted by red rocks. The layers of the rocks illustrate the earth’s geology leaving anyone who visits it speechless.
#27 Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, Austria
In a vast area, thousands of hectares, you can find the palace and gardens of Schönbrunn in Vienna. It is an imposing palace with beautiful works and frescoes that testify the era of Maria Theresa. Decorative elements from all over the world make up this masterpiece. As for the gardens, they can undoubtedly impress even the most demanding character.
#28 Historic Centre of Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
The town of Český Krumlov located in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, and it is considered one of the best places to visit. The architecture of this medieval town remained intact for more than five centuries, and it has been transformed into a picturesque location.
#29 Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Canada
Glaciers, waterfalls, limestone caves, lakes constitute one of the earth’s miracles. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks consist of 7 parks and attract millions of visitors annually.
#30 Historical Centre of Rome, Italy
It was the center of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and since the 4th century became the capital of Christianity. The historic center depicts the various development stages of art, architecture, and urban design.
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