How many of these top UNESCO World Heritage sites have you visited?
Here are some of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world.
1) The great barrier reef – Australia
The worlds biggest coral reef system is a popular tourist destination. The reef spans 1400 miles and can be seen from outer space.
2) Machu Picchu – Peru
Dating back to 1450, the Incan city was rediscovered in 1914. The stunning views are worth the trek through the Andes.
3) Petra – Jordan
The ancient city of Petra is carved out of the rose coloured stone on the slopes of Jebel al-Madhbah. It is also featured in ‘Indiana Jones Temple of Doom’.
4) Tulum – Mexico
These ancient ruins of a Mayan sea port are located on the coast of the Yucatan peninsula and popular with tourists from the surrounding Riviera Maya.
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5) Venice and it’s Lagoon – Italy
The floating city is made up of 117 islands all connected by bridges. The canals, lagoon and history of art and music makes this one of the romantic cities in the world.
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6) Yellowstone National Park – USA
With almost 3500 square miles of canyons, lakes, forests, rivers and mountain ranges, you can spot wildlife and see the most famous Old faithful Geyser.
7) Potala Palace – Tibet, China
The former home of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. Built on the ‘Red mountain’ in 1645 as a seat of government today it is a museum.
8) Old city of Jerusalem – Israel
Visited on pilgrimage by Christians, Muslims and Jews for its religious sites, it is a city of significance for may spiritual groups.
9) Palace and Park of Fontainebleau – France
One of the largest Royal Chateaux originally a medieval castle that had been home to French royalty until Napoleon III.
10) Abu Simbel – Egypt
The temples of Pharoh Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari dating back to 1264BC and located near the border with Sudan.
11) Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens- Austria
This beautiful former summer residence for the imperial family can be found in Vienna. Explore the gardens and marvel at the architecture.
12) Vatican City
Home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine chapel and St Peters Basilica and ruled by absolute monarchy of the Holy See. Crowds gather in the square for an audience with the Pope when he is in Rome.
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13) Angkor complex – Cambodia
With over a thousand temples on the site this massive complex, the most visited include Angkor Wat and Bayon. Also famous for its inclusion in the Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie.
14) The great wall of China – China
Stretching over 13,000 miles the wall was built to protect the empires against invasion. Most of the remaining wall today dates from the Ming dynasty.
15) Bagan city – Myanmar (Burma)
Bagan is spirit of history in Myanmar. Over 2000 temples and pagodas remain on the plains and are visited by an increasing amount of tourists each year.
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16) Acropolis of Athens – Greece
Ancient buildings including the Parthenon looking down from the rocks onto the city of Athens. A site of archaeological significance.
17) Taj Mahal – India
Visited by 3 million people a year, the building was commissioned in 1632 as a tomb for the Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
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18) Chichen Itza – Mexico
Dominated by El Castillo, Chichen Itza was one of the largest ancient Mayan cities. Crowds gather at the spring and autumn equinox to watch the shadow snake slither down the pyramid.
19) Rapa Nui National Park – Easter Island
Here stand 887 monolithic statues called ‘Moai’ carved by the Rapa Nui people and placed around the island. The tallest being almost 33 ft high.
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20) Pyramids of Giza – Egypt
The great pyramid is the only one of the seven ancient wonders of the world that still remains today.
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21) Mont St Michel – France
Previously a prison during the French revolution, this island is home to the monastery of the same name and is the attraction for tourists today
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22) Copan – Hondoras
Mayan ruins in the Copan valley comprise of a main complex, containing the acropolis and plazas surrounded by several secondary complexes.
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23) Banaue Rice Terraces – Philippines
The locals call these terraces the eighth wonder of the world. Built over 2000 years ago they were once completely abandoned by locals but are now being worked once more.
24) Serengeti National Park – Tanzania
A vast national park in the heart of Africa where the largest and longest annual migration happens. The plains, savanna, forests and woodlands are home to a diverse range of wildlife including ‘the big five’
25) Galápagos Islands – Ecuador
This national park and biological marine reserve was famously studied by Charles Darwin and where both land and marine Iguanas can be found.
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Plenty of amazing places to add to your travel bucket list! Tell me how many you have visited and which was your favourite?