My UNESCO World Heritage Site List

It wasn’t until around 2010 that I began my fascination with UNESCO World Heritage Sites – destinations specifically designated by the United Nations for their cultural and/or natural heritage. Had I have known about the list (which is constantly evolving, but currently consists of 1007 properties), I would definitely have gone out of my way to see more sites! Here’s my list, which I’ll update as I travel. If I’ve done a post on the site, I’ll link to that as well. I’ve also noted some interesting and fun facts about UNESCO sites at the end of the post. Enjoy!

 

1. Iguazu National Park, Argentina

2. Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg, Austria

3. Historic Centre of Vienna, Austria

4. La Grand-Palace, Belgium

5. Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz, Czech Republic

6. Historic Centre of Prague, Czech Republic

7. Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius’ Basilica in Trebic, Czech Republic

8. Banks of the Seine, France

9. Berlin Modernist Housing Estates, Germany

10. Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, Germany

11. Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue, Hungary

12. Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

13. Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, Indonesia

14. Bru na Boinne – Archaelogical Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne, Ireland

15. Historic Centre of Florence, Italy

16. Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori Le Mura, Italy

17. Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy

18. Venice and its Lagoon, Italy

19. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, Japan

20. Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration, Japan

21. City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications, Luxembourg

22. Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico

23. Defence Line of Amsterdam, Netherlands

24. Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Signelgracht, Netherlands

25. City of Cuzco, Peru

26. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru

27. Historic Centre of Lima, Peru

28. Historic Centre of Krakow, Poland

29. Auschwitz Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, Poland

30. Historic Centre of Warsaw, Poland

31. Historic Centre of Oporto, Portugal

32. Works of Antoni Gaudi, Spain

33. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

34. Old city of Berne, Switzerland

35. Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand

36. Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns, Thailand

37. Yellowstone National Park, USA

38. Independence Hall, USA

39. Mesa Verde National Park, USA

40. Statue of Liberty, USA

41. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA

42. Vatican City, Vatican City

 

Side notes:

– This list only includes sites that I know for a fact that I have visited. There are several sites that I feel like I’ve been to, but can’t be for certain because it either looks like another spot or I didn’t stay long enough in the town for it to be notable.

– There are several countries that I’ve been to and haven’t seen any UNESCO sites (i.e. Costa Rica, Fiji, Australia).

– I can’t believe places like Iceland and Ireland only have two UNESCO sites. And New Zealand only has three!!

– Luxembourg and Vatican City are the only two countries where I’ve been to every UNESCO site. And that’s only because in both cases, the entire country is a UNESCO site!

– Some sites have multiple locations within them. For example, the Historic Monuments of Kyoto actually has 17 individual locations that are included in the one site.

– Here’s a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites we may never see.

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