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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

When I was in Peru in August 2012, I noticed that Cusco was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It occurred to me that I had been to several through the years, and I wondered how many there were and how many I had been to. So I decided to do a post of all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites I had visited.

Since that time, I've continued to update this post. The most recent UNESCO site I've visited was the Angkor complex in Cambodia. Before that, it was the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the Qutb Minar and its monuments. Prior to that, it was Stelling van Amsterdam, or the defense line of Amsterdam, built between 1880 and 1914. Prior to that, it was Cape Floristic Region in Cape Town, Africa which I visited in April 2016.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to be of cultural or physical significance. There are presently over 962 such sites.

The 46 World Heritage Sites I’ve been to include:


• Stelling van Amsterdam (defense line of Amsterdam) in Haarlem

Fort benoorden Spaarndam, part of the defense line of Amsterdam


• Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

• Historic Centre of Vienna

Vienna Opera House


• Sydney Opera House

• La Grand-Place, Brussels


• Rapa Nui National Park


• Rapa Nui National Park

Rapa Nui (the indigenous name for Easter Island)
• Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso



• The Great Wall

Great Wall at Mutianyu

Great Wall at Badaling
• Classical Gardens of Suzhou

• Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing

Temple of Heaven
• Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (Forbidden City)

Forbidden City

Czech Republic
• Historic Centre of Prague



• Historic Cairo

Cairo and the Nile
• Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
Giza and the Pyramids

• Palace and Park of Versailles
• Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
• Paris, Banks of the Seine

Banks of the Seine

Town of Bamberg

• Würtzberg Residenz


• Agra Fort

• Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Station)

• Elephanta Caves

At Elephanta Caves

Inside the Elephanta Caves
• Fatehpur Sikri

• Hill Forts of Rajastan

Amber Fort in Jaipur

• Jantar Mantar --The Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur, is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.

• Taj Mahal

• Qutb Minar and its Monuments

• Vatican City

The Vatican
• Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Ancient Roman Ruins

• Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama


• City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

• Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco

The Zocalo in Mexico City
• Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
Climbing Teotihuacan

• City of Cuzco

Plaza de Armas in Cuzco
• Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Arriving at the Sun Gate with Machu Picchu below

Russian Federation
• Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

At the Kremlin

South Africa 

• Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (Cape Town)

• Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

La Alhambra

Inside the Alhambra in Granada (Spring 1999)

• Works of Antoni Gaudi

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
Me inside Gaudi's Park Güell in Barcelona, 1999 

• Historic City of Toledo

Toledo, Spain

United Kingdom

• Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

• Tower of London

• Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church

• Statue of Liberty

• San Antonio Mission (including the Alamo)

The Alamo, 2009

(Updated December 8, 2018 from original post in October, 2012)

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