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Saturday, October 29, 2016

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 sites I've visited 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 35 World Heritage Sites I’ve been to include:


Amsterdam

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

Fort benoorden Spaarndam, part of the defense line of Amsterdam


Austria

• Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

Salzburg
• Historic Centre of Vienna

Vienna Opera House

Australia

• Sydney Opera House




Chile

• Rapa Nui National Park


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

Valparaiso

China

• The Great Wall


Great Wall at Mutianyu

Great Wall at Badaling
• Classical Gardens of Suzhou


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

Prague

Egypt

• Historic Cairo


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


France
• 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


Germany
Town of Bamberg


Bamberg
• Würtzberg Residenz


Italy
• 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

India
• Elephanta Caves

At Elephanta Caves

Inside the Elephanta Caves

Japan
• Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama


Shirakawa-go

Luxembourg
• City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

Mexico
• Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco


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

Peru
• 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)




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

USA
• Statue of Liberty

• San Antonio Mission (including the Alamo)

The Alamo, 2009


(Updated October 29, 2016 from original post in October, 2012)



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