Have you ever dreamed of visiting some of the most amazing places on Earth? Places that are so special, they've been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
As devoted world travelers and City Adventurers, we've been fortunate enough to visit quite a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are all absolutely worth a visit.
From the breathtaking natural wonders of the Grand Canyon to the awe-inspiring cultural landmarks of the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum, UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer something for everyone. And the best part is, there are over 1,100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 160 countries, so you're sure to find one that's perfect for your next vacation.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next adventure and don't forget to add a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites to your bucket list. You won't be disappointed.
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The World Heritage property encompasses the whole historic centre of Rome within the city walls at their widest extent in the 17th century, as well as the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.
The Historic Centre of Florence is surrounded by Arnolfian walls that date to the 14th century. The city includes the “quadrilatero romano,” which is made up of the present Piazza della Repubblica, the narrow, cobblestone streets of the medieval city, and the Renaissance city.
Standing in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the 'Leaning Tower') and the cemetery – had a great influence on monumental art in Italy from the 11th to the 14th century.
La Grand-Place in Brussels is a collection of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century. All the buildings of the Grand-Place are listed monuments.
Bruges is an outstanding example of a medieval settlement that has maintained its historic fabric as it evolved over the centuries.
Successively a Roman municipium, the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom, a fortress of the Emirate of Cordoba, an outpost of the Christian kingdoms fighting the Moors and, in the 16th century, the temporary seat of supreme power under Charles V, Toledo is the repository of more than 2,000 years of history.
These acknowledge the exceptional creative contribution of this architect to the development of architecture and construction technology in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Wine has been produced in the Alto Douro region for 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.
Begun in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880.
At the crossroads of continental routes, Budapest is located at the point of contact between the Hungarian plain and the Carpathian hills. A riverside city on the Danube, Buda was built on a rocky outcrop on the south bank, while Pest was constructed at the level of the plain on the north bank.
Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon (nearly 1,500 m deep) cuts across the Grand Canyon National Park. Its horizontal strata retrace the geological history of the past 2 billion years. There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment. We took a helicopter ride over it for this shot.
Stretching over more than 200,000 ha, this park is home to more than 3,500 plant species, and many endangered animal species. And yes, that is us white water rafting!
The Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites consists of a group of Georgian-style naval buildings and structures, set within a walled enclosure.
The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs.
Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centres for ship-building. Its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.
Founded in the early 16th century in honour of the Holy Trinity, the city was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, such as the Palacio Brunet and the Palacio Cantero, were built in its days of prosperity from the sugar trade.
The colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin.
The Viñales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco.
Visit the Taj Mahal
Jaipur City, Rajasthan
Red Fort Complex
Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Acropolis in Athens, Archaeological Site of Delphi, Old Town of Corfu, Medieval City of Rhodes
Paris, Banks of the Seine
Old City of Dubrovnik
Venice and its Lagoon in Italy
Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow and Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments