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Photo gallery of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World Heritage Sites are designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance.

The sites are judged to contain “cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity”. To be selected, a World Heritage Site must be a somehow unique landmark which is geographically and historically identifiable and has special cultural or physical significance. For example, World Heritage Sites might be ancient ruins or historical structures, buildings, cities, deserts, forests, islands, lakes, monuments, mountains, or wilderness areas. A World Heritage Site may signify a remarkable accomplishment of humanity, and serve as evidence of our intellectual history on the planet, or it might be a place of great natural beauty. As of June 2020, a total of 1,121 World Heritage Sites (869 cultural, 213 natural, and 39 mixed properties) exist across 167 countries; the three countries with most sites are China, Italy (both 55) and Spain (48).

BELGIUM

CAMBODIA

CHINA

GERMANY

GREECE

HOLY SEE

ICELAND

INDIA

ITALY

JORDAN (HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF)

LAOS

NEPAL

NETHERLANDS

PERU

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

VIETNAM

YEMEN

List of sights

Ajanta Caves (503) Cave 26

Ajanta (140 photos)

The Ajanta Caves, in Maharashtra, are 31 rock-cut cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BC. The caves include paintings and sculptures…

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Alberobello (154)

Alberobello (88 photos)

Alberobello (literally “beautiful tree”) is a small town in the province of Bari, in Puglia. It is famous for its unique trulli constructions. The …

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Furore (16)

Amalfi Coast (192 photos)

The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), on the south of Naples, extends from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east.

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Amsterdam (137)

Amsterdam (118 photos)

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. Its name is derived from …

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Arequipa - Santa Catalina (126)

Arequipa (155 photos)

Located in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 2,380 m above sea level and close to the volcano El Misti, Arequipa is the capital of the Arequipa

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Assisi (129)

Assisi (31 photos)

Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia on the western flank of Monte Subasio. It was the birthplace of St Francis, who founded the Franciscan

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Bruges (22) Rozenhoedkaai

Bruges (129 photos)

Bruges is the capital of the province of West Flanders. It has most of its medieval architecture intact. The historic centre of Bruges has been a …

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Caserta (12)

Caserta (210 photos)

Caserta is located north east of Naples on the edge of the Campanian Plain at the foot of the Subapennine mountain range.

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Cerveteri (173)

Cerveteri (82 photos)

The Necropolis della Banditaccia in Cerveteri, which has been declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the necropolis in Tarquinia

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Chittaurgarh (92)

Chittaurgarh (69 photos)

Chittaurgarh (Chittorgarh), is a city and a municipality in Rajasthan state of western India. It lies on the Berach River, a tributary of the Banas,…

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Manarola (396)

Cinque Terre (77 photos)

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, in the Liguria region of Italy. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: …

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Cusco (69)

Cusco (166 photos)

Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire located in the south-eastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain…

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Delos (100)

Delos (39 photos)

The Island of Delos (Δήλος), near Mykonos, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations…

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Delphi (395) Tholos at Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia

Delphi (48 photos)

Delphi (Δελφοί) is an archaeological site on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In myths dating to the classical…

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Ellora Caves (525) Cave 16 (Kailasa Temple)

Ellora (118 photos)

Ellora is an archaeological site, 30 km from the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta rulers. Well-known…

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Ercolano (12)

Ercolano (103 photos)

Ercolano (Herculaneum) is an ancient Roman town, located in the province of Naples which has been destroyed, along with Pompeii, in the eruption of …

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Fatehpur Sikri (2) Diwan-i-Khas

Fatehpur Sikri (106 photos)

Fatehpur Sikri, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, was constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar beginning in 1570 and served as the empire’s capital…

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Ferrara (66)

Ferrara (100 photos)

Ferrara is situated 50 km north-north-east of Bologna, on the Po di Volano, a branch channel of the main stream of the Po River, located 5 km north.…

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Florence (235) Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower

Florence (130 photos)

Florence (Firenze) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. Florence is famous for its history. A centre of medieval European trade and…

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Hanoi (34) Market

Hanoi (30 photos)

Hanoi (Vietnamese: Hà Nội) is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city by population. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most…

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Hosios Loukas (246)

Hosios Loukas (58 photos)

Hosios Loukas (Ὅσιος Λουκᾶς) is a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle…

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Humayun’s Tomb (187)

Humayun’s Tomb (39 photos)

Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, …

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Huế (21) Imperial City - Gate to Pavilion of Splendour (Hiển Lâm các)

Huế (21 photos)

The Imperial City is a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The building was built in 1362,…

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Hạ Long Bay (12)

Hạ Long Bay (22 photos)

Hạ Long Bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes …

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Hội An (21) Market

Hội An (32 photos)

Hội An, formerly known as Fai-Fo or Faifoo, is a city in Vietnam’s Quảng Nam Province and noted since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Town …

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Jaipur (592) Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)

Jaipur (190 photos)

Jaipur, also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. During the British rule in India, …

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Jaisalmer (904) Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer (212 photos)

Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Golden City”, is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 575 km west from the state capital Jaipur. The…

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Kathmandu Valley (12) Bhaktapur

Kathmandu Valley (185 photos)

The Kathmandu Valley, located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilisations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including…

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Khumbu (66) Everest (8,848 m) - Nuptse (7,861 m)

Khumbu 1991 (111 photos)

Khumbu, the Everest Region, is one of three subregions of the main Sherpa settlement of the Himalaya with elevation ranging from 3,300 m to the…

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Khumbu (315) Changtse (7,543 m)

Khumbu 1997 (168 photos)

(Khumbu 1991) … Khumbu (also known as the Everest Region) is a region of northeastern Nepal on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest. It is part of the …

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Kinderdijk (60) Windmills

Kinderdijk (70 photos)

Kinderdijk, in the province South Holland, is located about 15 km east of Rotterdam and situated in a polder at the confluence of the Lek and Noord

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Tibet (87) Lhasa - Potala

Lhasa (36 photos)

Lhasa is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining

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Wat Xieng Thong (319)

Luang Prabang (380 photos)

Luang Prabang, formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Laos, is a city located in north central Laos, on the Mekong River. The capital was moved in…

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Machu Picchu (128)

Machu Picchu (94 photos)

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 m above sea level and situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, 80 km…

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Matera (52)

Matera (346 photos)

Matera, a town in the region of Basilicata, is perched on the edge of a small canyon eroded by the Gravina. The lower Sassi (caves) district is…

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Meteora (1451)

Meteora (108 photos)

The Metéora (Μετέωρα), lit. “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above”, is one of the largest and most important…

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Modena (38) Duomo

Modena (66 photos)

Modena, a city on the south side of the Po valley in the Emilia-Romagna, is the seat of an archbishop, but is now best known as the “capital of…

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Moscow (2) Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Moscow (10 photos)

Moscow is the capital and the most populous city of Russia. It is located by the Moskva River in the Central Federal District, in the European part…

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Duomo di San Gennaro (15)

Naples (56 photos)

Naples is the capital of the region of Campania. The city is known for its rich history which began more than 2,800 years ago. Naples is located…

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Nazca - Necropolis of Chauchilla (52)

Nazca (82 photos)

The Nazca lines are a series of geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert that stretches over more than 80 km and have been created by the Nazca culture…

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Norchia (62)

Norchia (32 photos)

Norchia is an ancient Etruscan city with an adjacent necropolis which reached its high point between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC. The tombs are…

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Padua (40) Palazzo della Ragione

Padua (149 photos)

Padua (Padova) is a city in the Veneto, northern Italy. Padua stands on the Bacchiglione River, 40 km west of Venice and 29 km south-east of Vicenza

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Patmos (309) Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

Patmos (210 photos)

Patmos (Πάτμος) is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex. The highest point is Profitis

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Petra (19) Al Deir

Petra (113 photos)

Petra, originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. The city is famous for its rock-cut…

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Porto Venere (145)

Porto Venere (32 photos)

Porto Venere is a town located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie

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Qutb Minar (233)

Qutb-Minar (68 photos)

The Qutb Minar, also spelled as Qutub Minar and Qutab Minar, is a minaret and “victory tower” that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World

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Ravenna (36) San Vitale

Ravenna (110 photos)

Ravenna, a city in the Emilia-Romagna, is inland, but connected to the Adriatic Sea by a canal. Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman

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Red Fort of Agra (19)

Red Fort of Agra (30 photos)

Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the…

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Regensburg (294)

Regensburg (10 photos)

Regensburg historically also Ratisbon, from Celtic Ratisbona, is a city in Bavaria, located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, at one…

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Rhodes (1) Mandraki harbour

Rhodes (254 photos)

Rhodes (Ρόδος) is an island located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and…

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Roman Forum (162)

Roman Forum (80 photos)

The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum, Foro Romano) is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government…

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San Gimignano (100)

San Gimignano (70 photos)

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially…

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Necropolis di San Guiliano (3)

San Guiliano (10 photos)

San Guiliano is an Etruscan centre 2 km north-east of Barbarano Romano. The most important tombs found in the necropolis of Cuccumella del Caiolo

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Yemen (14) Sana’a

Sana’a (26 photos)

Sana’a is the largest city in Yemen and the centre of Sana’a Governorate. The city is not part of the Governorate, but forms the separate…

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Yemen (71) Shibam

Shibam (10 photos)

Shibam (often referred to as Shibam Hadhramaut) is a town in Yemen. It is the seat of the Shibam District in the Hadhramaut Governorate. It is…

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Angkor Wat (5)

Siem Reap (109 photos)

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. Angkor was the capital city of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from…

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Siena (153)

Siena (89 photos)

Siena, in English also spelled Sienna, is a city in Tuscany. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena,…

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Pakse (11) Wat Luang

South Laos (240 photos)

South Laos is divided into 4 provinces (Attapeu, Champasak, Salavan, Sekong). Champasak (Champassak or Champasack) is a province in southwestern Laos

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Sutri (20)

Sutri (44 photos)

Sutri (ancient Sutrium) occupied an important position on road into Etruria, the later Via Cassia. It came into the hands of Rome after the fall of …

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Taj Mahal (299)

Taj Mahal (84 photos)

The Taj MahalCrown of the Palace”, is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the southern bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra. It was…

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Tarquinia (83)

Tarquinia (36 photos)

Tarquinia was the chief of the twelve cities of Etruria, and appears in the earliest history of Rome as the home of two of its kings, Tarquinius

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Villa Adriana (99)

Tivoli (146 photos)

Tivoli, the classical Tibur, is an ancient town in Lazio, about 30 km from Rome, at the falls of the Aniene River, where it issues from the Sabine

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Castiglione d’Orcia (25)

Val d’Orcia (20 photos)

The Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. It is characterised by gentle,…

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San Pietro (1)

Vatican City (136 photos)

Vatican City, or Vatican City State, in Italian officially Stato della Città del Vatican, is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory…

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Venice 2007 (198)

Venice (121 photos)

Venice historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. The city stretches across 117 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic

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Verona (95) Basilica di San Zeno

Verona (270 photos)

Verona is a city in Veneto, northern Italy. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and…

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Wieskirche (19)

Wieskirche (46 photos)

The Wies Church (Wieskirche) is a magnificently decorated Sanctuary belonging to the district of Wies in the municipality Steingaden. The full name…

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