Angkor Wat (5)
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World Heritage Site (UNESCO)6,962 photos


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).


















List of sights6,962 photos

Ajanta Caves (503) Cave 26
Photo: Ajanta Caves, Cave 26

Ajanta140 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…

Alberobello (154)
Photo: Alberobello

Alberobello88 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 …

Furore (16)
Photo: Furore

Amalfi Coast192 photos

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

Amsterdam (137)
Photo: Amsterdam

Amsterdam118 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 …

Arequipa - Santa Catalina (126)
Photo: Arequipa - Santa Catalina

Arequipa155 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

Assisi (129)
Photo: Assisi

Assisi31 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

Bruges (22) Rozenhoedkaai
Photo: Bruges, Rozenhoedkaai

Bruges129 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 …

Caserta (12)
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Caserta210 photos

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

Cerveteri (173)
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Cerveteri82 photos

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

Chittaurgarh (92)
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Chittaurgarh69 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,…

Manarola (396)
Photo: Manarola

Cinque Terre77 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: …

List of sights: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza
Cusco (69)
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Cusco166 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…

Delos (100)
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Delos39 photos

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

Delphi (395) Tholos at Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia
Photo: Delphi, Tholos at Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia

Delphi48 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…

Ellora Caves (525) Cave 16 (Kailasa Temple)
Photo: Ellora Caves, Cave 16 (Kailasa Temple)

Ellora118 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…

Ercolano (12)
Photo: Ercolano

Ercolano103 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 …

Fatehpur Sikri (2) Diwan-i-Khas
Photo: Fatehpur Sikri, Diwan-i-Khas

Fatehpur Sikri106 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…

Ferrara (66)
Photo: Ferrara

Ferrara100 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.…

Florence (235) Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower
Photo: Florence, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower

Florence130 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…

Hanoi (34) Market
Photo: Hanoi, Market

Hanoi30 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…

Hosios Loukas (246)
Photo: Hosios Loukas

Hosios Loukas58 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…

Humayun’s Tomb (187)
Photo: Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb39 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, …

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

Huế21 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,…

Hạ Long Bay (12)
Photo: Hạ Long Bay

Hạ Long Bay22 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 …

Hội An (21) Market
Photo: Hội An, Market

Hội An32 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 …

Jaipur (592) Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
Photo: Jaipur, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)

Jaipur190 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, …

Jaisalmer (904) Jaisalmer Fort
Photo: Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer212 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…

Kathmandu Valley (12) Bhaktapur
Photo: Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur

Kathmandu Valley185 photos

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

List of sights: Bhaktapur, Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Kirtipur, Most beautiful photos of Asia (Middle format), Pashupatinath, Patan, Swayambhunath
Khumbu (66) Everest (8,848 m) - Nuptse (7,861 m)
Photo: Khumbu, Everest (8,848 m) - Nuptse (7,861 m)

Khumbu 1991111 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…

Khumbu (315) Changtse (7,543 m)
Photo: Khumbu, Changtse (7,543 m)

Khumbu 1997168 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 …

Kinderdijk (60) Windmills
Photo: Kinderdijk, Windmills

Kinderdijk70 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

Tibet (87) Lhasa - Potala
Photo: Tibet, Lhasa - Potala

Lhasa36 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

Wat Xieng Thong (319)
Photo: Wat Xieng Thong

Luang Prabang380 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…

Machu Picchu (128)
Photo: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu94 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…

Matera (52)
Photo: Matera

Matera346 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…

Meteora (1451)
Photo: Meteora

Meteora108 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…

Modena (38) Duomo
Photo: Modena, Duomo

Modena66 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…

Moscow (2) Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Photo: Moscow, Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Moscow10 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…

Duomo di San Gennaro (15)
Photo: Duomo di San Gennaro

Naples56 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…

Nazca - Necropolis of Chauchilla (52)
Photo: Nazca - Necropolis of Chauchilla

Nazca82 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…

Norchia (62)
Photo: Norchia

Norchia32 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…

Padua (40) Palazzo della Ragione
Photo: Padua, Palazzo della Ragione

Padua149 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

Patmos (309) Monastery of Saint John the Theologian
Photo: Patmos, Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

Patmos210 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

Petra (19) Al Deir
Photo: Petra, Al Deir

Petra113 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…

Porto Venere (145)
Photo: Porto Venere

Porto Venere32 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

Qutb Minar (233)
Photo: Qutb Minar

Qutb-Minar68 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

Ravenna (36) San Vitale
Photo: Ravenna, San Vitale

Ravenna110 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

Red Fort of Agra (19)
Photo: Red Fort of Agra

Red Fort of Agra30 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…

Regensburg (294)
Photo: Regensburg

Regensburg10 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…

Rhodes (1) Mandraki harbour
Photo: Rhodes, Mandraki harbour

Rhodes254 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…

Roman Forum (162)
Photo: Roman Forum

Roman Forum80 photos

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

San Gimignano (100)
Photo: San Gimignano

San Gimignano70 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…

Necropolis di San Guiliano (3)
Photo: Necropolis di San Guiliano

San Guiliano10 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

Yemen (14) Sana’a
Photo: Yemen, Sana’a

Sana’a26 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…

Yemen (71) Shibam
Photo: Yemen, Shibam

Shibam10 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…

Angkor Wat (5)
Photo: Angkor Wat

Siem Reap109 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…

Siena (153)
Photo: Siena

Siena89 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,…

Pakse (11) Wat Luang
Photo: Pakse, Wat Luang

South Laos240 photos

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

Sutri (20)
Photo: Sutri

Sutri44 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 …

Taj Mahal (299)
Photo: Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal84 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…

Tarquinia (83)
Photo: Tarquinia

Tarquinia36 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

Villa Adriana (99)
Photo: Villa Adriana

Tivoli146 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

Castiglione d’Orcia (25)
Photo: Castiglione d’Orcia

Val d’Orcia20 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,…

San Pietro (1)
Photo: San Pietro

Vatican City136 photos

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

Venice 2007 (198)
Photo: Venice 2007

Venice121 photos

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

Verona (95) Basilica di San Zeno
Photo: Verona, Basilica di San Zeno

Verona270 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…

Wieskirche (19)
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Wieskirche46 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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