25 Incredibly Beautiful World Heritage Sites

Posted by , Updated on June 22, 2014

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A World Heritage Site is any place listed by the UNESCO as a location of special cultural or physical significance. For those of you that love traveling you may want to make room in schedules to see these 25 incredibly beautiful World Heritage Sites.

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25

Old Quebec, Canada

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Sometimes referred to as the Latin Quarters, this is a historical neighbourhood of Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec in Canada.

24

Gardens of Versailles, France

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Another French language UNESCO site, these gardens are one of the most visited sites in all of France.

23

Copan, Honduras

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

For 400 years it was the capital of the Mayan civilization. Today it has been swallowed by the jungle.

22

Mont Saint-Michel, France

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

One of France’s most recognizable landmarks, this commune becomes an island during high tide.

21

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

The largest religious monument in the world, the name means “City of Temples”.



20

Virupaksha Temple, India

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Found in southern India, it is has been in use for the last 1300 years.

19

Chichen Itza, Mexico

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Another Mayan ruin, this is one of the most visited sites in all of Mexico.

18

Temple of Apollo, Greece

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

According to Greek legend Zeus released two eagles, one from each end of the Earth. They crossed at Delphi and Zeus determine that this was the center of the Earth.

17

Parthenon, Greece

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Built 438 BC, the parthenon was partially destroyed when an ammunition dump was exploded within its walls.

16

Machu Picchu, Peru

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Unknown to the outside world for hundreds of years, this 15th century Inca site was made popular in 1911.

15

Taj Mahal, India

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Built by an emperor in memory of his wife who died in childbirth, the Taj Mahal literally means “Crown of Palaces”.

14

Easter Island, Chile

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Famous for its 887 huge monumental statues, this island is also one of the most remote places in the world and the only way to get here is by plane from Chile.

13

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Although Egypt is home to 138 pyramids, the ones at Giza are the most well known. They are also counted as some of the largest structures ever built.

12

Great Wall, China

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Built along the northern border of China for protection from various tribes to the north it is a site to behold but no, it is not visible from the Moon. You’ll have to go to China to see it.

11

Petra, Jordan

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Basically a big city cut out of the rocks, Petra was another well preserved architectural site that was unknown to the public until the 19th century.

10

Bagan City, Burma (Myanmar)

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Similar to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, this location is home to thousands upon thousands of temples. Due to Burma’s inner turmoil it isn’t nearly as crowded as other similar locations.

9

Göreme National Park, Turkey

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Famous for its breathtaking rock formations including the “fairy chimneys”, Goreme is also the name of the main city in the region which is nearly entirely carved out of rock.

8

Geyser Basins, Wyoming

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

With over 10,000 hotsprings, Yellowstone’s is home to some of the world’s tallest and most colorful geysers.

7

Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Carved into the mountainside nearly 2000 years ago many Filipinos consider these terraces to be the 8th wonder of the world.

6

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

This site is dominated by a massive rock that is over 200 meters high. It was on top of this rock that an ancient king built his palace.

5

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

It is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and is composed of nearly 3,000 individual reefs. It is world’s largest single structure made of living organisms and can even be seen from space.

4

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

With the second greatest annual flow of any waterfall in the world behind Niagara, Iguazu is a sight to behold.

3

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Made famous by the voyage of Charles Darwin, these islands have long captivated travelers and scientists with their biodiversity.

2

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

This national park boasts the largest ice mantel outside of Antarctica.

1

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

beautiful unesco world heritage sites

Found in both Kenya and Tanzania this park is home to an annual migration of over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle which is the largest remaining animal migration in the world.

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