• Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites list is made up of natural and man-made locations all over the world which have a cultural or natural heritage that is considered to have outstanding universal value. Not only are these places a priority to preserve and protect, they are also must-see wonders for anyone travelling the world. It’s a very long list and covers areas all over the world so if you're making a trip soon, make sure to check beforehand if there's any UNESCO sites in that area. Here are our small and very short pick of some of our favourite UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world.
 

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Probably one of India’s most famous attractions, the Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is mausoleum of white marble and you will find it in Agra. The Taj Mahal dates back to the early 17th century and is one of India’s most visited tourist attractions.

 

 

Petra, Jordan

Between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea and amongst many mountains full of passages and caves you will find one the world’s most famous archaeological sites. This carved city of Petra has to be seen to be believed and is one of Jordan’s top tourist attractions.

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Canyon, Arizona

At nearly 1,500 metres deep the Grand Canyon is the most amazing and breathtaking gorge in the world. You will find the Grand Canyon in the state of Arizona. From this World Heritage Site the geological history of the past 2 billion years can be retraced. If you find yourself in the state of Arizona do not miss out on visiting the Grand Canyon.

 

Prambanan Temples, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Dating back to the 10th century, this large temple compound is dedicated to Shiva and can be located outside of Yogyakarta city. These temples are amazingly decorated in relief portraying illustrations.

 

 

Fraser Island, Australia

If you are visiting the east coast of Australia then don’t miss out on a trip to the largest sand island in the world. Reaching around 122km long this island is a popular spot with many people visiting the Australian east coast because of its tropical rainforests, amazing sand-dunes and freshwater lakes that you will find inland.

 

 

Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast, Antrim, Northern Ireland

With some of the country’s most amazing coastal scenery on show, a trip to Antrim to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway cannot be missed. The Giant’s Causeway is steeped in history and legend and you will find it at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the sea coast. The Giant’s Causeway is made up of approximately 40,000 black basalt columns that stick out of the sea and despite myths of giants using them to cross the sea, studies show that the columns are a result of volcanic activity millions of years ago.

Historic City of Toledo, Toledo, Spain

The Historic City of Toledo makes the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its vast and varied 2000 years of history. From a Roman municipium to the temporary seat of supreme power under Charles V, Toledo is steeped in a vibrant history. You can stay in the area of Toledo itself or take one of many trips there from Madrid.

 

By: tracy.lynch

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