World Heritage Sites


I can not explain why I have always been fascinated with visiting World Heritage Sites. There is often controversy surrounding them, but in the true spirit of preservation I applaud the organization.

While I have not written about every site I have visited, I have always had a twinge of excitement when I do go to a World Heritage Site.

Here is a list of places I have had the absolute privilege of visiting:

Antigua Naval Dockyard
Argentina Iguazu National Park
Armenia Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley
Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
Austria Historic Center of Salzburg
Historic Center of Vienna
Azerbaijan Walled City of Baku
Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
Baharain Ancient Harbour and Capitol of Dilmun
Barbados Historic Bridgetown
Belgium Historic Center of Brugge
Brussels La Grand-Palace
Brazil Iguacu National Park
Canada Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Rideau Canal
China The Great Wall
Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
Summer Palace Beijing
Temple of Heaven Beijing
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Historic Center of Macao
Cuba Old Havana
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
Vinales Valley
Archaeological Landscape of the 1st Coffee Plantations
Center of Cienfuegos
El Morro – Santiago de Cuba
Cyprus Paphos
Painted Churches in Troodos
Czech Republic Historic Center of Prague
Democratic Korea Complex of Koguryo Tombs
France Chartres
Arles, Roman Monuments
Theater and Triumphal Arch of Orange
Pont du Gard
Notre Dame
Banks of the Seine
Georgia Bagrati Cathedral
Greece Acropolis
Bassae, Temple of Apollo
Archaeological Site of Olympia
Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
Hungary Budapest
India Agra
Ajanta Caves
Ellora Caves
Taj Mahal
Elephanta Caves
Humayun’s Tomb
Qutb Minar
Victoria Terminus / Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Red Fort Complex
The Jantar Mantar
Hill Forts of Rajasthan
Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya
Konarak Sun Temple
Ireland Historic City of Dublin
Italy The Last Supper
Historic Center of Rome
Historic Center of Florence
Piazza del Duomo Pisa
San Gimignano
Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
Amalfi Coast
Villa d’Este Tivoli
Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
Japan Ancient Kyoto
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
Luxembourg Old Quarters and Fortifications
Mexico Xochimilco and Historic Center of Mexico City
Historic Center of Oaxaca
Historic Town of Guanajuato
Agave Landscape and Ancient Facilities of Tequila
University of Mexico
San Miquel
Morroco Fez
Peru City of Cuzco
Machu Picchu
Poland Krakow
Historic Center of Warsaw
Auschwitz Birkenau
Portugal Historic Center of Oporto
Romania Danube Delta
Russia Saint Petersburg
Kremlin and Red Square
Kizhi Pogost
Saint Lucia Pitons Management Area
Spain Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Granada
Santiago de Compostela
Route of Santiago de Compostela
Switzerland Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
Thailand Ayutthaya
Turkey Historic Areas of Istanbul
Edime Selimiye Mosque
Nemrut Dagi
Goereme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Ukraine Kiev
Wooden Tserkvas
Great Britain Palace of Westminster
Tower of London
United States Independence Hall
Redwood National and State Parks
Mammoth Cave National Park
Statue of Liberty
Yosemite National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Carlsbad Caverns

It was announced recently that Hurlingham Travel is putting together a World Heritage Site Tour for a mere $1.5 million. If anyone out there would like to sponsor this poor writer/photographer I am all ears.