UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UNESCO World Heritage List has over 1,000 cultural and natural sites spread across more than 150 countries. These sites, which are selected on the basis of cultural, historical, or natural significance for humanity, are legally protected by international treaties with the intention of preserving them for posterity.

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration ∼ UNESCO

If you have been following my blog for some time at least you would know that I’m passionate about heritage. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment or place where my interest in all things heritage began, but I can safely say that considering that most of my travels are planned around exploring, understanding and experiencing historical and heritage sites, it is an interest that is growing by the day and with every trip.

I am not much for ticking items off a list — either real or imaginary. But there is something about a UNESCO World Heritage List that makes me very interested (even though I may not always agree with their choice !). For one, it’s a list of something I’m interested in; for another, it involves travel. So what’s not to love? 😀

In the last 12 years or so I have visited 27 sites in India and 22 sites in England, Switzerland, Italy, Uzbekistan, Belgium, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Presenting photographs from UNESCO World Heritage sites that I have visited in 8 countries along with links to blog posts written if any.

Clicking on any of the captioned photographs will start a slide show and you can click on the arrow keys to navigate through the set. Once you have finished seeing the photos, don’t forget to come back to read the rest of the post.

In addition to the inscribed list, there are more than 1,600 (cultural and natural) sites on UNESCO’s tentative list for countries (or state parties as UNESCO prefers to call them) to nominate for inclusion in the World Heritage Sites List. India has about 49 sites and while no list can really be comprehensive, some omissions are glaring, not to mention puzzling. For example, Kanheri Caves (Mumbai), the temples and palaces of Ahoms (Sibsagar), the painted towns of Shekhawati, Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur), Hill Forts of Maharashtra, Ranakpur Jain Temple, just to name a few.

I have visited more than 20 sites from this tentative list in India and abroad and hope that at least the more deserving and unique ones make it to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list soon.

Clicking on any of the captioned photographs below will start a slide show. Once you have finished seeing the photos, don’t forget to come back to read the rest of the post.

Hope you enjoyed travelling with me to the various UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as heritage sites-to be with me. I hope you enjoyed reading about them too. This is a dynamic page and as and when I visit a new (for me) UNESCO-listed site, this page gets updated with photographs and/or links to blog posts written.

Tell me, which ones from My UNESCO World Heritage Site list have you visited? And which ones do you want to visit? 🙂

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