UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Anthropological, geological, biological and geographical treasures preserved

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) spotlights and protects certain places on Earth as World Heritage Sites. UNESCO recognizes the sites as having a special significance—natural, cultural or mixed properties—to all humankind. Such sites can be:

  • Buildings
  • Cities
  • Complexes
  • Deserts
  • Forests
  • Islands
  • Lakes
  • Monuments
  • Mountains
  • And more…
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park in New Zealand
Source: blackdiamondimages
UNESCO listed 1,031 World Heritage Sites as of July 2015. Italy has the most with 51, then China with 48. Spain’s next with 44. France and Germany have 41 and 40, respectively. The United States has 22 sites, including 11 national parks:

Endangered World Heritage Sites

Air and Tenere Natural ReservesAir and Ténéré Natural Reserves in Niger
Attribution: Jacques Taberlet
Reason: Military conflict, civil disturbance, wildlife reduction and vegetation degradation
Bosra AmphitheaterAncient City of Bosra in Syria
Source: (Ergo)
Reason: Syrian Civil War
Church in GeorgiaHistorical Monuments of Mtskheta in Georgia
Source: Public domain
Reason: Concerns about site preservation
Church-of-the-NativityBirthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem in Palestine
Source: Public domain
Reason: Water damage
Rainforests of the AtsinananaRainforests of the Atsinanana in Madagascar
Source: Madagascar Andringitra
Reason: Illegal logging and lemur hunting
Tropical Rainforest Heritage of SumatraTropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra in Indonesia
Source: Wallpaper Abyss
Reason: Poaching, illegal logging, agriculture and new roads
Everglades National ParkEverglades National Park in the United States
Source: John Anderson | Dreamstime
Reason: Hurricane Andrew, water flow deterioration, marine habitat loss
TimbuktuTimbuktu in Mali
Source: Alexandra Huddleston
Reason: Threat of destruction by Al-Qaeda, Ansar Dine and Boko Haram

World Heritage Site gallery

Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina
Source: I, Luca Galuzzi
Cultural Landscape of Sintra in Portugal
Source: Guillaume70
Tasmanian Wilderness in Tasmania
Source: Public Domain
Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in China
Source: rain
Messel Pit Fossil Site in Germany
Source: Naturmuseum Senckenberg
Great Living Chola Temples in India
Source: Arian Zwegers
Shiretoko in Japan
Source: Calvin Seah
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua in Italy
Source: Botanical
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino in Mexico
Source: Andrea Izzotti_Shutterstock

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