UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Angkor Wat -my most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site
   When I was in Peru in August 2012, I noticed that Cusco was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It occurred to me that I had been to several through the years, and I wondered how many there were and how many I had been to. So I decided to do a post of all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites I had visited.

Since that time, I’ve continued to update this post. The most recent UNESCO site I’ve visited was Angkor Wat and the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Prior to that it was Stelling van Amsterdam, or the defense line of Amsterdam, built between 1880 and 1914. 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to be of cultural or physical significance. There are presently over 962 such sites.

The 46 World Heritage Sites I’ve been to include:


• Stelling van Amsterdam (defense line of Amsterdam) in Haarlem

Fort benoorden Spaarndam, part of the defense line of Amsterdam


• Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg


• Historic Centre of Vienna

Vienna Opera House


• Sydney Opera House



• La Grand-Place, Brussels


• Angkor 


• Rapa Nui National Park


Rapa Nui (the indigenous name for Easter Island)

• Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso



• The Great Wall


Great Wall at Mutianyu


Great Wall at Badaling

• Classical Gardens of Suzhou



• Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing

Temple of Heaven

• Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (Forbidden City)

Forbidden City

Czech Republic
• Historic Centre of Prague



• Historic Cairo


Cairo and the Nile

• Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur

Giza and the Pyramids

• Palace and Park of Versailles
• Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
• Paris, Banks of the Seine


Banks of the Seine

Town of Bamberg


• Würtzberg Residenz



• Agra Fort 

• Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly, Victoria Station)

• Elephanta Caves

At Elephanta Caves


Inside the Elephanta Caves

• Fatehpur Sikri

• Hill Forts of Rajastan

The Amber Fort in Jaipur

• Jantar Mantar  (astronomical observation site built in the 18th century)

• Taj Mahal

• Qutb Minar and its Monuments 

• Vatican City

The Vatican

• Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura


Ancient Roman Ruins



• Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama



• City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

• Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco


The Zocalo in Mexico City

• Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Climbing Teotihuacan

• City of Cuzco

Plaza de Armas in Cuzco

• Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Arriving at the Sun Gate with Machu Picchu below

Russian Federation
• Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow


At the Kremlin

South Africa 

• Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (Cape Town)


• Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

La Alhambra
Inside the Alhambra in Granada (Spring 1999)

• Works of Antoni Gaudi

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
Me inside Gaudi’s Park Güell in Barcelona, 1999 

• Historic City of Toledo


Toledo, Spain

United Kingdom
• Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

• Tower of London

• Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church

• Statue of Liberty

• San Antonio Mission (including the Alamo)

The Alamo, 2009

(Updated December 8, 2018 from original post in October, 2012)

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