World Heritage Sites

We would like to see them all, but so far, we’ve only seen the ones in red.  How have you done?  I’m uncertain any of us have enough time to have visited even a majority of them.   Looking at the criteria, they are all worthwhile.  Even having traveled as much as we have,  we’ve seen very few, but are very pleased to have seen as many as we have. 

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According to Wikipedia, as of 2010, 911 sites are listed: 704 cultural, 180 natural, and 27 mixed properties, in 151 States.  Italy is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites to date with 45 sites inscribed on the list. UNESCO references each World Heritage Site with an identification number; but new inscriptions often include previous sites now listed as part of larger descriptions. As a result, the identification numbers exceed 1200 even though there are fewer on the list.

While each World Heritage Site remains part of the legal territory of the state wherein the site is located, UNESCO considers it in the interest of the international community to preserve each site.

The Criteria for Selection

To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself.

Until the end of 2004, World Heritage sites were selected on the basis of six cultural and four natural criteria. With the adoption of the revised Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, only one set of ten criteria exists.

Selection criteria:

  1. to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;
  2. to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;
  3. to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;
  4. to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;
  5. to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change;
  6. to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria);
  7. to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;
  8. to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;
  9. to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;
  10. to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

The protection, management, authenticity and integrity of properties are also important considerations.

Since 1992 significant interactions between people and the natural environment have been recognized as cultural landscapes.

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 We hope you will have the opportunity to visit those sites you wish to see.  We wish us both luck with visiting the remainder!

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The World Heritage Sites List


Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley




Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra



Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad


M'Zab Valley

Tassili n'Ajjer 



Kasbah of Algiers


Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley



Los Glaciares 

Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) 

Iguazu National Park

Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas

Península Valdés

Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks

Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba

Quebrada de Humahuaca



Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots

Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley



Great Barrier Reef

Kakadu National Park

Willandra Lakes Region

Lord Howe Island Group

Tasmanian Wilderness

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Wet Tropics of Queensland

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Fraser Island

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)

Heard and McDonald Islands

Macquarie Island

Greater Blue Mountains Area

Purnululu National Park

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Sydney Opera House

Australian Convict Sites



Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape

Semmering Railway

City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

Wachau Cultural Landscape

Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape 

Historic Centre of Vienna



Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape



Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun



Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat

Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur

The Sundarbans



Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest 

Mir Castle Complex

Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh

Struve Geodetic Arc 



Flemish Béguinages

La Grand-Place, Brussels

The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainault)

Belfries of Belgium and France 

Historic Centre of Brugge

Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)

Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai

Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex

Stoclet House



Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System


Royal Palaces of Abomey

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

City of Potosí

Jesuit Missions of the Choquitos

Historic City of Sucre

Fuerte de Samaipata

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad






Historic Town of Ouro Preto

Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda

Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) 

Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

Iguaçu National Park


Serra da Capivara National Park

Historic Centre of São Luís

Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves

Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves

Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina

Central Amazon Conservation Complex 

Pantanal Conservation Area

Brazilian Atlantic Islands 

Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks

Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás

São Francisco Square in the Town of São Cristóvão



Boyana Church

Madara Rider

Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo

Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

Ancient City of Nessebar

Pirin National Park

Rila Monastery

Srebarna Nature Reserve

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

Burkina Faso

Ruins of Loropéni




Temple of Preah Vihear


Dja Faunal Reserve


L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Nahanni National Park 

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek 

Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump

SGang Gwaay

Wood Buffalo National Park

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

Historic District of Old Québec

Gros Morne National Park

Old Town Lunenburg

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park 

Miguasha National Park

Rideau Canal

Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Cape Verde

Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande


Central African Republic

Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park



Rapa Nui National Park

Churches of Chiloé

Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

Sewell Mining Town



Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Quia Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyana

Mausoleum of the First Qui Emporer

Mogao Caves

Mount Taishan

Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian

The Great Wall 

Mount Huangshan

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains

Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu

Lushan National Park

Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area

Ancient City of Ping Yao

Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Old Town of Lijiang

Summer Palace and Imperial Garden in Beijing

Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing

Dazu Rock Carvings

Mount Wuyi

Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun

Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

Longmen Grottoes

Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Yungang Grottoes

Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas

Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

Historic Centre of Macao

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains

Yin Xu

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

South China Karst

Fujian Tulou

Mount Sanqingshan National Park

Mount Wutai

China Danxia

Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”



Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Los Katíos National Park

Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox

National Archeological Park of Tierradentro

San Agustín Archaeological Park

Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary


Costa Rica

Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park 

Cocos Island National Park

Area de Conservación Guanacaste


Côte d'Ivoire

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Taï National Park

Comoé National Park



Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian

Old City of Dubrovnik

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

Historic city of Trogir

The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik

Stari Grad Plain



Old Havana and its Fortifications

Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba

Desembarco del Granma National Park

Viñales Valley

Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos

Historic Centre of Camagüey




Painted Churches in the Troodos Region



Czech Republic

Historic Centre of Český Krumlov

Historic Centre of Prague

Historic Centre of Telč  

Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora  

Holašovice Historical Village Reservation  

Kutna Hora: Hisroeical town Center

Ledice-Valtice Cultural Landscape

Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz

Litomyšl Castle

Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

Tugendhat Villa in Brno

Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč


Democratic Republic of the Congo

Virunga National Park

Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Garamba National Park

Salonga National Park

Okapi Wildlife Reserve



Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church

Roskilde Cathedral

Kronborg Castle

Ilulissat Icefjord



Morne Trois Pitons National Park


Dominican Republic

Colonial City of Santo Domingo



City of Quito

Galapagos Islands 

Sangay National Park

Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca



Abu Mena 

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Historic Cairo

Memphis and its Necropolis 

Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur 

Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae 

Saint Catherine Area

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)


El Salvador

Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site



Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn

Struve Geodetic Arc 



Simien National Park

Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region


Lower Valley of the Awash

Lower Valley of the Omo


Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town



Fortress of Suomenlinna

Old Rauma

Petäjävesi Old Church

Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki

High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago

Struve Geodetic Arc 



Chartres Cathedral

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

Palace and Park of Versailles

Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley

Vézelay, Church and Hill

Amiens Cathedral

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

Palace and Park of Fontainebleau

Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange

From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt

Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve 

Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy

Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)

Strasbourg – Grande île

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims

Paris, Banks of the Seine

Bourges Cathedral

Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge

Canal du Midi

Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

Pyrénées - Mont Perdu

Historic Site of Lyons

Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France

Belfries of Belgium and France

Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion

The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes 

Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs

Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret

Bordeaux, Port of the Moon

Fortifications of Vauban

Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems

Episcopal City of Albi

Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island



Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda



James Island and Related Sites

Stone Circles of Senegambia 



Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery

Historical Monuments of Mtskheta

Upper Svaneti



Aachen Cathedral

Speyer Cathedral

Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Squar

Pilgrimage Church of Wies

Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl

St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim

Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier

Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Hanseatic City of Lübeck

Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch

Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System 

Maulbronn Monastery Complex

Town of Bamberg

Collegiate Church, Castle, and Old Town of Quedlinburg

Völklingen Ironworks

Messel Pit Fossil Site

Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau

Cologne Cathedral

Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg

Classical Weimar

Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin

Wartburg Castle

Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz

Monastic Island of Reichenau

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen

Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar

Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski

Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen

Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

Berlin Modernism Housing Estates

The Wadden Sea 



Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions

Asante Traditional Buildings



Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae 

Acopolis, Athens

Archaeological Site of Delphi

Medieval City of Rhodes


Mount Athos

Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika

Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus

Archaeological Site of Mystras

Archaeological site of Olympia


Monistaries of Daphni, Hosios and Nea Moni of Chios

Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos

Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)

Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

Historic Center with Monastery of Saint John 

Old Town of Corfu



Antigua Guatemala

Tikal National Park

Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua


Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve 


National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers

Holy See

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

Vatican City


Maya Site of Copan

Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve



Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings

Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst 

Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment

Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta

Early Christian Christian Necropolis of Pecs

Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape

Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape



Pingvellir National Park




Agra Fort

Ajanta Caves

Ellora Caves

Taj Mahal

Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

Sun Temple, Konârak

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Kaziranga National Park

Keoladeo National Park

Churches and Convents of Goa

Fatehpur Sikri

Group of Monuments at Hampi

Khajuraho Group of Monuments

Elephanta Caves

Great Living Chola Temples

Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

Sundarbans National Park

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

Mountain Railways of India

Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Red Fort Complex

The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur



Borobudur Temple Compounds

Komodo National Park

Prambanan Temple Compounds

Ujung Kulon National Park

Sangiran Early Man Site

Lorentz National Park

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra


Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Meidan Emam, Esfahan


Tchogha Zanbil

Takht-e Soleyman

Bam and its Cultural Landscape




Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System

Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil

Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex




Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)

Samarra Archaeological City



Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

Skellig Michael




Old City of Acre

White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement

Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba

Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev

Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee



Rock Drawings in Valcamonica

Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with

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

Historic Center of Florence

Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

Venice and its Lagoon

Historic Centre of San Gimignano

The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera

City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

Crespi d'Adda

Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

Historic Centre of Naples

Historic Centre of Siena

Castel del Monte

Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna

Historic Centre of the City of Pienza

The Trulli of Alberobello

18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex

Archaeological Area of Agrigento

Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua

Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena

Costiera Amalfitana

Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

Su Nuraxi di Barumini

Villa Romana del Casale

Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia

Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula

Historic Centre of Urbino

Villa Adriana (Tivoli)

Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites

City of Verona

Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

Villa d'Este, Tivoli

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy

Monte San Giorgio 

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia

Val d'Orcia

Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica

Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli

Mantua and Sabbioneta

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes 

The Dolomites



Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area




Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Shrines and Temples of Nikko

Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range


Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape




Jerusalem (Site proposed by Jordan)

Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls


Quseir Amra

Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)


Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly

Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan



Lake Turkana National Parks 

Mount Kenya National Park

Lamu Old Town

Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests



Phoenis Islands Protected Area


Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

Complex of Koguryo Tombs


Korea, Republic of

Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks

Jongmyo Shrine

Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

Changdeokgung Palace Complex

Hwaseong Fortress

Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites

Gyeongju Historic Areas

Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong



Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain


Lao People's Democratic Republic

Town of Luana Prana  

Phou and Associated ancient Settlements



Historic Center of Riga

Struve Geodetic Arc







Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Archaeological Site of Cyrene

Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna

Archaeological Site of Sabratha

Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus

Old Town of Ghadamès



Vilnius Historic Centre

Curonian Spit

Kernavė Archaeological Site  

Struve Geodetic Arc



City of Luxembourg: Old Quarters and Fortifications 



Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve

Royal Hill of Ambohimanga

Rainforests of the Atsinanana  


Lake Malawi National Park

Chongoni Rock-Art Area


Gunung Mulu National Park

Kinabalu Park

Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca




Old Towns of Djenné


Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)

Tomb of Askia  



City of Valletta

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Megalithic Temples of Malta 15 

Marshall Islands 

Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site  


Banc d'Arguin National Park

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata



Aapravasi Ghat

Le Morne Cultural Landscape



Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco

Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

Historic Centre of Puebla

Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque

Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Sian Ka'an

Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines

Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

Historic Centre of Morelia

El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City

Historic Centre of Zacatecas

Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco

Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino

Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl

Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro

Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal

Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara

Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco

Historic Fortified Town of Campeche

Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche

Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro

Luis Barragán House and Studio

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California 

Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca



Struve Geodetic Arc



Uvs Nuur Basin

Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape



Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor

Durmitor National Park



Medina of Fez 

Medina of Marrakesh 

Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Historic City of Meknes

Archaeological site of Volubilis

Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)

Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador)

Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida)



Island of Mozambique



Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes



Kathmandu Valley

Sagarmatha National Park

Royal Chitwan National Park

Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha



Schokland and Surroundings

Defence Line of Amsterdam

Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Netherlands Antilles

Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station)

Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder)

Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House)

The Wadden Sea

Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht


New Zealand

Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand

Tongariro National Park

New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands



Ruins of León Viejo



Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves

W National Park of Niger


Sukur Cultural Landscape

Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove




Urnes Stave Church

Røros Mining Town and the Circumference

Rock Art of Alta

Vegaøyan -- The Vega Archipelago

Struve Geodetic Arc *

West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord



Bahla Fort

Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary Delisted 2007

Land of Frankincense

Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman



Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro

Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol


Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore

Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta

Rohtas Fort



Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

Darien National Park

Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park 

Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá

Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection


Papua New Guinea

Kuk Early Agricultural Site



Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue



City of Cuzco

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Chavin (Archaeological Site)

Huascarán National Park 

Chan Chan Archaeological Zone

Manú National Park

Historic Center of Lima

Río Abiseo National Park

Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana

Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa

Sacred City of Caral-Supe



Baroque Churches of the Philippines

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

Historic Town of Vigan

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park



Cracow's Historic Centre

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Auschwitz Birkenau
German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest 

Historic Centre of Warsaw

Old City of Zamość  

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork

Medieval Town of Toruń

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park

Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland

Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski *

Centennial Hall in Wrocław



Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

Convent of Christ in Tomar

Monastery of Batalha

Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon

Historic Centre of Évora

Monastery of Alcobaça

Cultural Landscape of Sintra

Historic Centre of Oporto

Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde

Laurisilva of Madeira

Alto Douro Wine Region

Historic Centre of Guimarães

Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture



Danube Delta

Churches of Moldavia

Monastery of Horezu

Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania 

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains

Historic Centre of Sighişoara

Wooden Churches of Maramureş


Russian Federation 


Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments

Kizhu Pogost

Kremlin and Red Square

Historic Center of Saint Petersburg and Related Monuments

Kizhi Pogost

Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands

Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings

White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal

Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad

Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye

Virgin Komi Forests

Lake Baikal

Volcanoes of Kamchatka 

Golden Mountains of Altai

Western Caucasus

Curonian Spit

Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin

Central Sikhote-Alin

Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent

Uvs Nuur Basin

Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent

Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve

Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl

Struve Geodetic Arc 

Putorana Plateau

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park


Saint Lucia

Pitons Management Area

San Marino

San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano


Saudi Arabia

Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)

At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah



Island of Gorée

Niokolo-Koba National Park

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

Island of Saint-Louis

Stone Circles of Senegambia 



Stari Ras and Sopoćani

Studenica Monastery

Medieval Monuments in Kosovo

Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius


Aldabra Atoll

Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve



Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity

Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments


Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst

Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians 

Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area


Škocjan Caves 


Solomon Islands

East Rennell


South Africa

Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Robben Island

uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

Vredefort Dome

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape



Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada 

Burgos Cathedral

Historic Centre of Cordoba 

Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid

Works of Antoni Gaudí 

Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain

Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias 

Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches

Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)

Garajonay National Park

Historic City of Toledo

Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

Old Town of Cáceres

Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

Old City of Salamanca

Poblet Monastery

Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

Route of Santiago de Compostela

Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe

Doñana National Park

Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

Las Médulas

Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

Pyrénées - Mont Perdu

San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde 

Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares

Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture

San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco

Archaeological Site of Atapuerca

Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí

Palmeral of Elche

Roman Walls of Lugo

Aranjuez Cultural Landscape

Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

Vizcaya Bridge

Teide National Park

Tower of Hercules


Sri Lanka

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Ancient City of Sigiriya

Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

Sacred City of Kandy

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Golden Temple of Dambulla

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka



Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region


Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Historic Inner City of Paramaribo



Royal Domain of Drottningholm

Birka and Hovgården

Engelsberg Ironworks

Rock Carvings in Tanum


Hanseatic Town of Visby

Church Village of Gammelstad, Luleå

Laponian Area

Naval Port of Karlskrona

Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland

High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago

Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun

Varberg Radio Station

Struve Geodetic Arc



Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair

Convent of St Gall

Old City of Berne

Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

Monte San Giorgio 

Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes 

Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning


Syrian Arab Republic

Ancient City of Damascus

Ancient City of Bosra

Site of Palmyra

Ancient City of Aleppo

Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din



Proto-urban site of Sarazm


Tanzania, United Republic of

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara

Serengeti National Park

Selous Game Reserve

Kilimanjaro National Park

Stone Town of Zanzibar

Kondoa Rock-Art Sites



Historic City of Ayutthaya

Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns

Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex

the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region 



Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba



Amphitheatre of El Jem

Archaeological Site of Carthage

Medina of Tunis

Ichkeul National Park

Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis


Medina of Sousse

Dougga / Thugga



Goreme National Park and the rock Sites of Cappadocia

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi

Historic Area if Istanbul

Hattusha: the Hittite Capital

Nemrut Dağ



City of Safranbolu

Archeological Site of Troy   


State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”


Parthian Fortresses of Nisa


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi



Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre

Struve Geodetic Arc 

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians 


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  


Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

Durham Castle and Cathedral

Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast

Ironbridge Gorge

St Kilda

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey

Blenheim Palace

City of Bath

Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church

Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church

Henderson Island

Tower of London

Gough and Inaccessible Islands 

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Maritime Greenwich

Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda

Derwent Valley Mills

Dorset and East Devon Coast

New Lanark


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew  

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal


United States of America

Mesa Verde National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Everglades National Park


Grand Canyon National Park

Independance Hall 

Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek 

Redwood National and State Parks 

Mammoth Cave National Park

Olympic National Park

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Statue of Liberty

Yosemite National Park 

Chaco Culture

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

Pueblo de Taos

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park 




Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento



Itchan Kala

Historic Centre of Bukhara

Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz

Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures


Chief Roi Mata’s Domain


Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Coro and its Port

Canaima National Park

Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas


Viet Nam

Complex of Hué Monuments

Ha Long Bay

Hoi An Ancient Town

My Son Sanctuary

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi



Old Walled City of Shibam

Old City of Sana'a

Historic Town of Zabid

Socotra Archipelago



Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls 



Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas

Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Khami Ruins National Monument

Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

Matobo Hills


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