In the glorious history of past several millennia, the brilliance of man has manifested innumerable astonishing feats into reality, especially in the field of the architecture & he artwork. Some of these monuments exhibit a stupendous implementation of engineering as well as an artistic vision. Such monuments, which were built defying the technical limitations in the respective era of the construction, are rightly honored by UNESCO by crowning such places as the ‘World Heritage Sites’.
Here we present a list of such ‘Top 25 Must See World Heritage Sites’ that surely deserve your visits at least once in the lifetime!
- TAJ MAHAL, INDIA:
Standing on the banks of the River ‘Yamuna’ in the city of Agra, the spectacular ‘Tajmahal’, built entirely in the white marble, exhibits the finest epitome of ‘Mughal Architecture’ while reviving the legend of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan’s love for his late wife! The magnificent building of ‘Tajmahal’ serves as a mausoleum of Emperor Shahjahan’s wife ‘Mumtajmahal’ & is often regarded as the symbol of love! This exquisite structure is famous for its extensive artwork, symmetrical structure, slender minarets, massive dome & eye-pleasing surrounding garden.
- AMSTARDAM’S CANAL RING, NETHERLANDS:
The 17th century dug stunning canal network that runs more than 100 kms forming concentric belts, known as ‘Grachtengordel’, around the city of ‘Amsterdam’ was declared as the ‘World heritage site’ by UNESCO in 2010. The three main canals, namely- ‘Herengracht’, ‘Prinsengracht’ & ‘Keizersgracht’, flanked by nearly 1550 colossal building give the testimonials of the ‘Dutch Golden Era’. This phenomenal city features 90 islands & around 150 bridges & is renowned as one of the best city for travelers! Read More…
- JERONIMOS MONASTERY, PORTUGAL:
Built by ‘Infante Henry the Navigator’ in 1459, the ‘Jeronimos Monastery’, often called as ‘Hieronymites Monastery’, resides near the parish of ‘Belem’ in the city of Lisbon. The place was declared as ‘World Heritage site’ by UNESCO in 1983 & is known as the finest example of the Portuguese late ‘Gothic Manueline’ style of architecture! Read More….
- LAS MEDULAS, SPAIN:
‘Las Medulas’ is a historical site that once served as the most prominent gold mine in the reign of the mighty ‘Roman Empire’. The site is located near the town of Ponferrada in the province of ‘El Bierzo’, Spain. Seven aqueducts were used to draw extensive gold deposits by using the ancient Roman mining technique called ‘Ruina Montium’. The landscape in the vicinity is simply breathtaking & hence has been included in the list of ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO! Read More….
- ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA:
Regarded as the largest religious monument in the world, ‘Cambodia’ based temple of ‘Angkor Wat’ is the country’s most reputed tourist attractions. This phenomenal temple was constructed by the Khmer King Suryavarmn II in the early 12th century for commemorating the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple showcases the prowess of the Khmer architecture & was designed to represent the ‘Mount Meru’(mythological abode of Hindu Gods). Read More….
- JAIPUR CITY, INDIA:
The world famous ‘Pink City’ of India- ‘Jaipur’ is the house of some of the most amazing architectures in the country. The city is known for its rich collection of spectacular palaces & massive fortresses, those crowns the surrounding mountains. This pre-modern city of India was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh II & is known for its regal appearance & pleasing hospitality. Read More….
- BERNINA EXPRESS, SWITZERLAND/ ITALY:
Recognized as one of the most scenic rides around the globe, the ‘Bernina Express’, connecting Chur in ‘Switzerland’ to Poschiavo & Tirano in ‘Italy’, runs through the heavenly landscape of swiss Edgadin Alps. The train is operated by the ‘Rhaetian Railway’ company & its path wriggles along the ‘Bernina line’ & ‘Albula line’ which were jointly declared as the ‘World Heritage Sites’ in 2008. Read More….
- CHICHEN ITZA, MEXICO:
The archaeological site of ‘Chichen Itza’, located in the Yucatan province of ‘Mexico’, was a huge pre-Columbian city of the ancient ‘Maya dynasty’. ‘Chichen Itza’ was one of the most remarkable city of Maya people & it served as the most influential city in the northern Maya lowlands. The City houses multitudes of buildings which were built using different architectural styles. The site was declared as the ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in 1988 & one of the colossal monuments named- the Kukulkan Pyramid, famously known as ‘El Castilo’ was elected as the ‘New Seven Wonders’ of the world in 2007. Read More….
- WADI RUM, JORDAN:
The ‘World Heritage Site’ called ‘Wadi Rum’ is a valley carved into the granite & the sandstone rocks & is located in the southern Jordanian province. Myriad cultures have flourished in ‘Wadi Rum’ since prehistoric times & many of them have left their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti & carvings. The ‘Wadi Rum’ is the largest wadi in Jordan & it has now become the rock climber’s paradise, who flock this place in order to scale the sharp, vertical rock walls of this amazing landscape! Read More…
- ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRALIA:
‘Uluru’ is Australia’s most prominent natural symbol which has earned fame for its startling sandstone monolith that stands 348 meters tall flaunting graffiti inscribed by various indigenous tribes that lived in its vicinity. This magnificent national park occupies staggering 1,326 sq. kms of area. The sandstone monolith named as ‘Uluru’ & a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes called as ‘Kata Tjuta’ are the prime attractions of this National park & both the places are included in the list of the ‘World Heritage sites’ by UNESCO. Both the places are considered sacred by the indigenous people of the Anangu tribe who revere these places as the abodes of their ancestors. Read More….
- GALAPAGOS ISLAND, ECUADOR:
The ‘Galapagos Islands’ consist of an archipelago of volcanic islands nestled amidst the ‘Pacific Ocean’ forming a part of an Ecuadorian province. The islands are world renowned for their extensive collection of vast number of endemic species which were studied by ‘Charles Darwin’ when he was working on his revolutionary theory of ‘Evolution of Life by Natural Selection’. Read More….
- STONEHENGE, GREAT BRITAIN:
The pre-historic colossal stone monuments called ‘Stonehenge’ are the pride possessions of the Great Britain & are considered as one of the most widely known structures in the world. The ‘Stonehenge’ consists of a ring formation of massive stones bounded by the circular earthwork & ditch. The ‘Stonehenge’ was supposedly erected in as early as 3000 BC & it was declared as the ‘World Heritage site’ in 1986 by UNESCO. The site remains as an icon of English Heritage & is visited by myriad visitors from all round the world. Read More…
- PARTHENON, GREECE:
Often tagged as the best preserved symbol of ancient ‘Greece’ & ‘Athenian democracy’, the ‘Parthenon’ is the former ancient temple on the Athenian Acropolis which was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. The temple was built between 447 BC & 432 BC, when the ‘Greek Empire’ was at the apex of its glory. Although the temple was attacked by a number of riders throughout its history, it still retains some of the best ruins of classical Greek architecture & artwork. Read More….
- IGUAZU FALLS, ARGENTINA/ BRAZIL:
Serving as the border between world’s greatest soccer rivals- ‘Brazil’ & ‘Argentina’, the ‘Iguazu waterfalls’ are known for their jaw-dropping rugged beauty. The falls are situated on the ‘Iguazu River’ that flows through ‘Brazil’ for most of its course before meeting with the ‘San Antonio River’. ‘Argentina’ holds the larger share a they possesses the majority of the falls. Read More…
- FRASER ISLAND, AUSTRALIA:
The miraculous ‘Fraser Island’, situated along Australia’s southern coast of Queensland is considered as the largest sand island in the world spanning approximately 1840 km2. Although the land of the island is covered with the sand that has been accumulating for past 750,000 years, lush green foliage can be seen thriving on this island, thanks to the presence of mycorrhizal fungi in the sand that can form essential nutrients required by the plants. The rich flora of this island provide shelter to a few species of mammals & wide range of birds, reptiles & amphibians including ferocious saltwater crocodiles. This astounding island was declared as a heritage site by the UNESCO in 1992. Read More…
- STEPHANSPLATZ, AUSTRIA:
The ‘Stephansplatz’ is a historic square that resides right in the heart of Austria’s city of Vienna. The square is located in the vicinity of Vienna’s grand ‘St. Stephan cathedral’, which is renowned for its mesmerizing beauty & astonishing artwork. The square is flanked by exclusive shopping streets named- ‘Graben’ & ‘Karntner Strabe’ located to the west & south of the square respectively. A spectacular piece of modern architecture called ‘Haas-Haus’ by ‘Hans Hollein’ stands opposite to the ‘Stephansplatz’. At night, the surrounding of ‘Stephansplatz’ glitters like gold as it gets illuminated by the extensive light-work which pleases the eyesight of the spectators!
- THE GREAT WALL AT BADALING, CHINA:
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‘Badaling’ is the most revered section of the world famous ‘Great Wall of China’ which is annually visited by millions of tourists. ‘Badaling’ is located approximately 50 miles from the Chinese capital city of Beijing & can be approached easily by using the elaborate transportation network. The site is located around 1,015 meters above sea level & has visited in the past by some of the most influential personalities in the world, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan, Margaret Thatcher & Mikhail Gorbachev.
- PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK, CROATIA:
The ‘Plitvice Lakes National Park’ was among the first natural sites in the world which was registered by UNESCO as the ‘World Heritage Sites’. The National Park is located in the alpine terrain of Karst region of ‘Central Croatia’. The park is the oldest national park in southeast Europe & was founded in 1949. Every year, more than a million visitors flock to this place to experience the rugged beauty of its splendid landscape. Read More….
- CESKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC:
The ‘Cesky Krumlov’ is a small town located in the south Bohemian province in the ‘Czech Republic’. The old town of ‘Cesky Krumlov’, along with the ‘Cesky Krumlov Castle’ was declared as the ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO. Read More….
- MONT SAINT MICHEL, FRANCE:
One of the most prominent landmarks of France, ‘Mont Saint Michel Island’ & its bay are recognized as the ‘World Heritage Sites’. The place is situated approximately 1km off the coast of Normandy, at the opening of the ‘Couesnon River’ near ‘Ayranches’. The island has been the strategic stronghold since ancient time & has become the seat of the monastery post 8th century AD. The island follows the township planning penned by the ‘Feudal society’ which consists of the positioning the gods, the abbey & monastery at the topmost level followed successively by the great halls, the housing & fishermen’s houses. The natural fortifications provided by the high & low tides played heroic role in keeping it impregnable during the ‘Hundred Year’s War’ against the ragging English attack in 1433. Read More…
- MUSEUM PLANTIN-MORETUS, BELGIUM:
The famous museum in Antwerp named- ‘Plantin-Moretus’ possesses an extensive collection of typographical material, including two oldest surviving printing presses, complete sets of dies & matrices. The museum was founded in the memories of 16th century printers in Belgium, namely- Christophe Plantin & his son-in-law Jan Moretus. The museum is located in the former residence & printing press of ‘Plantin’ near ‘Friday Market’. The place was honored by UNESCO in 2005 by including it in the list of ‘World Heritage Sites’. Read More….
- TIVOLI, ITALY:
An ancient town of ‘Tivoli’ is situated in Lazio at the falls of the ‘Aniene River’ amidst ‘Sabine Hills’. The city had strategic importance during the Roman era as it was situated on the way that would cross the alpine regions on the ‘Apennines’ towards the ‘Abruzzo’. The town has been inhabited since the 13th century BC & its classical name ‘Tibur’ was supposedly originated from the river Tiber. Read More….
- GRAND PLACE, BELGIUM:
The ‘Grand Place’ is one of the most spectacular squares in the city of Brussels, which is visited by thousands of tourists every year from around the globe. The square is flanked by a harmonious blend of public & private buildings that dates back mainly from the late 17th century. The ‘Breadhouse‘, the ‘Museum of the city of Brussels’ & the ‘Town hall’ are among the most famous buildings which are standing in the vicinity of the square. The square measures 110 X 68 meters & is the most remarkable landmark of the city. Read More….
- GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK, CANADA:
The ‘Gros Morne National Park’ is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada located on the western coast of Newfoundland. The national park is famous for its stupendous natural beauty & pristine nature. The place is hugely popular amongst the adventurous travelers who enjoy indulging in various recreational activities including hiking, camping & boating. The national park is blessed with immaculate nature, serene beaches & miraculous eroded relics of mountain terrain formed some 1.2 billion years back & it was declared as the ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in the year 1987.
- KROMERIZ CASTLE & GARDEN, CZECH REPUBLIC:
The ‘Kromriz Castle’ & the surrounding baroque styled garden are the part of the site which was declared by UNESCO as the ‘World Heritage’. The Kromeriz stands on the banks of the ‘River Morava’ at the foot of the Chriby mountain range. The garden is the major highlight of the site & is recognized as one of the most beautiful gardens in the word. Read More….