If you love to travel, then the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the places to visit. These destinations will never disappoint your desire for world-class beauty.
This year, 2016, the UNESCO’s latest additions to their growing list of world heritage sites are from different lands. Some are from the mountainous side, while others are in the desert or on islands. Check them out here and add them to your vacation list.
Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay-Mukkawar Island, Sudan
The Red Sea is the home to various kinds of creatures peacefully enjoying its rich resources from the sea below. At about 25 kilometers from the coast of Sudan lies the Sanganeb Marine National Park. Also, 125 kilometers north of Port Sudan is the gorgeous Dungonab Bay and Mukkawar Island. Both of these are habitats to various seabirds, marine mammals, fish, sharks, turtles and manta rays.
Lut Desert, Iran
The Iranian land has unusual formations caused by an erosion in an arid area. The Lut Desert is both an arid and subtropical region in the southeastern part of the country. Strong winds resulted in erosion forming these formations.
Khangchendzonga National Park, India
The Himalayas will never get enough of beautiful landscapes to offer. The Khangchendzonga National Park is vested with snow-capped peaks, plunging valleys, glaciers, lakes and vast plains.
Western Tien-Shan, China
The site of the Tien-Shan mountain range entertains visitors with its rich landscapes and biodiversity. The transnational mountain range is one of the greatest in the world. It also serves as a boundary of China with countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.
Ennedi Massif, Chad
The lonely place of Ennedi Massif is gradually sculpted over time by the natural elements of wind and water. Home to many ancient rock and cave paintings, this sandstone place also features valleys, cliffs, arches and canyons.
The Ahwar, Iraq
This Iraqi site was the former settlement of the ancient Sumerians. Archaeological sites and marshes are found in the Ahwar. The place is rich in precious history thousands of years old.
The works of Le Corbusier
Architect Le Corbusier is known as the man who changed the language of architecture through his innovation and vision. Le Corbusier is a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, and urban planner. His works are located in countries like France, Switzerland, Argentina, and Germany, among others.
Hubei Shennongjia, China
The forestry district in the Hubei province of China is rich with natural attractions and resources. It is recognized for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Shennongjia is the 50th world heritage site in China.
Mistaken Point, Canada
There are great secrets hiding in a 17-kilometer strip of rugged coastal cliffs in the Newfoundland island of Canada. The Mistaken Point is home to various large fossils on earth. The cliffs in the area date back to about 580-560 million years ago.
Archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara, India
Dated back to third century BC, this archaeological site served as an educational center for many centuries. The site was also a Buddhist monastery during the ancient kingdom of Magadha. It was the center of learning from 7th century BC to the year 1200.
Gorham’s Cave Complex, Gibraltar
In British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, a place is known to be the last habitat of Neanderthals in Europe. It is featured with steep limestone cliffs. The cave complex includes the caves of Gorham, Vanguard, Hyaena and Bennett’s.
Archeological site of Ani, Turkey
The former Armenian city was built some 1,500 years ago in this Turkish province near the Armenian border. Ani, Turkey sits near the Akhurian River and the mountain range, both are ancient trading routes.
Antequera Dolmens Site, Spain
Three cultural and two natural monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the Antequera Dolmens Site. Cultural caves include Dolmen of Menga, Dolmen of Viera and the Beehive tomb of El Romeral. All are located in the city of Antequera and were found to have passed all the required conditions to be a world heritage site.
Archaeological site of Philippi, Greece
The ancient city of Philippi has many stories untold to the modern world. King Philip II of Macedonia established the city in 356 BC. Remains of Philippi are still at the present-day region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.
Stecci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards, Europe
Various graveyards were found across the four Baltic countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. These graveyards feature impressive decorations which date back to 12th and 16th century AD.
Nan Madol, Micronesia
A total of 99 artificial islets were created in the southeast off of Pohnpei. In these islets stood the Nan Madol, a ruined city which served as the capital of the Saudeleur Dynasty until 1628. It was also the ceremonial center of Eastern Micronesia.
Persian Qanat, Iran
Over the centuries that passed, people in the desert survive with the help of Qanats. The Iranian Qanat in the city of Gonabad has been providing both drinking and agricultural water for 2,700 years now.
Zoujiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, China
Aside from the great view, this place is also rich in history. As early as 5th century BC, the Luo Yue people inhabited these steep rock formations in southwest China. There are 38 formations in this cultural landscape.
Archipielgo de Revillagigedo, Mexico
The peaks of a submerged mountain range now form this archipelago. A view of the great Pacific Ocean adds beauty to these volcanic islands.
Antigua Naval Dockyard, Antigua
Britain’s legacy in Antigua is well-preserved even if it was built in late 18th to early 19th centuries. The Georgian buildings in the Antiguan dockyard were built by African slaves under the supervision and order of the British navy.
Pampulha Modern Ensemble, Brazil
Created in the 1940s, the artificial lake, casino, church, and yacht club are examples of Brazilian modern architecture. The gorgeous ensemble was designed by Oscar Niemeyer.