8 Must See World Heritage Sites
The world is a big and beautiful place. The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has spent the last 40 years preserving man-made wonders for future generations to enjoy. They started their list in 1978 with 12 sites and it has ballooned to over 1000 since then. These sites inspire, teach and amaze the thousands of visitors that are lucky enough to see them in person every year. The following is our list of must-see UNESCO world heritage sites. Unfortunately, some of them may not be around for long, so go explore them while you can!
1. Taj Mahal in Agra, India
The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by Emperor Shan Jahan to memorialize his beloved wife Mumtaz Majal after her passing. 400 years later it still stands as the ultimate monument of undying love.
2. Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on Earth; it can even be seen from space. It is a 2300 km ecosystem with hundreds of islands, 600 different types of coral, and thousands of sea animals living there. Everyone should snorkel here at least once!
3. Petra in Jordan
Literally carved out for the red rock in Jordan, the “Lost City” of Petra dates to about 300 BC. It was rediscovered by Swiss archaeologists in 1812. We can’t wait to visit it in person!
4. Venice, Italy
We absolutely love Venice! Unfortunately, Venice is slowly sinking into the sea. UNESCO and other world heritage collectives have been working tirelessly to prop up the “Floating City”, sadly to no avail. Experts estimate that in less than 100 years, Venice will be no more, that means we need to enjoy this amazing, romantic city while we still can.
5. Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Sitting high atop the a rocky mountain overlooking the city of Athens is one of the worlds most recognized and truly adored wonders. The Acropolis and Parthenon are where modern civilization took root. Go and marvel at the place where democracy was born.
6. Mont Saint Michel, France
Mont Saint Michel is a magical island topped with a gravity defying abbey. It is about 1 km off the coast of Normandy. It almost feels like it was dropped into the ocean by accident. And in a way, it feels like it will just disappear one day. The abbey has been floating in the ocean since the 10th century, so it should still be there when you finally make it to France.
7. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
These pyramids are the oldest and most intact of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Built around 2500 BC, they remain a testament to our ancestor’s level of ingenuity and engineering abilities. We have to admit that the Pyramids of Giza and Petra have been on our bucket list for as long as we can remember. We simply must see them in person some day.
8. Machu Picchu, Peru
Built in the 15th Century by the Incas, Machu Picchu is one of the most photographed cities in the world. we can personally attest that it is physically stunning in person! It is renowned for its sophisticated construction. Many of the buildings play on the view and the astrological alignments, but the exact use of Machu Picchu remains a mystery to this day.
We certainly hope this list inspires you to travel and take in this big beautiful world of of ours and meet its amazing people!