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Old December 29th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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UNESCO world heritage

I quess one can say my quest in life is to visit all world heritage sites (WHS) in the world. A nearly impossible task giving the fact there are so many and so far spread around the world. But one can always try. Part of the quest is to photograph the sites and share them on scc of course...

In the late summer of 2010 I visited the Plitvice lakes in Croatia and was stunned by its sheer beauty. People who´d visisted before told me it´s like walking through a fairy tale landscape and, being there, it really felt like something special. Since this is a UNESCO world heritage site and I agreed with my partner that we really should do this more often (instead of laying on the beach and drinking beer) we started to look for more sites to visit. After all the sites claim to be of `outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity`.

When we started studying the list we found out that we´d visited some sites already without realising they were declared Unescosites. As this quest is lasting a few years now and after seeing a few sites more it has taught us that you´ll end up watching part of countries which you would otherwise miss and that you can learn some really interesting stuf about particular parts of the history of countries you visit.

A few months back I started a thread in the Dutch subforum about UNESCO sites. Personally I have an interest in architecture, history, culture, nature, travelling and photography. (not that I am a great photographer, far from it, but many of you are...) To put those things together in one thread could be very interesting IMO so I started posting pictures and asked people to do the same. Since than 178 sites in 47 countries have been posted.

As I am eager to see as much sites as possible and because I 'm one of those impatient types I thought of creating a similar thread (open to all) in the international section of the forum. The more people who see it, the more international the crowd is, the better the chance is of people posting pictures of UNESCO-sites all over the world, right? So what I am basically saying is; I would very much appreciate it if members would help me in my quest and post pictures of sites they have visited. There's only one rule, the pics have to be yours! Anyone can pick a photo from the world wide web but it would be much more of a challenge if the skyscrapercity travel community is able to picture the (almost) complete list in photo's in this thread because they were there. It is impossible to do it on your own (unless you have very deep pockets, an overload of time and can do whatever you want without taking count of somebody else) but we, as a community could reach very far I think. You would only have to have a look in all these threads to see and think that. (at least that's what I did.)

To keep things clear and the pages not too long I was thinking of a max of 5 pictures (more or less) per post per site. Exceptions can be made off course when sites consists of multiple monuments and/or locations (which is often the case.) or if you think a site can only be shown in 6 or 7 or more pics. What I would like to avoid however is whole series with an overload of pictures of just one site/monument. Please be selective in your pictures and try to show a site with the number 5 quotum in mind or show it in more 5-pics-postings. Also, please respect someone elses postings and post some pics only if they really add something to the ones already posted. (It can be quite boring to see the same monument over and over again.) On the other hand, if you have a shot with a totally different perspective or of a complete new part of the inscription please do post!

The list according to UNESCO.

Everybody many thanks in advance for taking the effort of posting! You're the best!

The list of sites posted up untill now:

1. Albania

1. Butrint

2. Austria

2. Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
3. Wachau cultural landscape (post 2, post 3)
4. Historic Centre of Vienna (Belvedere, post 3, post 4)

3. Belgium

5. Flemish Béguinages (Bruges, Mechelen)
6. La Grand-Place, Brussels
7. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvičre and Le Roeulx (Hainaut)
8. Belfries of Belgium (post 2, post 3)and France
9. Historic centre of Brugge
10. Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels) (post 2)
11. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)
12. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
13. Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex
14. Stoclet House
15. Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (Grand-Hornu)

4. Bolivia

16. City of Potosí
17. Historic City of Sucre

5. China

18. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

6. Croatia

19. Plitvice Lakes National Park (post 2)
20. Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč
21. The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik

7. Czech Republic

22. Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
23. Historic Centre of Prague
24. Historic Centre of Telč
25. Holašovice Historical Village Reservation
26. Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč

8. Estonia

27. Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn

9. France

28. Chartres Cathedral
29. Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments (post 2) (post 3) (post 4) (post 5)
30. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau
31. Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
32. Strasbourg – Grande île (post 2, post 3, post 4)
33. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims
34. Paris, Banks of the Seine
35. Bourges Cathedral
36. Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
37. Canal du Midi
38. Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
39. Historic Site of Lyons
40. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France(Alyscamps, Bourges)
41. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (post 2, Chambord, post 4)
42. Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
43. Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret
44. Fortifications of Vauban (Neuf-Brisach)
45. The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape
46. Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars

10. Germany

46. Aachen Cathedral
47. Speyer Cathedral
48. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl
49. St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim
50. Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
51: Hanseatic City of Lübeck
52. Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (post 2)
53. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
54. Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System
55. Town of Bamberg (post 2)
56. Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg
57. Völklingen Ironworks
58. Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau
59. Cologne Cathedral
60. Classical Weimar (post 2, post 3)
61. Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin (Alte Nationalgalerie)
62. Wartburg Castle
63. Monastic Island of Reichenau (post 2), (post 3)
64. Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
65. Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar
66. Upper Middle Rhine Valley (post 2)
67. Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen
68. Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof
68. Fagus Factory in Alfeld
69. Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany
70. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
70. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus

11. Greece

71. Medieval City of Rhodes
72. Mount Athos
73. The Old Town of Corfu (Post 2)

12. Holy See

74. Vatican City

13. Hungary

75. Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (post 2)

14. Iceland

76. Ţingvellir National Park

15. India

77. Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
78. Red Fort Complex

16. Italy

79. Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (post 2, 3, 4 and 5)
80. Historic centre of Florence (post 2 palazzo Vecchio, post 3, post 4)
81. Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
82. Historic Centre of San Gimignano
83. Historic Centre of Siena (post 2)
84. Archaeoligical Area of Agrigento
85. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
86. Villa Romana del Casale
87. Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
88. Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily) (Noto, Ragusa, Caltagirone, Catania)
89. Syracuse (post 2) and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
90. The Dolomites
91. Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Boboli Gardens)
92. Mount Etna

17. Luxembourg

93. City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

18. Malawi

94. Lake Malawi National Park

19. Malta

95. City of Valletta
96. Megalithic Temples of Malta

20. Mexico

97. Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
98. Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

21. Netherlands

99. Schokland and Surroundings
100. Defence line of Amsterdam (post 2)
101. Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
102.Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station)
103. Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster polder)
104. Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House)
105. The Wadden Sea
106. Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht (post 2)
107. Van Nellefabriek

22. Pakistan

108. Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
109. Rohtas Fort

23. Philippines

110. Historic Town of Vigan

24. Poland

111. Historic Centre of Kraków

25. Portugal

112. Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores
112. Monastery of Batalha
113. Historic Centre of Oporto
114. Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley (pic 2) and Siega Verde
115. Laurisilva of Madeira
116. Alto Douro Wine Region
117. University of Coimbra - Alta and Sofia

26. Spain

118. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
119. Burgos Cathedral
119. Historic Centre of Cordoba (post 2, post 3 Mezquita, post 4)
120. Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid
121. Works of Antoni Gaudí (Casa Milŕ) (Park Güell) (Casa Batlló)
122. Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
123. Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches
124. Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (post 2)
125. Historic City of Toledo (post 2, 3)
126. Cathedral, Alcázar (post 2)and Archivo de Indias in Seville
126. Old City of Salamanca
127. Dońana National Park
128. Las Médulas
128. University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares
129. Aranjuez Cultural Landscape
130. Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza
131. Teide National Park
132. Vizcayo bridge
133. Antequera Dolmens Site

27. Sweden

134. Royal domain of Drottningholm
135. Birka and Hovgĺrden

28. Switzerland

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

29. Turkey

137. Historical Areas of Istanbul (post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6)
138. Ephesus

30. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

139. Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
139. Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church
140. Maritime Greenwich
141. Heart of Neolithic Orkney
142. Dorset and East Devon Coast

31. United States of America

143. Grand Canyon National Park
144. Redwood National and State Parks
145. Yosemite National Park (post 2)

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Old December 29th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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I'll start with Plitvice since that was the site where it all started for me.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.

Unesco: The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species

Wiki: Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The particularly sensitive travertine barriers are the result of an interplay between water, air and plants. The encrusted plants and bacteria accumulate on top of each other, forming travertine barriers which grow at the rate of about 1 cm per year. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

With regard to plant and animal diversity, the area of the Plitvice Lakes belongs to the most significant areas of Croatia. On the one hand, this is due to climatic conditions and on the other hand due to the location of this area, since the lakes are far away from polluted and noisy cities or industrial plants. For reasons of the poor industrial development of this region and early introduced protection measures, a nearly untouched landscape has been preserved. In the partially primeval beech and fir forests various rare species, such as the brown bear, have survived. At the Plitvice Lakes, all species continue to exist that have already existed before the coming of man. This is a rare case worldwide.






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the park is quite green and serene. BTW, are you using a polaroid (CPL) filter 'cause the water (pic#2) is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lagoon.
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@ capricorn2000: No I didn't, actually a very simple dcc was used. The water is really that clear.

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

As the name of the inscription already shows, this is a multiple location site. The pictures below are taken in Cinque Terre which also is composed of five locations namely the villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

Unesco: The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium.

The site was inscribed in 1997


A walking trail connects the five villages...

...which provide you a nice view. Vernazza seen from the hills



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Strasbourg – Grande île, France

Unesco: Surrounded by two arms of the River Ill, the Grande Ile (Big Island) is the historic centre of the Alsatian capital. It has an outstanding complex of monuments within a fairly small area. The cathedral, the four ancient churches and the Palais Rohan – former residence of the prince-bishops – far from appearing as isolated monuments, form a district that is characteristic of a medieval town and illustrates Strasbourg's evolution from the 15th to the 18th century. Date of inscribtion: 1988

The gothic Cathedral was the principal element of the WHS nomination, both for its artistic and technical value. Goethe considered Notre-Dame de Strasbourg to be the Gothic cathedral par excellence.


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Bonus for the romantic people; Via dell'Amore
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Beautiful photos! Especially those of these cute and gorgeous Italian towns!
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^Thank you!

Belfries of Belgium and France, Belgium

Unesco: The Belfries of Belgium and France is a group of 56 historical buildings designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Built between the 11th and 17th centuries, they showcase the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of architecture. They are highly significant tokens of the winning of civil liberties. While Italian, German and English towns mainly opted to build town halls, in part of north-western Europe, greater emphasis was placed on building belfries. Compared with the keep (symbol of the seigneurs) and the bell-tower (symbol of the Church), the belfry, the third tower in the urban landscape, symbolizes the power of the aldermen. Over the centuries, they came to represent the influence and wealth of the towns.



A few examples.

Belfries of Ghent




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Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin

Unesco: The museum as a social phenomenon owes its origins to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century. The five museums on the Museumsinsel in Berlin, built between 1824 and 1930, are the realization of a visionary project and show the evolution of approaches to museum design over the course of the 20th century. Each museum was designed so as to establish an organic connection with the art it houses. The importance of the museum's collections – which trace the development of civilizations throughout the ages – is enhanced by the urban and architectural quality of the buildings.

The five museums are:

Alte Nationalgalerie
Altes Museum
Neues Museum

Alte Nationalgalerie. (Old National Gallery)


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Interesting and very nice photos; well done
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Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada, Spain

This WHS consists of 3 different places and are remnants of the Moorish influence in southern Spain. The fortress Alhambra and the palace Generalife were built by the rulers of the Emirate of Granada. The Albayzín district contains examples of the Moorish vernacular architecture and was added to the listing in 1994.

Since the inscribtion is about 3 sites I will post 3 times about it. First up is the Alhambra, one of Spain's major tourist attractions.

The Alhambra was originally constructed as a fortress in 889, and was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada in 1333.

The entrance/patio del Mexuar:

It is organized around two rectangular courts, the patio de Los Arrayanes and the Patio de Los Leones, and includes a large number of rooms of a highly refined taste, with marble columns, stalactite cupolas, ornamental works in stucco, gaily coloured azulejos , precious wood inlayed and sculpted, and paintings on leather compete with the richness and the delicacy of the natural decor: the water, still and sparkling in immense basins, flows out into the basins of the fountains (the circular fountain of the Court of Lions), glides through narrow canals, and explodes into jets of water or falls in refreshing cascades.

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patio de los Arrayanes.

Palacio de los Leones

Sala de los Abencerrajes and Sala de las dos Hermanas with their magnificent stalactite ceilings


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this is one great thread....I'll regularly check this for updates.
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^ Thanks for your contributions but correct me if I´m wrong, Pula is not a WHS and these are not (all) selfmade pics are they?

The Generalife.

Unesco: At a short distance to the east of the Alhambra are the gardens of the Generalife, rural residence of the Nasrid Emirs. The relationship between the architectural and the natural has been reversed here, where gardens and water predominate over the pavilions, summerhouses and living quarters. The massive boxwood trees, rose, carnation and gillyflower bushes, shrubs ranging from willow to cypress, comprise an absolute masterpiece of the art of horticulture by restoring the Koranic image of paradise to the believers.

Wiki: The complex consists of the Patio de la Acequia (Court of the Water Channel or Water-Garden Courtyard), which has a long pool framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions, and the Jardín de la Sultana (Sultana's Garden or Courtyard of the Cypress). The former is thought to best preserve the style of the medieval Persian garden in Al-Andalus.

Originally the palace was linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine that now divides them. The Generalife is one of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens.


Patio de la Acequia

Jardín de la Sultana


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great collections of the best structures ever built in the world.
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The last part of the Granada inscribtion, Albayzín.

Unesco: Archaeological excavations have shown that the hill where the Albayzín is now situated has been occupied continuously from as early as the Roman period. In the mid-8th century the region's governor built a fortress where the Plaza de San Nicolás is now located. After the disappearance of the Caliphate of Cordoba (1031), the ephemeral Zirid Emirate of Granada replaced it until 1090: the emirs devoted themselves to the embellishment of their capital, constructed on a site of exceptional beauty. A new defensive enclosure was added and around this a settlement grew up. The town prospered under the Nasrid dynasty and this was reflected by considerable development of the city, but Granada did not become of the important centres of Muslim Spain until much later - in 1238, when Muhammad ibn al Ahmar founded the present Alhambra.

In the 19th century the lower quarters of the town were transformed and lost their artistic qualities. Much of the significance of the Albayzín lies in the medieval town plan with its narrow streets and small squares and in the relatively modest houses in Moorish and Andalusian style that line then. There are, however, some more imposing reminders of its past prosperity.

View from Alhambra over Albaicin

View from Albaicin to Alhambra.

Casa de Castril, former palace and now a museum


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great thread!!
in Portugal we have lots and lots of UNESCO world heritage sites. I visited a few ones and live metres away from another one, the city centre of Porto! And my own city's university of Coimbra and downtown are trying to get on the list. I hope to add pics of it soon fingers crossed.

Lisboa, Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites – construction of which began in 1502 – exemplifies Portuguese art at its best. The nearby Tower of Belém, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.

Tower of Belém, taken by me. Great Manueline style with the navigation motives

Tejo (Tagus)

Jerónimos Monastery

Prehistoric Art Site of Foz Côa

The two Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley (Portugal) and Siega Verde (Spain) are located on the banks of the rivers Agueda and Côa, tributaries of the river Douro, documenting continuous human occupation from the end of the Paleolithic Age. Hundreds of panels with thousands of animal figures (5,000 in Foz Côa and around 440 in Siega Verde) were carved over several millennia, representing the most remarkable open-air ensemble of Paleolithic art on the Iberian Peninsula.

Côa Valley and Siega Verde provide the best illustration of the iconographic themes and organization of Paleolithic rock art, using the same modes of expression in caves and in the open air, thus contributing to a greater understanding of this artistic phenomenon. Together they form a unique site of the prehistoric era, rich in material evidence of Upper Paleolithic occupation.


I took these in Foz Côa, and you will also see the amazing wine valley of the Douro, another World Heritage Site.

Douro Wine Region

prehistoric art

Força Portugal!!

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^ Great Update!!

Much appreciated and keeping my fingers crossed for more...
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