In an effort to preserve the cultural richness of any monument or location, UNESCO continuously lists some important sites and monuments as heritage sites. Spread throughout the world, these heritage sites are of much relevance to tourists and other visitors.
Below are listed top 10 of these heritage sites. Read through these and know more of their cultural significance.
Located on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is a popular world heritage site. This location is unique for the fact that it has many structures from Bronze and Neolithic age. The site is spread over 2000 hectares and attracts visitors from world over.
Chichen lzta is located in Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and was granted the World Heritage Status in 1988. This was a centre of pilgrimage during the ancient Maya reign for over 1000 years. Temple of the Jaguars is a major attraction in Chichen Lzta.
Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen who visited the place in 1722 gave the name Easter Island. Remotely located, Easter Island is 2000 miles from the nearest inhabited place of Chile. The island has tribal people known as Rapanui who are ever welcoming to visitors who plan to visit the island.
The Alhambra was constructed in 14th century by Moorish rulers. Though it was a military area in its initial days, residences of royalty of Emirates of Granada were shifted here in later days.
The Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx are popular the world over. The pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure are the most popular as is the temple of the Sphinx which is 45 meters tall and 22 meters wide.
The ancient city of Jerusalem is home to holy site for the Jewish community. The 7th century Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall are the most popular structures here.
This is perhaps one world heritage site which needs no introduction. Home to the Pope, Vatican City is an independent country of the size of a small city and is surrounded by Rome and is one of the most religious places for the Christian community.
Machu Picchu is also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”. The legacy of Incas goes back to AD 1430 and the place has many cultural ruins that attract visitors from world over.
Tikal used to be one of the largest and most important Mayan cities. Located in deep woods in Guatemala region, Tikal has well preserved temples which offer a glimpse into cultural and architectural richness of the past era.
This is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral and is one of the best live examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe. Over 13 million people visit the cathedral every year and admire its rich architectural designs including the 69 meters twin tall towers.