Everything You Wanted to Know About UNESCO World Heritage Sites But Never Bothered To Ask

As you may have noticed, I have a slight fetish about visiting world heritage sites. To date I have visited over 375 of sites and I have made a point of featuring each one I visit as a daily photo. Some of them are incredible and some are……less than incredible. I’ve had several people ask …

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Traveling in Northern Iraq

I am reviving a new feature this week where I feature other notable trips and travelers on Sundays. Today’s featured trip is from Anil Polat who blogs at Foxnomad.com. Anil is from Turkey and has been traveling around the world for several years. I met him this year in Valencia, Spain during the European Gran …

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Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site, Andorra

From the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley World Heritage inscription: The cultural landscape of Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley offers a microcosmic perspective of the way people have harvested the resources of the high Pyrenees over millennia. Its dramatic glacial landscapes of craggy cliffs and glaciers, with high open pastures and steep wooded valleys, covers an area of 4,247 ha, 9% …

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Poblet Monastery

Poblet Monastery UNESCO World Heritage Site, Spain

From the World Heritage inscription for Poblet Monastery: Santa María of Poblet presents a unique blend of architectural forms generally reserved for distinct applications. It has served as one of the largest and most complete of the Cistercian abbeys, as a massive military complex, and as a royal palace, residence, and pantheon. It is a …

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Wadi Rum Protected Area

Wadi Rum Protected Area UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jordan

From the World Heritage inscription for the Wadi Rum Protected Area: Wadi Rum Protected Area (WRPA) is located in the southern part of Jordan, east of the Rift Valley and south of the steep escarpment of the central Jordanian plateau. It comprises an area of 74,200 hectares. WRPA’s natural values include desert landforms developed within …

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Ningaloo Coast

Ningaloo Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, Australia

From the World Heritage inscription for the Ningaloo Coast: The 604,500-hectare marine and terrestrial property of Ningaloo Coast, on the remote western coast of Australia, includes one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world. On land, the site features an extensive karst system and a network of underground caves and water courses. Annual gatherings …

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