UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Middle East

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There are 99 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Middle East. You can learn more about each of these sites below:





  • Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
  • Bam and its Cultural Landscape
  • Bisotun
  • Cultural Landscape of Maymand
  • Gonbad-e Q?bus
  • Golestan Palace
  • Lut Desert
  • Masjed-e J?mé of Isfahan
  • Naqsh-e Jahan Square
  • Pasargadae
  • Persepolis
  • Shahr-e Sukhteh
  • Sheikh Safi al-din Kh?neg?h and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil
  • Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
  • Soltaniyeh
  • Susa
  • Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
  • Takht-e Soleyman
  • Tchogha Zanbil
  • The Persian Garden
  • The Persian Qanat
  • Historic City of Yazd


  • Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat)
  • Erbil Citadel
  • Hatra
  • Samarra Archaeological City
  • The Ahwar of Southern Iraq




  • Anjar
  • Baalbek
  • Byblos
  • Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
  • Tyre


  • Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman
  • Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  • Bahla Fort
  • Land of Frankincense


  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
  • Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  • Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir


  • Al Zubarah

Saudi Arabia

  • Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Salih)
  • At-Turaif District In ad-Dir’iyah
  • Historic Jeddah
  • Rock Art Of The Hail Region


  • Ancient City of Aleppo
  • Ancient City of Bosra
  • Ancient City of Damascus
  • Ancient Villages of Northern Syria
  • Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din
  • Site of Palmyra


  • Aphrodisias
  • Archaeological Site of Ani
  • Archaeological Site of Troy
  • Bursa and Cumal?k?z?k: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire
  • City of Safranbolu
  • Diyarbak?r Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape
  • Ephesus
  • Great Mosque and Hospital of Divri?i
  • Hattusha: the Hittite Capital
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • Nemrut Da?
  • Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
  • Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape
  • Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
  • Xanthos-Letoon
  • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale

United Arab Emirates

  • Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)


  • Historic Town Of Zabid
  • Old City Of Sana’a
  • Old Walled City Of Shibam
  • Socotra

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.