A Tour to the Most Popular Unesco World Heritage Sites in the World
As of July 2019, there were around 1,121 world heritage sites around the world of which 869 are cultural, 213 natural, and 39 diverse sites. World heritage sites is been termed to those places on Earth that carry an outstanding value to humanity and are been considered world heritage to protect it for future generations to enjoy and know about.
China - World Heritage Site
The list of popular World Heritage sites is incomplete, without mentioning the Great Wall of China. Built to protect the Chinese from invasions and raids in the Eurasian steppe, the wall was made of stone, wood, bricks, and other materials. Actually China is very popular for World heritage sites, with 55 UNESCO World heritage sites in July 2019, of which 37 are cultural, 14 natural, and 4 mingling sites.
The Forbidden City is on average the most visited UNESCO World Heritage site in the world, with around 15 million visitors in 2012. Every year since 1987, UNESCO has listed more sites in China as World Heritage Sites.
The Forbidden City was the home to Chinese Emperors and was the political center for the Chinese government for around 500 years. One could easily find a depth of traditional Chinese culture and architectural development in most of China, including Forbidden City.
Oviedo - World Heritage Site
Oviedo has been an important center of Christianity since the 9th century, and a walk through Oviedo reveals the crowds of visitors who come every year. Visiting the ancient city of Oviedo, home to one of the oldest churches in the world, is the best way to get a sense of how Rome was founded and how its great civilization began in the heart. It is a beautiful town in northwest Spain between the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Mountains.
Croatia - World Heritage Site
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is perhaps one of the most popular World Heritage sites in Croatia and is home to natural dams, lakes, waterfall, and caves. The near beautiful forest is habitat to wolves, bears, and many birds’ species, which are fewer scenes. Apart from The Plitvice Lakes National Park, there are more heritage sites that are a must-visit if you are in Croatia and exploring the place. The list consists of names like the old city of Dubrovnik, Historic city of Trogir, Split, Diocletian’s Palace, and many more.
Malta - World Heritage Site
Malta is an island in the central Mediterranean between the North African coast and Sicily. It is very popular when it comes to national historic sites, as it has been ruled by different rulers like Romans, Knights, Moors, French, and British. The city of Valletta is one of the most popular and most visited tourist attractions in Malta. The city of Valletta was founded in the year 1566. The city was beautifully built by The Knights and was provided with the defensive city walls to protect the city against attack. Well, after World War 2 the city has been renovated and preserved for future generations and tourists.
The Galapagos Islands have been declared a World Heritage Site due to their rich cultural heritage and one of the best wildlife-viewing destinations in the world, but there are only a handful of other sites in the world with the same status. The plants and animal species that are found here, are found nowhere else in the world or are very hard to find.
India - World Heritage Site
India is the 2nd most populous country and seventh-largest country by area. The country is blessed with the Indian Ocean on the South, the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, and the Arabian Sea on the southwest. India is a Country of the largest population of Hindus and has the oldest religion in the world. The culture of the country is versatile and robust in nature. To know about history, religion, and culture of the country, one has to spend a very long time. Also, there are 38 world heritage sites in the country alone, which consist of 30 cultural sites, 7 natural sites, and one mixed site. Taj Mahal is one of the most popular and known tourist spots and is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built by Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his third wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631. This artistic masterpiece took complete 16 years and was built between the years 1631-1648 and took influence and hard work of thousands of workers and artisans. It is situated in the city Agra, of state Uttar Pradesh. Apart from the Taj Mahal, there are many more world heritage sites to visit in India like Hampi, Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Sundarbans, Kaziranga National Park, Konark, Qutub Minar, and a lot more much beautiful heritage sites.