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All photos (c) 2012 GTH and Nathan DePetris

Some of the most breathtaking and amazing places on our planet have their own list: the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage list. UNESCO maintains strict requirements to join and remain on ‘The List’. We’re always amazed when we count how many just the two of us have been to already, and how many more there are left to explore. These are the UNESCO World Heritage sites that we have been to so far.

–Last updated 26 November, 2012

Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
Wachau Cultural Landscape
Historic Centre of Vienna

Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

Flemish Béguinages
La Grand-Place, Brussels
Historic Centre of Brugge

Iguaçu National Park
Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Historic District of Old Québec
Rideau Canal

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
The Great Wall
Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
Historic Centre of Macao

Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

City of Quito

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
Historic Cairo
Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

Strasbourg – Grande île
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims
Paris, Banks of the Seine
Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret

Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square
Town of Bamberg
Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
Cologne Cathedral
Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

Acropolis, Athens
Medieval City of Rhodes
Archaeological Site of Olympia

Holy See
Vatican City
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See

Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Red Fort Complex
The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

White City of Tel-Aviv — the Modern Movement
Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
Historic Centre of Naples
Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

Korea, Republic of
Changdeokgung Palace Complex

City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

City of Valletta

Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
Sian Ka’an
Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza
Historic Centre of Morelia
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California

Medina of Marrakesh

Defence Line of Amsterdam
Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao
Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht
Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder)

Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá

City of Cuzco
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Historic Centre of Lima

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

Saint Lucia
Pitons Management Area

Works of Antoni Gaudí

Historic City of Ayutthaya

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Archaeological Site of Troy

United States of America
Everglades National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico
Statue of Liberty
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


The current and complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.