UNESCO World Heritage Sites…

Besides a list of countries, continents, or islands, the UNESCO world heritage list is a good starting point for landmark locations of cultural significance that I personally would like to visit. At present Italy has around 59, while China and France have over 50 each. In the words of Unesco, the site must represent a masterpiece of human genius or for example an outstanding example of this countries architecture. The first example is site 252, my visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Admission is a bit pricey by Indian standards but well worth it.

Here is a list of the number of sites by continent: Africa, 103, Arab States (Mideast): 93, Asia/Pacific: 289, Europe and north American: 585, Latin America & Carribean: 149, total list: 1199

Now here’s a few sites that I have visited. I noticed a few things here. I think the countries who list the sites must have some cash $$$$ to support, preserve and protect these sites, so there’s a bias towards more sites in wealthier countries, as opposed to more sites in poorer countries, with for example, more cultural history.

Here’s a few ive seen: The historic center of Berat in Albania (a country that ive spent a significant amount of time inside of). There is also a nice castle up a steep mountain (like many places in the Balkans). Albania also has a site that is up for consideration, the amphitheater in Durress, a city which is about 20 minutes outside of Tirana. This Roman Amphitheater was discovered in modern times and just amazing (pics coming soon).