This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Map from taste2travel.
One of the joys of travelling is being able to visit incredible monuments and areas of natural beauty which are considered to be of immense value to humanity.
Locating these special places is made easy thanks to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) who designate places of significance as World Heritage Sites.
World Heritage Sites are designated by UNESCO for having either cultural, historical, scientific, natural or some other form of significance. The sites are categorised as either ‘cultural‘, ‘natural‘ or ‘mixed‘.
Of the top ten countries, ranked by the number of sites, 6 are located in Europe, with Italy having the most sites at 58.
As of 2021, there were a total of 1,154 World Heritage Sites (897 cultural, 218 natural, and 39 mixed properties) located across 167 countries.
Visiting iconic sites such as the Pyramids in Egypt, the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu in Peru or the Grand Canyon in the United States provide lifetime memories for those who make the journey. These are just 4 of the 1,154 World Heritage Sites around the world!
World Heritage Site Map
How to locate these 1,154 sites across 167 countries?
I’ve created a map (above), using data from UNESCO, which shows the locations of the three different types of sites around the world, with gold markers representing Cultural sites, green representing Natural sites and purple representing Mixed sites.
The map is an interactive Google map which allows you to zoom in and select a specific site. You can launch the map in full screen mode by clicking the box icon in the upper-right corner.
Information, which has been provided by UNESCO, is displayed for each World Heritage Site.
Serial World Heritage Sites
While there are 1,154 sites, these represent the tip of the iceberg!
Many sites contain separate, multiple ‘sub-sites’ which are known as ‘Serial World Heritage Sites‘.
Currently, the largest serial site, “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”, contains 94 sub-sites, spread across 18 European countries.
Such a profusion of sites offers a lifetime, or two, of exploration for the enthusiastic nomad!
I hope this UNESCO World Heritage Site Map is of use as you make your way around the world, ticking off all of those interesting sites.
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Author: Darren McLean
A perpetual traveller, photographer, travel writer and owner of taste2travel, a website which aims to inspire wanderlust.