World Heritage sites I have visited

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I have had the pleasure of visiting 130 World Heritage sites, and all have lived up to the UNESCO standard. These are my sites (with links to wikipedia).

North America (8 sites)
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (Canada)
Kluane-Wrangell-St. Elias-Glacier Bay-Tatshenshini-Alsek (Canada/US)
Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza (Mexico)
Grand Canyon National Park (USA)
Statue of Liberty (USA)
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (USA)
Yosemite National Park (USA)
Redwood National and State Parks (USA)

South America (4 sites)
Quito (Ecuador)
Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca (Ecuador)
Sangay National Park (Ecuador)

Caribbean (3 sites)
Historic Area of Willemstad (Netherland Antilles)
La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site (Puerto Rico)
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park (St Kitts and Nevis)

Australasia (14 sites)

Fraser Island (Australia)
Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
Greater Blue Mountains Area (Australia)
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (Australia)
Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (Australia)
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Australia)
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Australia)
Sydney Opera House (Australia)
Willandra Lakes Region (Australia)
Kakadu National Park (Australia)
Wet Tropics of Queensland (Australia)
The Lagoons of New Caledonia (New Caladonia)
Te Wahipounamu (New Zealand)
Australian Convict Sites (Australia)

Asia (10 sites)
Angkor (Cambodia)
Great Wall (China)
The Forbidden City (China)
Hwaseong Fortress (South Korea)
Changdeokgung Palace Complex (South Korea)
Kinabalu Park (Malaysia)
Lake Baikal (Siberia, Russia)
Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)
Archaeological Site of Troy (Turkey)
Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (Turkey)

Middle East (7 sites)
Baalbek (Lebanon)
Petra (Jordan)
Um er-Rasas (Jordan)
Aleppo (Syria)
Damascus (Syria)
Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at Salah El-Din (Syria)
Palmyra (Syria)

Africa (5 sites)
Ancient Thebes (Egypt)
Islamic Cairo (Egypt)
Memphis and its Necropolis (Egypt)
Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae (Egypt)
Saint Catherine Area (Egypt)

Western Europe (20 sites)
Belfries of Belgium and France (Belgium/France)
Major Town houses of the architect Victor Horta (Belgium)
Historic Centre of Vienna (Austria)
Historic Centre of Bruges (Belgium)
La Grand-Place, Brussels (Belgium)
Flemish Beguinages (Belgium)
Palace and Park of Versailles (France)
Paris, Banks of the Seine (France)
City of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Cologne Cathedral (Germany)
Aachen Cathedral (Germany)
Museum Island (Germany)
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany)
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai (Belgium)
Stoclet Palace (Belgium)
Vezelay Town and Abbey (France)
Palace and Park of Fontainebleau (France)
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (France)
Canals of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Plantin-Moretus Museum (Belgium)

Northern Europe (15 sites)
Fortress of Suomenlinna (Finland)
Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn (Estonia)
Historic Centre of Riga (Latvia)
Vilnius Historic Centre (Lithuania)
Bru na Boinne (Ireland)
Maritime Greenwich (England, UK)
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (England, UK)
Tower of London (England, UK)
Westminster Abbey (England, UK)
Giant's Causeway (Northern Ireland)
Thingvellir National Park (Iceland)
Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd (Wales, UK)
City of Bath (England, UK)
Ironbridge Gorge (England, UK)
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Wales, UK)  


Southern Europe (25 sites)
Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey)
Butrint (Albania)
Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (Montenegro)
Acropolis, Athens (Greece)
Old Town of Corfu (Greece)
Historic Centre of Oporto (Portugal) 
Genoa, Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli (Italy)
Works by Antoni Gaudi (Catalonia, Spain)
Works by Lluis Domenech i Montaner (Catalonia, Spain)
Historic Centre of Rome (Italy)
Vatican City (Vatican City)
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie including The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Italy)
Skocjan Caves (Slovenia)
Venice and its lagoon (Italy)
City of Verona (Italy)
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Italy)
San Marino Historic Centre and Monte Titano (San Marino)
Historic Centre of Florence (Italy)
Historic Centre of Siena (Italy)
Historic Centre of San Gimignano (Italy)
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (Italy)
Historic Centre of Naples (Italy)
Villa Adriana (Italy)
Villa d'Este (Italy)

Eastern Europe (19 sites)
Krakow's Historical Centre (Poland)
Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland)
Historical Centre of Warsaw (Poland)
Historic Centre of St. Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russia)
Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent (Russia)
Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow (Russia)
Saint Sophia Cathedral (Ukraine)
Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine)
Old Town (Lviv) (Ukraine)
Historic Centre of Prague (Czech Republic)
Niasvizh Castle (Belarus)
Mir Castle Complex (Belarus)
Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots (Armenia)
Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley (Armenia)
Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin (Armenia)
Historical Monuments of Mtskheta (Georgia)
Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery (Georgia)
Walled City of Baku with Shrivanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan)
Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (Azerbaijan)

lamadude says:
I think the tourism industry pushes the government to keep applying for new world heritage sites. The selection process is not entirely objective. We are definitely over represented.
Posted on: Aug 10, 2009
Adrian_Liston says:
I just saw that - it is pretty impressive just how many World Heritage sites Belgium has
Posted on: Aug 10, 2009
lamadude says:
There's a new one in your new home town of Brussels since this summer. An art deco house called the Stocklet Palace. That should be easy to add to your list :-)
Posted on: Aug 10, 2009
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