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World Heritage Sites update
Updating my list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that I've visited. Last time I looked in 2010 the list had increased to 911 and I was able to add a few such as the Sydney Opera House. It's since been increased to 944, and I'm now able to add Fort Jesus in Mombasa and the Birthplace of Jesus in the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem, controversial only because it's in Palestine whose UN membership was opposed by the US and Israel.

So: 43 so far, worldwide. [Up-update: 44] As Iguaçu National Park is listed under both Argentina and Brazil I'm counting it as one location, even though I've been to both sides of the falls on either side of the border. And I really should do the Statue of Liberty some time, now that it's fully open to the public again.

  • Iguazu National Park

  • Sydney Opera House

  • Historic Centre of Vienna

  • Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun

  • Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications

  • Iguaçu National Park

  • Historic Centre of Macau
  • The Great Wall

  • Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur

  • Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
  • Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine
  • Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
  • The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes
  • Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret

  • Acropolis, Athens

  • Agra Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Red Fort Complex, Delhi

  • Masada
  • Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Vatican City
  • Venice and its Lagoon

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

  • Fort Jesus, Mombasa

  • Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

  • Medina of Marrakesh

  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem

  • Historic Centre of Lima
  • Historic Centre of the City of Arequipa

  • Historic City of Ayutthaya

    United Kingdom
  • Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
  • Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
  • City of Bath
  • Tower of London
  • EDIT: Maritime Greenwich
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Dorset and East Devon Coast
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church
  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

    United States of America
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Redwood National and State Parks


  • 7 comments or add a comment...
    drplokta From: drplokta Date: June 30th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    How did you manage to visit Arles, Avignon and Orange but not the Pont du Gard? And have you really never been to Greenwich?
    From: peteyoung Date: June 30th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    Arles, Avignon and Orange are from my hitchhiking days circa 1983. Pont du Gard was simply not on my route map, unfortunately.

    And Greenwich: yes I have, only a couple of years ago with Miles and Benji. +1 more!
    gerisullivan From: gerisullivan Date: June 30th, 2012 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    Neat list.

    I'm a pale comparison, but I at least have you to thank for bringing Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to my attention. If only I'd known when I was in Alberta! Next time, eh?

    Dinosaur Provincial Park

    United Kingdom
    Tower of London
    Maritime Greenwich

    United States
    Yellowstone National Park
    Grand Canyon National Park
    Statue of Liberty
    Yosemite National Park
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Just eight. I'm surprised by how many I've come within a few miles of without visiting: Giant's Causeway, Independence Hall, and several US national parks. Missing parks is especially odd considering how many others that aren't UNESCO sites that I've been to.

    Editing note
    Updated to include Maritime Greenwich, which I overlooked the first time through. Thanks, drplokta! (And Rob Hansen, for taking me there way back when.)

    Edited at 2012-06-30 12:01 pm (UTC)
    ang_grrr From: ang_grrr Date: June 30th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Try and get to Liverpool before they strip the status due to the waterside redevelopment.
    From: peteyoung Date: June 30th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's actually on the cards for the next couple of years, Benji being a Liverpool fan.
    vicarage From: vicarage Date: June 30th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    116 outside the UK, 23 within it, and I may have missed some, as I was scanning rather fast. Its not a good one for bagging, as they keep adding members faster than I can visit, but 15% is not bad.

    I've downloaded the spreadsheet, and found a couple more

    Edited at 2012-06-30 10:04 pm (UTC)
    tvor From: tvor Date: July 1st, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Brand new one as of yesterday is only an hour's drive from me and it's a lovely spot. http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/112610-grand-pr-named-world-heritage-site Grand Pre.
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