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Sunday, December 04, 2005
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

For those of you who have never heard of the UNESCO World Heritage List, here's an introduction from their site:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972...

...The World Heritage List includes 812 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

These include 628 cultural, 160 natural and 24 mixed properties in 137 States Parties.

Once in a while, when I travel, I come across places that are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Until recently, I didn't know there were so many sites in the list and surprisingly, I have visited quite a number of these places without knowing that they are World Heritage Sites. Here's a list of World Heritage Sites I have been to (and I intend to add a few more next year). Sadly, for some of these places, I have only seen the building from the outside.

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
Melbourne, Victoria
S37 48 22.0 E144 58 13.0

Greater Blue Mountains Area
S33 42 E150 0
There are some pretty nice trails near Katoomba in this area.

Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
N47 48 02 E13 02 36
One of my favourite European cities.

Historic Centre of Vienna
N48 13 0 E16 23 0
My other favourite European city.

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta
N51 25 29 W116 28 47
This is my absolute favourite. Must go again before I die. Die here also can. But I want my remains to be brought back to Singapore.

Historic District of Québec
Province of Quebec, City of Quebec
N46 48 34 W71 12 38
North American city with cool European feel.

Czech Republic
Historic Centre of Prague
Prague (Hlavní mesto Praha)
N50 05 23 E14 25 10

Palace and Park of Versailles
Département of Yvelines, Ile-de-France
N48 48 18 E2 7 10

Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Holy See
Province of Roma, Lazio region (IT) / Vatican City State (VA)
N41 53 24.8 E12 29 32.3

Venice and its Lagoon
Province of Venezia, Veneto Region
N45 26 03.5 E12 20 20.2
Not as romantic as seen on TV.

Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
Province of Naples, Campania
N40 45 E14 29

Holy See
Vatican City
Vatican City State
N41 54 07.8 E12 27 26.5

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Nara Prefecture
N34 40 32 E135 50 22
I've only been to the enormous Todaiji Temple. Deer walk around freely in the park.

Republic of Korea
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
North Kyongsang Province
N35 47 E129 21

Gyeongju Historic Areas
Kyongju City, Kyongsangbuk-do Province
N35 47 20 E129 13 36

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Wiltshire, England
N51 10 44 W1 49 31
Gigantic rocks on a plain of green grass somehow appeals to me. Unfortunately, they had to build a highway nearby.

City of Bath
Avon, England
N51 22 53 W2 21 31
I quite like this place with its old and quiet charm.

Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church
City of Westminster, London, England
N51 29 59 W0 7 43

Tower of London
London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England
N51 30 29 W0 4 34

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Lothian Region, Scotland
N55 57 W3 13

United States of America
Statue of Liberty
New York, New York
N40 41 22 W74 02 41

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