Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (II)

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Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (II)

A World Heritage Site could be a lake, a forest, an island, a monument or a city, recognized for its symbolic role in history, and which today is a famous tourist attraction.


As of 2013, UNESCO has a total of 981 sites: 759 cultural sites, 193 natural sites and 29 mixed sites, scattered across 160 countries.


Today we conclude our series of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites with 5 more amazing attractions:


6. Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint-Michel is a 78-meter-high granite cliff in the Gulf of Saint Malo, France. The site consists of a fortified village and a monastery (built from the 8th century until the early 19th century). It played an important role in the history of France, being the only place that could not be conquered by the British armies during the "100-year War". It currently is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the most visited tourist attraction in France.


7. Petra, Jordan

Petra is an archaeological and historical city in southern Jordan, well known for its stone architecture and water piping system. The estimated date for the construction of this town is 312 B.C., Petra joining the list of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1985.


8. The pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The pyramids of Giza are among the best-known pyramids of antiquity, which were considered among the seven wonders of the ancient world. The pyramids are located to the West of the Nile Valley, at about 8 km Southwest of the city of Giza and 18 km from Cairo, the capital of Egypt.


9. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient Greek fortress situated above the city, and the most famous Acropolis. Among the buildings that attract the most tourists at this site, we must mention the Parthenon.


10. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya or "Lion Rock" was briefly the capital of Medieval Sri Lanka. The city is built of massive stone and its interior is decorated with frescoes illustrating, what according to the myths, would have been the King's harem. Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is definitely one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Tourist Attractions in Egypt (I)

Adventurous camel rides in the barren deserts of the Sinai, exciting diving in the impressive Red Sea diving locations or simply basking in the sun of the beach. Keep reading to discover the most important tourist attractions in Egypt.


1. Colored Canyon (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Mountain)

The Colored Canyon is also known as the Rainbow Canyon. The canyon’s colorful relief was eroded in the course of several million years by flows of water. The canyon’s mainly reddish color spectacle is best admired before sunset.


2. Saint Catherine’s Monastery (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Monastery – El-Milga)

Saint Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mount Sinai. In the year 337, Saint Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother, had a chapel and a tower built for pilgrims coming to visit the site of the Burning Bush. In the course of time the complex was extended with defensive walls and other sacred buildings. Today it features an important library and a collection of icons. The monks who live here only permit visitors to view a small part of the complex.


3. Mount Sinai (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Mountain)

Located in the South of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai is the second highest point on the Sinai Peninsula. For Christians, Muslims and Jews, the 2280-meter-high “Gabal Musa” is a holy site. According to the Bible, this was where Moses received the Ten Commandments. After climbing up to the mountain plateau, guests can enjoy a magnificent view of the area, especially at sunset. Further up there is a mosque and a chapel. In the valley beneath the summit lies the Garden of the Prophet Elijah.


4. Ras Mohammed (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Park)

Colorful coral reefs and mangrove islands offer sanctuary for numerous species of bird and the impressive fauna of Eel Garden. In 1983 the area where the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez converge was opened as a national park. The Ras Mohammed Marine Protected Area is located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and stretches over an area of over 400 square kilometers. Operators offer diving and day excursions, as well as tours.

Most Amazing Places Carved in Stone (II)

Today’s world is full of vibrant cities: Tokyo, Chicago, New York and Dubai, to name but a few. However, great cities and great civilizations existed thousands of years ago, whether they were based around religion or were bases of political power. Now we are left with only the ruins of these incredible cities, exhibiting unique architecture and some of history's finest craftsmanship. Let us conclude our series of the most amazing places carved in stone:


6. Abu Simbel

In the 13th century BC, Pharaoh Ramesses II built the temple Abu Simbel as a monument dedicated to him and his wife. In 1968, the whole structure was moved on an artificial hill, in order to eliminate the risk of flooding. Besides being one of the most amazing places carved in stone, Abu Simbel remains one of the main destinations of Egypt.


7. Petra

Built in the year 312 BC the city of Petra was carved in stone. In addition to the ornate carvings, locals have managed to build a system composed of tanks that allowed them to settle in such an arid area. Al Khazneh is the most developed of all the buildings at Petra. It was a temple, clearly influenced by the ancient Greek architecture. Petra truly deserves its reputation for beauty, being one of the most amazing places carved in stone we have ever reviewed.


8. The Longmen Caves

This place is home to tens of thousands (some say 100,000) statues of Buddha and his disciples. They are carved in the rocks and cave walls of Xiangshan and Longmenshan in China. The first statues were made between the years 400 and 1100, and were paid with donations from the rich families, Royal Court and religious groups. UNESCO called them "an incredible manifestation of artistic human creativity." We call it one of the most amazing places carved in stone.


9. The Ajanta Caves

Located in Maharashtra, India, this place emerged by compressing 30 Budha statues. What make them truly unique and beautiful are the paintings, which represent perfect examples of the Indian art of the 2nd century BC.


10. Ellora

Is an indian site, considered a world heritage, which has the most imposing construction ever carved in stone, outshining even the constructions from Petra, Jordan. The temples are built according to the traditions of Hindu, Buddhist and Jainism. They were built between the 5th and 10th centuries, each with its specific beauty. Ellora is definitely one of the most amazing places carved in stone, which is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.