Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (I)

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Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (I)

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.


The country with the most numerous and most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites is Italy, with 49 sites, followed by China with 45 sites and Spain with 44 sites.


Each site considered by UNESCO a World Heritage Site remains part of the physical territory of the state it belongs to, but it is also under the protection of the international community.


In this article we will reveal some of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites that must be seen at least once in a lifetime:


1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple in the Angkor region of Cambodia. It was built in the early 12th century for a local King and represents a model of Khmer Architecture of the highest level. It is the most well preserved archaeological site. Since its establishment, Angkor Wat has been the most important religious center, for both Hindu (dedicated to the God Vishnu), and Buddhists. It is the largest religious monumental complex in the world.


2. Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is an ancient village located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). Between the 9th and the 13th centuries it was the center of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom which unified the regions that later formed the modern Burma.


3. Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir Province. During the prehistoric era the first settlements have been established and the people built underground cities in the volcanic mountains to protect themselves from the wild animals. There are many underground cities in the Cappadocia area of Turkey, but Derinkuyu is the biggest one. Cappadocia is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and main tourist attractions in Turkey, due to its beautiful landscapes and rich history.


4. Hampi, India

Hampi is a village in the north of Karnataka State, India. It is located near the ruins of Vijayanagara, the hearth of the former Vijayanagara Empire. Older than Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religios site, housing the Virupaksha Temple and many other monuments belonging to the old city.


5. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Pichu is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites located on a mountain ridge at about 2,430 meters above sea level, in Peru. Many archeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Often referred to as the “Lost city of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is probably the most popular representation of Inca civilization.

Places worth seeing in Asia

Asia has many wonderful destinations for any type of tourist, some of which are true masterpieces of nature. The Asian continent is not a very powerful pole of attraction for tourists, but many people are willing to spend their holidays far away from home. However, there are many places worth seeing in Asia. Which? Find out below!


1. Mount Fiji (Places worth seeing in Asia – Japan)

Mount Fiji, the highest in Japan (3,776m), is located in the middle of Honshu Island, in the archipelago of Japan. This mountain is considered sacred in Shinto religion and it has been selected as a “cultural” rather than a “natural” world heritage site. During the Meiji era, women were banned from reaching Mt. Fiji. The closest airport is Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport, which was opened in June 2009 at about 80 km away from Mount Fuji.


2. The Spiti Valley (Places worth seeing in Asia – India)

Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located in the eastern part of the Lahaul and Spiti districts, within the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. This Valley is considered a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. Spiti Valley is a research and cultural centre for Buddhists. Tourist attractions include Ki Monastery and Tabo Monastery, some of the oldest monasteries in the world, the latest being one of Dalai Lama’s favorites.


3. Puerto Princesa (Places worth seeing in Asia – Philippines)

Puerto Princesa is one of the most visited cities in the Philippines. It is very popular due to its cleanliness, beach resorts and restaurants where you can eat fresh seafood and admire beautiful landscapes. As of 2010, Puerto Princesa had a population of 222,673 people making it the least crowded city in the Phillipines. It has been acclaimed several times as the cleanest and greenest city in the Phillipines.


4. Ha Long Bay (Places worth seeing in Asia – Vietnam)

Ha Long Bay (“descending dragon bay”) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Quang Nih Province, Vietnam. The bay consists of a dense cluster of over 3000 limestone monolithic islands, each topped with abundant jungle vegetation, which stunningly rises from the ocean. Numerous islands are hollow, with enormous caves.


5. The Maldives (Places worth seeing in Asia – Republic of Maldives)

Shimmering blue sea, fine white sand and tropical temperatures await you. About 1,200 islands are part of the island nation of Maldives, of which a few more than a hundred have been developed for tourism. Spend your holiday on one of the island paradises of the world and discover the colorful and vibrant underwater world of Maldives.

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.

Most Amazing Places Unknown for Tourism

Beauties from around the Globe are getting better advertised and attract larger numbers of tourists every year. There are many beautiful places all over the world, but in this article we’ve pulled out for you the most amazing places unknown for tourism, which will impress you with their beauty.


1. Jericoacoara, Brazil

Jericoacoara is a small fishing village in Brazil, a place where fine sand dunes meet the beautiful blue lagoons, a true tropical paradise. Brazilians in the area used to call the village "the place where time is gone". They describe this place as being the most beautiful place on Earth, and for us its one of the most amazing places unknown for tourism, which we definitely recommend visiting.


2. Cathedral of Ipiales, Colombia

In the city of Ipiales, Colombia, near the border with Ecuador, the Gothic Cathedral called the sanctuary of Las Lalas is located 100 meters above the Valley of Guaitara. According to the history of Colombia, in the 18th century, the Virgin Mary appeared on the side of the wall and he restored the sight of a young woman and an elderly man. People now pray in this place for their healing and spiritual tranquility. For it’s splendid views, we definitely vote this site as one of the most amazing places unknown for tourism.


3. Temple of Ranakpur, India

Ranakpur Temple located in northwestern India is one of the oldest places of worship in the world. The Interior is made entirely of white marble, containing more than 1,000 pillars. The most representative statues are those depicting an elephant and 108 snakes, made entirely of marble.


4. Mount Kailas in Tibet

Mount Kailas is known in most oriental cultures through stories told about it. According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance and illusion, resides at the summit of a legendary mountain named Kailas, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Parvati. Mount Kailas in Tibet is one of the most amazing places unknown for tourism, with a strategic positioning between the rivers Indus and Ganges.