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.