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Here Are 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Should Definitely Visit

Combine nature and history, and you will surely get one thing: beauty. The Earth, throughout the course of its existence, has been scattered with so many beautiful places, both natural and manmade.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has made it its mission to protect these wonderful and important places. Its list of World Heritage Site increases every year, serving both as a map of places to protect for the organization, and for tourists a guide of which new destinations to explore. Here are some of the new World Heritage Sites you might want to include on your travel bucket list.

7. Antequera Dolmens Site in Spain

Who would have thought that a place designed for death in the past can bring so much life and beauty to the present? This ancient burial mound located in Malaga, Spain is admired for being a remarkable showcase of European prehistoric architecture. Prepare to be amazed by rock pillars and domes that seem to have only grown stronger with time.

6. Ennedi Massif in Chad

Ennedi in northeastern Chad designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shared by @africanparksnetwork ・・・ We are thrilled to share that Ennedi has just been added to the newest list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites! At the request of the President of Chad, in 2015 African Parks began investigating the viability of establishing and managing Ennedi as a new wildlife and cultural Protected Area, with support from the European Union and the @rainforesttrust What was discovered was a land of unparalleled beauty and incredible biodiversity, especially given its arid climate. The combination of Ennedi’s unique geomorphology and geographical position creates an oasis for wildlife not otherwise found in the Saharan belt, like baboons, hyaenas, rock hydraz, Barbary sheep, patas monkeys, dorcas gazelle, and, remarkably, the last of the Sahara crocodiles. This relative abundance of wildlife is complemented by hundreds of significantly important rock art sites that depict the rich, storied history of this area. Thousands of images have been painted and carved into the rock surface of caves, canyons and shelters, presenting one of the largest ensembles of rock art in the Sahara. Since African Parks began working there, we have identified 150 new globally significant rock art sites. Photo by Michael Viljoen #Ennedi #Chad #WorldHeritageSite #UNESCO #Conservation #AfricanParks #wildlife #rockart #MichaelViljoen #landscapephotography #naturehippys #nature #landscapes #instagood #instamood #nightphotography #stars #milkyway #arches #desert #sahara #travelafrica #africa #safari

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At the heart of the Sahara Desert is this incredible sandstone plateau featuring a series of spectacular canyons and valleys. The largest canyons serve as watering holes, making the area rich in different fauna like crocodiles. What makes this plateau more important is the fact that ancient petroglyphs have been found etched on it, providing clues to how locals from centuries ago lived here.

5. Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape in China

Another geological wonder that serves as a historical treasure is this UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Southwest China. The steep cliffs are decorated with bright red paintings depicted the life and ritual of the Luoyue people. The paintings are said to be illustrating the bronze drum culture previously prevalent in southern China.

4. Ani Ruins in Turkey

This site, located on a secluded plateau of northeast Turkey, features the remnants of what was once an important medieval city that became the crossroads for merchant caravans in Central Asia. This city came under the rule of Armenians, Byzantine and Georgian empires, and was damaged after an earthquake and an invasion by the Mongols. The city’s turbulent history molded it into a great showcase of different medieval architecture styles in residential, religious and military structures.

3. Khangchendzonga National Park in India

If you want to be really one with nature, this UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India is the ideal destination for you. It is unbelievably rich in picturesque natural wonders, from ancient forests and snow-capped mountains to graceful waterfalls and calm lakes. It is also home to a remarkable number of unique animals such as the snow leopard, jungle cat, Indian civet and Musk deer. It is really the best of what nature has to offer.

2. Nalanda Mahavihara Archaeological Site in India

This relatively new World Heritage Site, also located in India, is as educational as it gets. Located in the compound of the most ancient university of the Indian subcontinent, these ruins depict centuries of Buddhist educational traditions. This place has attracted esteemed scholars as far as China and Korea. These archaeological remains, composed of six brick temples and 11 monasteries, are also rich with different architectural designs unique in this part of the world.

  1. Sanganeb Marine National Park in Sudan

Sanganeb lagoon, so fabulous #sudan #diving #instascuba #sanganeb #lighthouse #soudan #plongée #croisière #phare #lagon

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Beneath the crystal blue waters of this place, you can find treasures, but not those placed inside gold chests. The richness in the marine biodiversity of this protected area in Sudan is simply fascinating. Here, you can see a highly diverse collection of coral reefs and other marine creatures like dugongs, sharks, turtles and manta rays. If heaven can be found underwater, this is how it will look like.

Originally posted 2017-04-25 06:34:50.

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