Machu Picchu, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

World Heritage sites are included in a special list of UNESCO, are a huge concern to the entire population of the planet. The unique natural and cultural sites make it possible to preserve those unique pieces of nature and man-made monuments that show the richness of nature and of the human mind.

World Heritage sites are included in a special list of UNESCO, are a huge concern to the entire population of the planet. The unique natural and cultural sites make it possible to preserve those unique pieces of nature and man-made monuments that show the richness of nature and of the human mind.

As of July 6, 2012 in the World Heritage List – 962 objects (including 745 cultural, 188 – natural and 29 – mixed), located in 148 countries around the world. Among these there are some architectural structures and ensembles, for example – the Acropolis, the cathedrals of Amiens and Chartres, the historic centers of cities – Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, and there are entire cities – Brasilia, Venice, along with a lagoon and others. There are also archaeological sites – such as Delphi, national parks – Marine Park of the Great Barrier Reef, Yellowstone (USA) and others. State in which there are World Heritage sites, are committed to preserve them.

In this photo galleries you will find 29 objects from different parts of our planet, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


1) Tourists visiting the Longmen Grottoes Buddhist sculptures (“Drakensberg Gate”) near the city of Luoyang in Henan Province, China. At this point, there are more than 2,300 caves, 110,000 Buddhist images, more than 80 Dagobah (Buddhist mausoleums), containing relics of the Buddha, as well as 2,800 inscriptions on the rocks near the river Yishui length of a kilometer. For the first time Buddhism was introduced in China in these places during the reign of the Eastern Han Dynasty. (China Photos / Getty Images)


2) Bayon Temple in Cambodia is famous for its many giant stone faces. In the region there are more than 1,000 Angkor temples, which range from nondescript piles of brick and rubble scattered among the rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, which is considered the world’s largest single religious monument. Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored. Every year they are visited by more than a million tourists. (Voishmel / AFP – Getty Images)


3) One of the parts of the archaeological site of Al-Hijr – also known as Madain Salih. This complex is located in the northern regions of Saudi Arabia was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List July 6, 2008. The complex includes 111 rock tombs (I century BC. E. – I century BC), and a system of waterworks, dedicated to the ancient Nabatean city of Hegra is the center of the caravan trade. Also, there are about 50 inscriptions in the rocks belonging to the donabateyskomu period. (Hassan Ammar / AFP – Getty Images)


4) Waterfalls “Garganta del Diablo” («Devil’s Throat” are located in the National Park Iguazú in the Argentine province of Misiones. Depending on the water level in the river Iguazu, the park has 160 to 260 waterfalls, and more than 2,000 species of plants and 400 species of birds. Iguazu National Park was included in the World Heritage List in 1984. (Christian Rizzi / AFP – Getty Images)


5) The mysterious Stonehenge megalithic stone structure consisting of 150 huge stones, and is located on Salisbury Plain in the English county of Wiltshire. This ancient monument is believed to have been built in 3000 BC Stonehenge was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1986. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images)


6) Tourists stroll at the pavilion Bafang’s Summer Palace, the famous classical imperial garden in Beijing. Summer Palace, built in 1750 was destroyed in 1860 and rebuilt in 1886. It was included in the World Heritage List in 1998. (China Photos / Getty Images)


7) The Statue of Liberty at sunset in New York City. “Lady Liberty”, which gave the United States France, stands at the entrance to the harbor of New York. It was included in the World Heritage List in 1984. (Seth Wenig / AP)


8) “Solitario George” (Lonely George), the last living giant tortoise of this species, born on the island of Pinta, lives in the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador. She is now about 60-90 years old. The Galapagos Islands were initially included in the World Heritage List in 1978, but in 2007 were noted as being under threat year. (Rodrigo Buendia / AFP – Getty Images)


9) People skate on the ice channel near windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located near Rotterdam. In Kinderdijk in the Netherlands is the largest collection of historic mills, in addition, this region is one of the main attractions in South Holland. holidays with Balloons passing here, gives a flavor of the place. (Peter Dejong / AP)


10) View of the Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the National Park Los Glaciares National Park, south-east of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz. This place was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The glacier is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia and the 3rd largest glacier in the world after Antarctica and Greenland. (Daniel Garcia / AFP – Getty Images)


11) terraced gardens in the northern Israeli city of Haifa surround the golden-domed Shrine of the Bab, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. There is world-wide administrative and spiritual center of the Baha’i religion, the number of professing that worldwide less than six million. This place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site July 8, 2008. (David Silverman / Getty Images)


12) Aerial view of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican . According to the Web site of the World Heritage Site, within this small state is a unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces. The Vatican has been included in the World Heritage List in 1984. (Giulio Napolitano / AFP – Getty Images)


13) Colorful underwater scene of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In this thriving ecosystem, is the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, including 400 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish. The Great Barrier Reef was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in 1981. (AFP – Getty Images)


14) Camels resting in the ancient city of Petra in front of the main monument of Jordan, Al-Khazneh or Treasury, presumably representing a tomb of Nabataean king, carved from sandstone. This city, situated between the Red and Dead Seas, is at the crossroads of Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Phoenicia. Peter has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. (Thomas Coex / AFP – Getty Images)


15) Sydney Opera House – one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in the world, is a symbol of Sydney and one of the main attractions of Australia. The Sydney Opera House included in the program of the World Heritage Site in 2007. (Torsten Blackwood / AFP – Getty Images)


16) Rock paintings made by humans San people in the Drakensberg Mountains, located in the east of South Africa. People San people lived in the Drakensberg area for thousands of years, until they were destroyed in the clashes with the Zulus and white settlers. They left behind an incredible rock paintings in the Drakensberg mountains, which were introduced in the program of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. (Alexander Joe / AFP – Getty Images)


17) General view of the city of Shibam, located in the east of Yemen in the province of Hadramout. Shibam is famous for its incomparable with anything comparable architecture, which is included in the program of the World Heritage Site. All the houses here are built of mud bricks, about 500 high-rise buildings can be considered, as they are 5-11 floors. Shibam is often called “the oldest city of skyscrapers in the world” or the “Manhattan of the desert”, it is also the oldest example of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. (Khaled Fazaa / AFP – Getty Images)


18) Gondolas in the Grand Canal in Venice. Seen against the background of the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Venice Island – a seaside resort, the center of international tourism of global importance, the venue of international film festivals, art and architecture exhibitions. Venice has been included in the program of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. (AP)


19) Some of the 390 abandoned huge statues of compressed volcanic ash (moai on Rapa Nui language) at the foot of the volcano Rano Raraku on Easter Island, 3700 km off the coast of Chile. National Park Rapa Nui is included in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1995. (Martin Bernetti / AFP – Getty Images)



21) Temple in Hampi, near the southern Indian city of Hospet, north of Bangalore. Hampi is located in the middle of the ruins of Vijayanagara – former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi and its monuments were inscribed on the List of World Heritage Sites in 1986. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP – Getty Images)


22) Tibetan pilgrim spins prayer mills in the Potala Palace in Tibet’s capital Lhasa. The Potala Palace – is the royal palace and the Buddhist temple complex, which was the main residence of the Dalai Lama. Today the Potala Palace is a museum actively visited by tourists, while remaining a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and continuing to be used in Buddhist rituals. In view of the huge cultural, religious, artistic and historical significance, introduced in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Goh Chai Hin / AFP – Getty Images)


23) Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian city of Cusco. Machu Picchu, especially since you became a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, became the center of mass tourism. On the day of 2,000 tourists visit the city, with a view to preservation of the monument by UNESCO demands to reduce the number of tourists per day to 800. (Eitan Abramovich / AFP – Getty Images)


24) The Buddhist pagoda components Daito on Mount Koya, in the province of Wakayama, Japan. Mount Koya, located to the east of the city of Osaka, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. At first settled here 819 Buddhist monk Kukai, founder of Shingon, a branch of Japanese Buddhism. (Everett Kennedy Brown / EPA)


25) Tibetan women walk around Bodhnath Stupa in Kathmandu – one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist shrines. On the faces of the tower crowning it shows the “eyes of Buddha”, inlaid with ivory. Kathmandu Valley height of about 1300 meters – a mountain valley and the historical region of Nepal. Here there are many Buddhist and Hindu temples from the stupa Boudhanath to tiny street altars in the walls of houses. Locals say that in the Kathmandu Valley of the Gods 10 million lives. Kathmandu Valley was added to the World Heritage List in 1979. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)


26) A bird flies over the Taj Mahal – the mausoleum-mosque, located in the Indian city of Agra. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. The Taj Mahal has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983. Architectural marvel was also named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP – Getty Images)


27) Located in the northeastern part of Wales, the 18-kilometer aqueduct Pontkisillte – a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, which was completed in the early years of the 19th century. After more than 200 years after its discovery is still in use and is one of the busiest sections of the channel network of the UK, delivering around 15,000 boats a year. In 2009, the aqueduct Pontkisilte was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as “a milestone in the history of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution.” This aqueduct – one of unusual monuments plumbers and water supply (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)


28) A herd of elk grazing in the meadows of Yellowstone National Park. Against the background of the mountain is visible Holmes, left, and Mount Dome. In Yellowstone National Park, which occupies nearly 900 thousand hectares, is located more than 10,000 geysers and hot springs. The park was included in the World Heritage Site in 1978. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)


29) Cubans go to the old car along the promenade “Malecon” in Havana. UNESCO has made Old Havana and its fortifications as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Although Havana has expanded and has a population of more than 2 million people, its old center retains an interesting mix of monuments of Baroque and neo-classical and homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards. (Javier Galeano / AP)

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