World Heritage

Angkor Wat

Located in Cambodia, this temple complex was built c.12th C CE. Built in the capital of the Khmer Empire by King Suryavarman II as his temple and mausoleum, this site is the largest religious monument in the world.

Angkor Wat: NatGeo Travel

Borobudur Temple Compounds

Built during the Sailendra Dynasty, c.8th–9th C CE, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Central Java, Indonesia. It includes three Buddhist temples, Borobudur, Mendut, and Pawon, which are built in a straight line.

Borobudur Temple Compounds: NatGeo Travel

Chichen Itza

Located in the Yucatan, Mexico, this large Maya city was built during the Late Classic (c.600-900 CE) and continued to be significant until the early Postclassic (c.900-1200 CE).

Chichen Itza: NatGeo Travel

Great Barrier Reef

Known to be the world’s largest coral system, covering an area of approximately 344400 sq km, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

Great Barrier Reef: NatGeo Travel

Machu Picchu

Located 2430m above sea level, this 15th C Inca site is situated on a mountain ridge in the Cusco Region of Peru. It was built as an estate for the Inca Emperor Pachacuti (c.1438-1472 CE) around 1450 CE and abandoned a century later.

Machu Picchu: NatGeo Travel


This UNESCO World Heritage Site was established c.312 BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans. Located in modern-day Jordan, it is now famous for its architecture, sculpted in the rock, and the water conduit system.

Petra: NatGeo Travel

Philippine Rice Terraces

Located approximately 1500m above sea level and fed by an ancient irrigation system from the adjacent rainforests, the c.2000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces are carved into the mountains of Ifugao, Philippines. They were likely built with minimal equipment, mostly by hand. The terraces are commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.

Philippine Rice Terraces: NatGeo Travel

Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Located in the Republic of Kiribati, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is an ocean nation about midway between Australia and Hawaii. It is the largest marine protected area in the Pacific Ocean.

Phoenix Islands Protected Area: NatGeo Travel

Santa Cruz de Mompox

Located in northern Colombia, this town has preserved its colonial character perfectly. It was founded c.1537 by Don Alonso de Heredia as a safe port on the Magdalena.

Santa Cruz de Mompox: NatGeo Travel

Taj Mahal

Located in Agra, India, this white marble mausoleum was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regarded by many to be the finest example of Mughal architecture.

Taj Mahal: NatGeo Travel



Source: NatGeo Intelligent Travel: Your Top 10 World Heritage Sites.


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