10 of the Most Stunning World Heritage Sites
The world is a beautiful place and is full of many wonders. So much so that UNESCO offers funding and protection to several of these wonders all across the globe and here we look at 10 of the most beautiful of these world heritage sites, a place listed by the UNESCO as a location of special cultural or physical significance.
Bagan City - Myanmar
A city filled with beautiful ancient temples dating right back to the 9th century, it has Pagan, Mongol and Buddhist roots in its culture and institutions that are unlike anywhere else in the world.
During a period of around 200 years from the 11th to 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples were built in the city and 2200 of these temples and pagodas remain today for intrepid explorers to discover.
Göreme National Park - Turkey
A park known for its unique rock formations called the 'fairy chimnies', this spot is in the central region of Turkey which was vital to each of the warring empires of Greece and the Ottomans , between 1800 and 1200 B.C and so the culture is mixed and vibrant, especially as many Christian settlers moved in during the rise of the Roman empire.
Grand Prismatic Spring - USA
The largest hot spring in the USA, and third largest in the world, Grand Prismatic spring has mineral-rich water that creates its vibrant blue that contrasts brilliantly with the different soil layers around it.
Situated in amongst the many awe-inspiring sights of Yellowstone National Park, this tops it all with its vivid colors capturing the eye and imagination.
Banaue Rice terraces - Phillippines
Carved into the mountainside around 2000 years ago, these rice terraces give the landscape a gloriously layered, visual effect and are fed by an ancient irrigation system.
Said to be so vast in their size and length that the steps, if put end to end, would circle half of the globe.
Sigiriya - Sri Lanka
An ancient rock fortress dating back to 477BC, the rock is over 200 meters high and dominates the surrounding landscape.
One of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning, its sides are decorated with colorful frescoes and part way up to the top is a gateway guarded by two massive lions carved from stone.