From Bahrain to Burkina Faso, UNESCO announces new World Heritage Sites
Everybody has their own list of places in the world they’d like to see at least once in their lives. But if you’re looking for the ultimate travel bucket list, UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites is a good place to start. Since 1976, the UN body has inscribed numerous natural and cultural wonders on the list based on a set of criteria, marking them as treasures that should be celebrated and preserved by all of humanity. Twenty-nine new UNESCO World Heritage Sites were named during the body’s latest meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan last week.
Some of the most popular World Heritage Sites include Machu Picchu in Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Grand Canyon National Park in the United States, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Prague in the Czech Republic and the Taj Mahal in India.
The Philippines has six such World Heritage Sites—the country’s Baroque churches (which includes San Agustin Church, Paoay Church, Santa Maria Church and Miag-ao Church); Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park; the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras; the historic city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, the Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; and Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental.
In case you’re looking for inspiration for your next travel adventure, here are the 29 new UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
(Note: All the descriptions are lifted from the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites website).