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World Heritage Sites

Destroying History Is Now Being Charged As A War Crime

Quartz Africa | Rowaida Abdelaziz | Posted 08.22.2016 | World

An Islamist fighter has pleaded guilty in the Hague for destroying parts of the fabled West African trading city of Timbuktu, in the International Cri...

50 Years After Death, Visionary Architect Still Making History

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.23.2016 | Arts

Le Corbusier, the pioneering modernist architect who is lionized for his ideas as much as his buildings, got another boost this week when his body of ...

These 21 New World Heritage Sites Are A Traveler's Dream Bucket List

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 07.22.2016 | Travel

If you have plans to see the entire world in all its grandeur, UNESCO’s official list of World Heritage Sites is a good place to start. This sacred ...

Our Most Iconic Places Are Under Dire Threat From Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green

Dozens of the Earth's most cherished World Heritage sites are under dire threat from climate change -- and some may be damaged beyond saving, warns a ...

Almost Half Of World Heritage Sites Are Threatened, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.06.2016 | Green

Nearly half of the planet's world heritage sites are threatened by development, despite international protections, according to a report released Wedn...

Find The Real India: Dance In The Streets Of Gujarat

Jonathan Tourtellot | Posted 08.13.2016 | Travel
Jonathan Tourtellot

From a destination-quality point of view, Gujarat strikes me as pure India, still unadulterated by international tourism. The people are friendly, the streets filthy, the culture deep and complex, the traffic crazy, the dances fun, prices affordable, and the weather hot.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat You Must See

Sothy Eng | Posted 08.03.2016 | Travel
Sothy Eng

Some of us have a hard time to get up in time for breakfast, let alone at 4 a.m. to get ready to go to see sunrise over Angkor Wat. Yet, the tortuous alarm clock should remind us of how fortunate we are to experience sunrise over Angkor Wat.

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Destroy Part Of Yemen's UNESCO World Heritage Site

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

SANAA, June 12 (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least six people, Yemen's state news agency Saba said on Friday, and destroyed pa...

Japan's Must-See World Heritage Sites

Amy Chavez | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Amy Chavez

Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill.

Beyond the Bounds of Conservation

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

Saving world heritage sites is one thing. Activating them as economic and social assets for the local community is another project altogether.

Inspired by Poverty Point, New Orleans could seek UN heritage status

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
Susan Buchanan

The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in June designated an ancient Native American complex known as Poverty Point, east of Monroe, as Louisiana's first World Heritage site.

Cultural Gems We Bet You've Never Heard Of

The Active Times | Posted 07.26.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

There are a few (and by a few we mean many) exceptional sites out there that you've probably never heard of, but that definitely deserve a top spot on that travel bucket list of yours.

'The Greatest Sex Show On Earth' Just Might Save The Oceans

Posted 08.04.2014 | Green

Little known fact: coral reefs procreate. And since the number of reefs has been cut in half in the last 30 years thanks to climate change, polluti...

Incredible UNESCO Sites You May Never See Again

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Of the 981 properties included on UNESCO's World Heritage List, some 44 are categorized as in-danger, for reasons ranging from political instability to irresponsible tourism.

LOOK: The 14 Most Endangered Heritage Sites In Europe

Posted 05.19.2013 | World

Some of the most important cultural sites in Europe are in danger of disappearing. Last month, landmarks preservation group Europa Nostra shortlist...

The World's Most Expensive Itinerary Is Extremely Thorough

Posted 03.19.2013 | Travel

An aggressive new itinerary offered by London-based luxury agency Hurlingham Travel gives discerning travelers the chance to see every single UNESCO ...

PHOTOS: The World's Second Best Heritage Site?

Posted 02.09.2013 | Travel

This stone circle beat out Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal. And, no, it's not Stonehenge.

Protected Wildlife Area In Africa Declared A World Heritage Site

Posted 07.09.2012 | Green

By OurAmazingPlanet Staff: A massive swath of lush forest that straddles the borders of three African nations and is home to crowds of elephants, g...

And The Newest World Heritage Sites Are...

Posted 07.02.2012 | Travel

A group of 26 iconic, fantastic and endangered places around the globe are the latest entrants on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Among ...

PHOTOS: 10 Best World Heritage Sites

Posted 06.05.2012 | Travel

The last time we checked in with UNESCO's World Heritage List, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (phew!) was adding...

Five Natural Sites Where Humans Threaten Biodiversity (PHOTOS)

Laura DiMugno | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Laura DiMugno

Sadly, 35 of 200+ sites designated as natural World Heritage properties are considered in danger and face threats such as pollution, human armed conflict, poaching, uncontrolled urbanization, and unchecked tourism and development.

Travelogue: 100th Anniversary Of Machu Picchu Discovery

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 03.16.2012 | Travel
Olga Bonfiglio

Machu Picchu sits 9,090 feet above sea level and 300 miles south of Lima. It is one of the most visited places in South America with 250,000 visitors per year

Palestine Can Now Protect Its Heritage Sites | Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts

On Monday, Palestinians were finally admitted to the cultural body of the United Nations, UNESCO, as a full member. The move, which ignited the ire of...

PHOTOS: Which Is The Most Interesting Heritage Site On UNESCO's Endangered List?

Posted 08.28.2011 | World

Tuesday's addition of tropical rainforests in Honduras and Indonesia to UNESCO's endangered world heritage site list is a sobering reminder that, with...

What Are Whales Telling Us About the Earth?

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

It's time to end the whale hunt and grant amnesty to these magnificent creatures that are helping us survive on our planet -- by determining how quickly global warming is occurring.