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World Heritage Sites

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.

Mt. Fuji's New World Heritage Site Status Draws Safety Concerns For Future Climbers

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 11.11.2013 | Travel

MOUNT FUJI, Japan — They trudge up well-trod cinder paths by the thousands, headlamps glowing in the dark, and then settle in, shivering, to awa...

LOOK: NKorean Fortress Wins UNESCO World Heritage Site Status

AP | Posted 08.23.2013 | World

KAESONG, North Korea — The remains of a fortress that once surrounded Kaesong, the ancient capital of Korea's Koryo Dynasty, are among sites in ...

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...

Mount Fuji To Be Recognized With World Heritage Honor

AP | Posted 05.01.2013 | Travel

TOKYO -- Japan's iconic Mount Fuji looks likely to win recognition as a World Heritage site. The Agency for Cultural Affairs issued a notice Wednesda...

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

hyperallergic.com | 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...

New Additions To List Of Endangered World Heritage Sites

AP | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green

PARIS -- UNESCO has added tropical rainforests in Honduras and Indonesia to its list of endangered world heritage sites. The Rio Platano Biosphere Re...

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.

Pompeii's 'House Of The Gladiators' Collapses

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — A 2,000-year-old house in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was once used by gladiators to train before combat, collapsed Saturday...

UNESCO: Bablyon Historic Site Damaged By US In Iraq

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's U.S.-led invaders inflicted serious damage on Babylon, driving heavy machinery over sacred paths, bulldozing hilltops and diggi...