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WHS Top 200: Community List

Recommended sites
Ksar of Aït Ben HaddouAfricanStunning Earthen Architecture
KoutammakouAfricanfor its traditional settlement and vernacular architecture
DjennéAfricanfor its mud mosque & the best known archaeological site in sub-Saharan Africa
AksumAfricanrepresentative of Ethiopia, but also one of most advanced ancient civilizations in Africa outside the Egyptian sphere
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo JumpAgriculturerepresentative of native American hunting practices
Coffee Cultural LandscapeAgricultureclosely associated with the identity of Colombia as coffee-producing nation
Viñales ValleyAgriculturefor tobacco cultivation, which is closely associated with Cuba
Rice Terraces of the Philippine CordillerasAgricultureiconic and outstanding example of high-altitude rice production
Pico IslandAgriculturemost picturesque setting of all Vineyard sites
Wachau Cultural LandscapeAgriculturefor its imposing abbeys
AcropolisAncient Greecevery classic and symbol of Greek Culture in many aspects
Mycenae and TirynsAncient Greecerepresenting the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C
OlympiaAncient Greecefor the Olympic Games, a tradition that exists til this day
BaalbekAncient Romestunning temple architecture
PompeiAncient Romeunique site to study Roman life
Leptis MagnaAncient RomeBest Roman town to represent whole N Africa
Villa Romana del CasaleAncient Romemosaics depicting everyday life in Ancient Rome
Historic CairoArabic / Middle Easternfor its Islamic and Coptic heritage
KairouanArabic / Middle Easternthe fourth holiest city in Islam, and an important center of learning in North Africa in the 9th century
AleppoArabic / Middle Easternfor its long period of history and remains
DamascusArabic / Middle EasternOne of the oldest cities in the world with many historical sites
Medina of MarrakeshArabic / Middle Eastern"iconic" city with fine mosques going back to 11C and a full set of souks, trad areas
Ping YaoAsianbest preserved example of a dynastic Chinese town/city, shows evolution of Chinese urban planning
Fujian TulouAsianunique and iconic vernacular architecture
Kathmandu ValleyAsianreligious significance as well as stunning Newari architecture
BukharaAsianone of the best preserved historic cities in Central Asia
SamarkandAsianhuge Silk Road significance
BorobudurBuddhisticonic sight, one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world
Dazu Rock CarvingsBuddhistfor its carvings & coming together of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism
Ajanta CavesBuddhistimpressive art, the fresco and rock carving are the masterpiece
Mogao CavesBuddhistgem of the Silk Road, "the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world"
SigiriyaBuddhistSri Lanka's best site and quite unique in Asia; for its amazing location/conception
Potala PalaceBuddhistto represent Tibetan culture and very iconic
Mahabodhi Temple ComplexBuddhistbirthplace of Buddhism, the center of Buddhism pilgrimage
Pyramids (Memphis)Buriallargest pyramid and only surviving ancient wonder of the world
Mausoleum of the First Qin EmperorBurialfor its famous terra-cotta warriors, first unification of China
Etruscan NecropolisesBurialfascinating pre-Roman Tombs, preserved tomb murals/paintings
Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of ConfuciusBurialmost important for Confucianism
Taj MahalBurialnot only for Islamic Mughal burial site but for architecture, garden and landscape design
Göreme NPByzantineeroded rock formations, underground architecture and frescoes
Aachen CathedralChristianfor understanding the role of religion in European politics and culture; also impressive architectural importance and longevity
MeteoraChristianmost visually striking group of monasteries on this list
Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)Christianfor the impressive architecture of the Tower of Pisa and the Baptistry
Mount AthosChristianholy mountain in Greece, spiritual center of the Orthodox Church
Route of Santiago de CompostelaChristianCatholic pilgrimage route that has been in use since the Middle Ages
LalibelaChristianspectacular rock-hewn cruciform-shaped churches in Ethiopia
Sceilg MhichílChristianwonderful setting, exemplifies monastic isolation
Kizhi PogostChristianpicturesque wooden churches on an island in a lake in northern Russia, representing Russian Orthodoxy
RavennaChristianOutstanding mosaics
BethlehemChristianBirthplace of Jesus
Saint Catherine AreaChristianOne of the world's oldest monasteries, at the foot of Mount Sinai
Vatican CityChristianSt. Peter's Basilica is an icon of Renaissance architecture and is known for its papal use; also one of the largest churches in the world
Mont-Saint-MichelChristianstunning location in a bay
WestminsterChristian"Mother of Parliaments"
WestminsterCivic / Public Works"Mother of Parliaments"
Sydney Opera HouseCivic / Public Workssymbol of Australia, iconic architecture, world landmark
Kremlin and Red SquareCivic / Public WorksTo represent Russian mediaeval architecture
Great Zimbabwe RuinsCivilizations of Sub-Saharan AfricaTHE major and most iconic archaeological site in Africa south of the Equator
Cliff of BandiagaraCivilizations of Sub-Saharan Africafor its cliff dwellings and cultural landscape / indigenous religion
AksumCivilizations of Sub-Saharan Africarepresentative of Ethiopia, but also one of most advanced ancient civilizations in Africa outside the Egyptian sphere
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo MnaraCivilizations of Sub-Saharan Africamajor Swahili trading site; predates Zanzibar
MeroeClassical (other)for its over 200 pyramids dating from the Kingdom of Kush
Melaka and George TownColonialunique Sino-Portuguese art with Malay culture
QuébecColonialbest french colonial city
PotosiColonialsilver mine in a colonial setting (also for its historic town)
Ouro PretoColonialoutstanding Baroque city
CartagenaColonialrepresenting world exploration and the great commercial maritime routes
PueblaColonialoutstanding planned city in Mexico with rich architecture
ThingvellirCultural landscapeearly, and "iconic" example of "democratic" self government and also the voyages of the Vikings
Hallstatt-DachsteinCultural landscapedistinctive Austrian Alpine towns and landscape famous for its salt mines in use as early as the 2nd millennium BC
Coffee Cultural LandscapeCultural landscapeclosely associated with the identity of Colombia as coffee-producing nation
SintraCultural landscapevisually beautiful, linked to esoterism and covers a variety of architectural styles, from Moorish to Gothic to Renaissance
Viñales ValleyCultural landscapefor tobacco cultivation, which is closely associated with Cuba
Bali Subak systemCultural landscapehighlights the Balinese Subak system of irrigation for rice terraces, as well as water temples
West LakeCultural landscapefor its influence on Chinese culture in general (from gardening to literature); also a quintessential CL
Medici Villas and GardensCultural landscapeunique style of Italian gardening, architecture, and landscape design, influencing other residences in Italy and Europe
Rice Terraces of the Philippine CordillerasCultural landscapeiconic and outstanding example of high-altitude rice production
Wadi RumCultural landscapeexcellent example of an Arabian desert, iconic scenic and historic value
Pico IslandCultural landscapemost picturesque setting of all Vineyard sites
KoutammakouCultural landscapefor its traditional settlement and vernacular architecture
UluruCultural landscapeNo. 1 for freestanding rock domes; iconic monolith; aboriginal culture
Persian GardenCultural landscapegreat variety of Persian gardens representing different climates and timeperiods
Kew GardensCultural landscapefor its pioneering scientific work & has the largest collection of living plants in the world
Wachau Cultural LandscapeCultural landscapefor its imposing abbeys
Namib Sand SeaDesertrepresents coastal deserts, plus iconic sand dunes
El PinacateDeserthighlights the North American desert environment, noted for its biodiversity
Wadi RumDesertexcellent example of an Arabian desert, iconic scenic and historic value
Air and TénéréDesertrepresenting the Sahara, the world's largest desert
Virunga National ParkDiverse ecosystemsexceptional (bio)diversity, first national park on the continent of Africa, significant number of rare Mountain Gorrilas plus chimpanzees
Lorentz National ParkDiverse ecosystemsrepresenting the biodiversity of New Guinea
Museumsinsel (Museum Island)Educationalfor its contribution to museology
Jantar MantarEducationalprime example of an astronomical site
Ancient ThebesEgyptianEgyptian civilization at its height: Luxor and Karnak
Pyramids (Memphis)Egyptianlargest pyramid and only surviving ancient wonder of the world
Nubian MonumentsEgyptianfor Abu Simbel
Göreme NPErodederoded rock formations, underground architecture and frescoes
Grand CanyonErodedno. 1 choice for canyons
Vredefort DomeErodedrepresents a larger meteorite impact structure
UluruErodedNo. 1 for freestanding rock domes; iconic monolith; aboriginal culture
Ironbridge GorgeFactories & industrythe symbol of the Industrial Revolution, represents early Iron making
New LanarkFactories & industryexample of a philanthropist factory town
Ancient KyotoFar Easternmasterpiece of Japanese architecture, gardens
Ancient NaraFar Easternrepresent the formation of the Japanese state
Komodo National ParkFaunafor the iconic Komodo dragon
Sichuan Giant Panda SanctuariesFaunaGiant panda
Gulf of CaliforniaFaunagreat biodiversity (almost 40% of the world's total marine mammal species) in this narrow gulf in dry, southwestern North America
SerengetiFaunasavannah in eastern Africa that hosts the world's largest annual overland migration of animals
NgorongoroFaunasavannah wildlife in a volcanic crater; Olduvai: Home Erectus, Habilis and Sapiens + "tools"
Aldabra AtollFaunaExample of Atoll creation plus notable bird and tortoise species
Virunga National ParkFaunaexceptional (bio)diversity, first national park on the continent of Africa, significant number of rare Mountain Gorrilas plus chimpanzees
Banc d'ArguinFaunaRepresenting the Eastern Atlantic Migratory (Birds) Flyway
YellowstoneFaunabest variety of geothermal features on the World Heritage list, plus Rocky Mountain park home to bison, wolves, and grizzly bears
Galapagos IslandsFauna famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin
Kinabalu ParkFlorarepresenting Borneo and its flora
Cape Floral RegionFloraone of the world's six floral kingdoms, with fynbos vegetation
Alejandro de Humboldt National ParkFlorahighlights flora endemic to the Caribbean (also a good site for Caribbean fauna)
YellowstoneForestbest variety of geothermal features on the World Heritage list, plus Rocky Mountain park home to bison, wolves, and grizzly bears
RedwoodForestfor its gigantic trees
Tropical Rainforest SumatraForestfor the protection of flora and fauna species of Sumatra
Yosemite National ParkGlaciationglaciated continental landscapes post-glaciers
Glacier parksGlaciationglaciated coastal landscapes with active glaciers
Ilulissat IcefjordGlaciationrepresents the Arctic
Te WahipounamuGlaciationoutstanding fjords and glaciated landscapes in the southern hemisphere
Los GlaciaresGlaciationglaciated continental landscapes with active glaciers
Chola TemplesHinduimpressive Hindu temple, representative of southern Indian art
Khajuraho Group of MonumentsHindurepresenting Nagara and North Indian architecture, best sculpture
Sun Temple, KonarakHindurepresenting Kalinga architecture style, best sculpture and carving along with Khajuraho
PrambananHinduimpressive example of Hindu architecture outside of India, best example of Indonesian candi
Temple of HeavenIndigenousObvious significance and wooden architecture design is exceptional
Dazu Rock CarvingsIndigenousfor its carvings & coming together of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism
Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of ConfuciusIndigenousmost important for Confucianism
Itsukushima ShrineIndigenousrepresenting Shinto
Aldabra AtollInsularExample of Atoll creation plus notable bird and tortoise species
Sub-Antarctic IslandsInsularhighlights insular flora and fauna in the Southern Ocean region
Fraser IslandInsularlargest sand island in the world
Meidan Emam, EsfahanIslamicformer royal square at the heart of a former capital of the Persian empire; representative Shia site with Safavid architecture
Selimiye MosqueIslamic16th century masterpiece of the architect Sinan, and one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture
Qutb MinarIslamicRepresenting Islam in South Asia, plus tallest brick minaret in the world
KairouanIslamicthe fourth holiest city in Islam, and an important center of learning in North Africa in the 9th century
Skocjan CavesKarst / cavesplace "where the study of karst topography began", and part of one of the 2 great karst areas of the World
Alejandro de Humboldt National ParkKarst / caveshighlights flora endemic to the Caribbean (also a good site for Caribbean fauna)
Ha Long BayKarst / cavesprobably the most recognized example of karst topography
South China KarstKarst / cavesOne of the best examples of continental karsts worldwide; "One of 2 great karst areas of the World"
Gunung MuluKarst / cavesgreat example of a karst cave / karst pinnacles
Mexico City and XochimilcoLatin Americanfor its culture, architecture and Aztec heritages
CuzcoLatin Americanremains of Inca capital smothered by colonial buildings
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean RiverMarine / Coastaloutstanding habitat from mountain to sea, with an underground river, in the Philippine archipelago
Rock IslandsMarine / Coastalcontains 52 marine lakes, more than at any other site in the world, high endemism
Great Barrier ReefMarine / Coastaloutstanding example of a tropical coral reef
Te WahipounamuMarine / Coastaloutstanding fjords and glaciated landscapes in the southern hemisphere
West Norwegian FjordsMarine / Coastalclassic example of fjords, among the world's longest and deepest, from the northern hemisphere
Gulf of CaliforniaMarine / Coastalgreat biodiversity (almost 40% of the world's total marine mammal species) in this narrow gulf in dry, southwestern North America
CartagenaMaritimerepresenting world exploration and the great commercial maritime routes
Maritime GreenwichMaritimerepresents the development of navigation and astronomy
SienaMedieval Europeanthe choice of a medieval town in Italy
DubrovnikMedieval Europeanrather fine in its architecture and location
CracowMedieval Europeana significant city with a well preserved mediaeval core
BudapestMedieval Europeancontrast across the 2 sides of the river, great location and the 19C "modernity"
ViennaMedieval Europeanfor Habsburg heritage development and its 19th century Ring
GranadaMedieval Europeanfor the Alhambra and to represent Moorish history
BruggeMedieval Europeanbeautiful, coherent mediaeval core of a once significant city
Auschwitz BirkenauMemorial / Monumentmemorializes and educates the public about the Holocaust and genocide
Genbaku DomeMemorial / Monumentmemorializes the moment man could destroy nations, memorial to the victims of nuclear weapons & part of the movement to eliminate them
Statue of LibertyMemorial / Monumenticonic and symbolic monument to liberty, freedom, and democracy and eventually migrants and refugees seeking exactly that
Gwynedd CastlesMilitary / Fortificationsprobably most impressive series of castles of medieval Europe
Agra FortMilitary / Fortificationsonce center of the Mughal Empire, and represents South Asia well on Palaces
Himeji-joMilitary / Fortificationsthe quintessential Japanese castle
Crac des ChevaliersMilitary / Fortificationsmajor Crusader site in the Middle East
Great WallMilitary / Fortificationsiconic and universally known
Hill Forts of RajasthanMilitary / FortificationsRajput architecture is outstanding in its own way and perfect example of fortress palace of Asia
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt MinesMinesiconic salt mine & representation of early tourism
PotosiMinessilver mine in a colonial setting (also for its historic town)
MeteoraMountainmost visually striking group of monasteries on this list
Sagarmatha National ParkMountainhighest in world and many other high peaks, glaciers etc
Nanda Devi and Valley of FlowersMountainHimalaya, alpine flora
Swiss Alps Jungfrau-AletschMountainrepresenting the Alps, high alpine scenery, largest glacier in Eurasia
Kilimanjaro National ParkMountainhighest mountain in Africa, strato volcano, giant flora etc
Canadian Rocky Mountain ParksMountainrange of aspects: continental divide range, fossils (Burgess), lakes/glaciers etc
Cliff of BandiagaraMountainfor its cliff dwellings and cultural landscape / indigenous religion
Machu PicchuMountainrepresenting the Inca civilization; perhaps most important and iconic Pre-Columbian site; also for fine Andes location
PalmyraNear Easternone of the most well-known Middle East trade route sites
SamarraNear Easternfor the spiral minaret of its Great Mosque & early Muslim architecture
Tchogha ZanbilNear Easternfor its Ziggurat & to represent the Elamite empire
PersepolisNear Easternrepresenting the Persian Empire
HatraNear Easternrepresenting the Parthian Empire
Nemrut DagNear Easterniconic heads & spread of Hellenism
PetraNear Easternrepresenting the Nabatean Empire & for its well-preserved remains
Rock IslandsPacificcontains 52 marine lakes, more than at any other site in the world, high endemism
Rapa NuiPacificfor its mysterious moais.
Imperial PalacePalacefor the Forbidden City
Agra FortPalaceonce center of the Mughal Empire, and represents South Asia well on Palaces
Changdeokgung Palace ComplexPalacemajor site representative of Korean architecture
VersaillesPalacebecame template for palaces all over Europe
NgorongoroPaleontologysavannah wildlife in a volcanic crater; Olduvai: Home Erectus, Habilis and Sapiens + "tools"
Lower Valley of the AwashPaleontologyFor the Lucy skeleton (popularization, US tour)
Joggins Fossil CliffsPaleontologycovers the Coal Age and this a particulary significant period for Man's later development
Classical Gardens of SuzhouPark or gardenepitome of classical Chinese garden design
Kew GardensPark or gardenfor its pioneering scientific work & has the largest collection of living plants in the world
Persian GardenPark or gardengreat variety of Persian gardens representing different climates and timeperiods
Site of CarthagePhoenicianfor its historical significance
ViennaPost-medieval Europeanfor Habsburg heritage development and its 19th century Ring
Amsterdam Canal RingPost-medieval Europeanfor its architecture and historical importance
BudapestPost-medieval Europeancontrast across the 2 sides of the river, great location and the 19C "modernity"
FlorencePost-medieval EuropeanRenaissance town par excellence
St. PetersburgPost-medieval Europeanan excellent example of 18th century architecture and as a representation (together with Moscow) of one of the largest empires in the world
DubrovnikPost-medieval Europeanrather fine in its architecture and location
Paris, Banks of the SeinePost-medieval EuropeanIconic. Important for Town Planning.
Chichen-ItzaPre-ColumbianIcon and representative site of of Mayan civilization
Chan ChanPre-Columbianto cover the Chimu and for its size and "mystery"
San AgustínPre-Columbianfor its beautiful giant sculptures
Machu PicchuPre-Columbianrepresenting the Inca civilization; perhaps most important and iconic Pre-Columbian site; also for fine Andes location
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo JumpPre-Columbianrepresentative of native American hunting practices
Caral-Supe Pre-Columbianoldest city in the Americas
Mesa VerdePre-ColumbianCliff Palace, Balcony House, and unique adaptation to a harsh environment
Chaco CulturePre-Columbianimpressive remains and rock art of the Anasazi
TeotihuacanPre-Columbianfor its huge pyramids
SGang GwaayPre-Columbianfor its giant totem poles
Tikal National ParkPre-Columbianno.1 Maya-site in jungle setting
ÇatalhöyükPrehistoricwell preserved dwellings from the earliest periods of man's "settlement"
StonehengePrehistoriciconic
Nasca LinesPrehistoricfor its iconic status and "Mystery"
Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of ConfuciusResidencemost important for Confucianism
Works of Antoni GaudíResidencebreadth of spectacular imaginative modernist architecture
Villa Romana del CasaleResidencemosaics depicting everyday life in Ancient Rome
Medici Villas and GardensResidenceunique style of Italian gardening, architecture, and landscape design, influencing other residences in Italy and Europe
Central Amazon Conservation ComplexRiver / Lakebest to represent the Amazon and its size is important
Iguazu National ParkRiver / LakeArgentinian side: for its enormous and iconic waterfalls
Victoria FallsRiver / Lakefor iconic Waterfall
Okavango DeltaRiver / Lakeinland delta with variable seasons and fauna
Lake BaikalRiver / Lakedeepest, oldest and 2nd largest lake in the world
PantanalRiver / LakeCoverage of S American flora and fauna especially mammals
Three parallel rivers of YunnanRiver / Lakecovers upper reaches of three of the great rivers of Asia: the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween
The SundarbansRiver / LakeBangladesh part - Major river delta and "the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world"
Kenya Lake SystemRiver / LakeAfrican Rift Valley, soda lakes, avifauna
Decorated cave of Pont d'ArcRock Artartistically beautiful
Altamira CaveRock Artfor its historic significance
Vézère ValleyRock Artmost iconic and well preserved rock art
MoenjodaroSouth (East) Asianfor Indus Valley Civilization
Ellora CavesSouth (East) Asianbeautiful rock-cut cave temples, with ties to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, Kailash Temple is best example of Dravidian architecture
Chola TemplesSouth (East) Asianimpressive Hindu temple, representative of southern Indian art
AngkorSouth (East) Asianmost well-known temple complex in south and southeast Asia; started out as a Hindu temple before changing to a Buddhist temple in the 12th century
SukhothaiSouth (East) AsianCradle of Thai Civilization with beautiful Sukothai styles
Grand CanalTransport and Tradebest of the canal sites, and an impressive feat of engineering
Silk RoadsTransport and Tradetrade route that significantly shaped history between Asia and Europe
Qhapaq ÑanTransport and TradeInca Road System
Old City of JerusalemUrban continuityMonuments of ancient Middle Eastern cultures, Roman, Byzantine, Mamluk, Ottoman, Colonial
PragueUrban continuitySignificant mediaeval and Art Nouveau monuments. A great ensemble.
Venice and its LagoonUrban continuityfor its unique water setting
IstanbulUrban continuityByzantine-Ottoman continuity.
Mexico City and XochimilcoUrban continuityfor its culture, architecture and Aztec heritages
Sana'aUrban continuityUnique and outstanding architecture
DamascusUrban continuityOne of the oldest cities in the world with many historical sites
ToledoUrban continuityPerfect representative of Iberian city development from medieval
RomeUrban continuitySignificant ancient Roman monuments as well as mediaeval and Baroque
FerraraUrban planningexample of Italian Renaissance urban planning
ShibamUrban planningexcellent example of vertical city planning
BrasiliaUrban planningpre-eminent example of 20th century architecture and urban planning
New LanarkUrban planningexample of a philanthropist factory town
ThingvellirVikingearly, and "iconic" example of "democratic" self government and also the voyages of the Vikings
Hawaii VolcanoesVolcanic / thermalbest example of volcanic island-building
Volcanoes of KamchatkaVolcanic / thermalrepresenting the Pacific Ring of Fire
Isole EolieVolcanic / thermalSignificant in the early study of volcanism
Teide National ParkVolcanic / thermalBest example of a Stratovolcano
YellowstoneVolcanic / thermalbest variety of geothermal features on the World Heritage list, plus Rocky Mountain park home to bison, wolves, and grizzly bears

Sites of interest
Island of Gorée
Nahanni National Parkunspoiled North American river
Quito"largest, least-altered and best preserved historic centre" in Latin America
L'Anse aux Meadowsremains of earliest example of European presence in North America
Abu MenaCoptic church (oriental rites), frescoes
Forts and Castles Gold Coast
Chartres Cathedralincredibly beautiful Gothic-style cathedral in France
Evergladessubtropical North American wetlands with a diversity of wading birds and other wildlife
Antigua Guatemala
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Bryggento represent a late mediaeval port and the Hanseatic League
Urnes Stave Churchiconic example of Scandinavian wooden architecture
Thracian tomb of Kazanlakrepresents Thracian culture, artistic value
Fasil Ghebbifortress city formerly home to the Ethiopian royal family, and it represents east Africa
Plitvice Lakesearly WHS, also for its karst features and travertine pools
Amphitheater of El JemAmphitheater is most recognizable monument in Roman Africa
Santa Maria delle Graziehome to Leonardo da Vinci's iconic The Last Supper
Taxilaimportant archaeological site, ancient place of learning. major Gandharan site
Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Megalithic Temples of Malta
Warsaw
Copanrepresentative site of of Mayan civilization
Hal Saflieni Hypogeumone of the oldest buildings
Asante Traditional Buildingsrepresentative of Western African vernacular art
Speyer Cathedral
Amiens Cathedralexample of N. European Gothic
Djoudj
Olympic National Parkcombi of mountains and coast
Willandra Lakesvery early homo sapiens findings, including the world's oldest cremation site
Fort and Shalamar Gardensfor Mughal gardening
Kakadu National Parkunique artwork of the Aboriginals
Fontainebleau
Medina of Fezrepresenting the North African medina
Darien National Park
Mammoth Cave
M'Zab Valleywalled town and concentric streets plus its Date groves and other cultural factors
National History Parkrepresents an extraordinary piece of Haitian history during its first phase of an independent nation
Tasmanian Wildernessfor its size and representing Australian species
Cahokia Moundsthe major pre-Columbian site in North America; iconic site of the Mississippi culture
Rio Platano Biosphere Reserveto represent biodiversity in Central America
Selous Game Reserveone of the largest fauna reserves in the world
Anuradhapuraimpressive gigantic stupa architecture, cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senansideal industrialized landscape, underground salt extraction
Vallée de Maifor its unique variety of flora and birds
Rila Monasterybest example of an orthodox monastery in the Balkans outside Greece
Pirin National Park
Belemone the most iconic sites in the Iberian peninsula and important also for travel and trade history
Lake Malawifor its closed system study of evolution
MahabalipuramRock cut Dravidan Architecture,Monolith
El Escurialfor the concept of combining a palace with a monastery
Segoviabest example of aqueduct still integrally forming part of a modern historic centre
Keoladeo National Parkimportant nesting area in South Asia for migratory birds from Siberia and China, including the rare Siberian crane
Kaziranga National Parkhigh bio-diversity, Indian one horned Rhino
Salvador de Bahiafor its impressive european architecture with african feeling in Brazil
Pont du Gardbest example of Roman aqueduct
DivrigiAnatolian "Seljuk" mosque and hospital with fine carvings
Rock Art of Altafor the remote location - it's the northernmost cultural WHS and represents polar culture well.
Painted Churches in the Troödos Regionone of the best examples of painted churches on an island
Tadrart AcacusSignificant for study as paintings reflect the changing environment of the Sahara desert
Huascaran National Parkdiversity of the Andes
Santiago de Compostelafor the cathedral and religious significance
Royal Palaces of Abomeyrepresentative of West African kingdoms
Chavin1500 to 300BC, precedes Nazca and Tiwanaku
Hampiruined city of Hindu Kingdom with many great art and unique location
Durham Castle and Cathedralexample of Romanesque cathedral
IguacuBrazilian side
Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassaefor its excellent preservation of a Greek temple
Trierbest example of several Roman sites within the same city and iconic
Fatehpur SikriAnother beautiful Mughal city-palace
Giant's Causewaybasalt formation formed by volcanic activity at a fine location
Churches and Convents of GoaPortuguese colonial architecture + introduction of Catholicism to Asia
St. Kildapicturesque and iconic
Hattushamost important city of an Anatolian culture, Hittite empire
Oaxaca and Monte Albanmost significant Zapotec site
Peking Man SitePrime example of Homo erectus site (many individuals plus tools
Frontiers of the Roman Empiremainly for Hadrian's Wall
Bahla Fortperfect example of fortified oasis
Dja Faunal Reserverainforest in west-central Africa which includes wildlife like the western lowland gorilla and the forest elephant
Sundarbans National ParkIndian part
Archaeological Site of Delphi"religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world"
Blenheim Palacerepresentative of British palaces and manor houses and lanscape gardening
Pattadakalrepresenting Badami Chalukya architecture
Monticelloarchitecture and design, as well as the combined faculty and student learning environment of the University of Virginia
Seville
Lübeckrepresenting the Hanseatic League
City of Batha unique example of thermal architecture from various periods
PalenqueMaya site with "exquisite architecture"
Mount TaishanTaoist sacred mountain
Rhodesfor its Crusader architecture
Timbuktufor its historic significance
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingeniosbest Spanish architecture in the Caribbean
Salamancabest of the European University cities
Manovo-Gounda St. Florispark in central Africa, home to the black rhinoceros
Canterburyseat of the spiritual head of the Church of England; also the site where Christianity was introduced to England
Wet Tropics of Queenslandrepresenting Australia
ThessalonikaRepresenting the Early Period of Byzantine Art and architecture
Ghadames"the pearl of the desert", unique functions based on levels/terraces
Guanajuatoarchetypal "Mexican" town from 18C which has developed beyond its purely Spanish colonial roots
Hierapolis-Pamukkalegeothermal features
Sanchioldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence, one of the masterpieces of Indian art, important for Ashoka connection
MystrasRepresenting the Late Period of Byzantine Art and Architecture
Santo Domingooldest colonial city in the Americas
Itchan Kalaimpressive architecture
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Rio Abiseo National Parkfor the unique Chachapoya sites of Gran Pajatén and Los Pinchudos
Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitosunique vernacular style, representative for missions
Potsdamone of the finest landscape gardens/parks in Europe
KievSaint Sophia is a beautiful Eastern Orthodox cathedral with Byzantine art
Huangshanscenic beauty
San Gimignanofor its iconic towers are really stunning, a great repetitive of medieval village.
Ujung Kulon National Parkvolcanic eruption (Krakatau); Javan Rhinoceros
Serra da Capivarafor being one of the oldest cultural sites in the Americas and the earliest one of this scale
AyutthayaImportant city of SE Asia history with gigantic temple ruins and palace, a showcase of regional civilization
Shark Bayfor the ancient and important Stromatolites
Telc
White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdalfor Russian architecture in general
Rammelsberg and GoslarGerman mediëval town
Wulingyuansandstone karst landscape
El Tajinthe Pyramid of Niches alone is worthy of inclusion
Cesky Krumlovmedieval feeling, nicely preserved
NovgorodTo represent Russian mediaeval towns.
Jiuzhaigou Valleyfor its scenic beauty
Taos Pueblooldest continually inhabited village/town in the United States
HuanglongFor its travertine features
Bambergreally stunning overall medieval preservation with very few later additions
Brú na Bóinnefor pre-historic burial traditions mixed with astronomic considerations
Baroque Churchesrepresents a fused Filipino-Hispanic architectural style of churches in the Philippines
Trinity Sergius Lavraspiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church
Huétraditional architecture of SE Asia
MateraOne of the best examples of cave dwelling on the list
Tubbataha Reefs
Churches of Moldaviagreat exterior wall paintings
Völklingen Ironworksepitomizes the modern iron-making industry
Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkFor its mountain gorillas
Canaima National ParkHighest Waterfall, "unique" formations and biota.
Mtskhetaone of the best regional examples of churches
Wudang Mountainsimpressive in terms of architecture
SafranboluEarly Ottoman site par excellence
Los Katios National ParkCentral American park with high biodiversity and high regional endemism
Mountain Resort, Chengderepresents Chinese integration of buildings into the natural environment
NaplesLots of beautiful monuments
Kutna Horasilver mine in an European setting (also for its historic town)
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Templeto represent the Far Eastern / Korean tradition in Buddhist art
Gough and Inaccessible Islands
Shirakawa-go and Gokayamaunique architecture apart from other Japanese villages
Carlsbad Caverns
Messel Pitfor variety of fossilized creatures
EdinburghGreat city of many beautiful architecture from many periods, medieaval to Georgian
Tierradentroholds the largest concentration of Pre-Columbian monumental burials
Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
Luang Prabangcolonial architecture in Asia
Old Town Lunenburgthe best British example in North America/Caribbean
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
Archaeological Site of Aigaifor its royal tombs and wall paintings, and for representing the late Classic period and Macedonians
Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Cologne Cathedraliconic Gothic-style cathedral in Germany
UxmalMaya site with distinctive architectural style
Lushan National Park
The trulli of AlberobelloA nice example of vernacular architecture
Luther MemorialsRepresenting the Protestant Reformation of 1517
Upper Svanetifor the tower houses
Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant BuddhaLocation of the first Buddhist Temple in China, and largest Buddha statue in the world
Castel del Monteiconic medieval castle with mystical undertones
Schönbrunn
Bauhaus Sitesfor its contribution to modern architecture
Belize Barrier Reef
Laponian AreaRepresents pastoralism and reindeer husbandry
SalzburgBeautiful setting. Demonstrates continuity from mediaeval to Baroque.
Lumbinibirthplace of Buddha as well as spiritual place for several Eastern cultures
Rigafor its Art Nouveau parts
Malbork Castlemost impressive brick castle in the world
San Pedro de la Roca CastleBest preserved Spanish Fortress in the Caribbean
Willemstadrepresent all of the Lesser Antilles
Tallinnvery nice/authentic mediëval core
Mount Kenyastrato volcano, giant flora etc similar to Kilimanjaro
Costiera Amalfitanavisually beautiful Italian terraced landscape with coastal villages, vineyards, and orchards located on steep hillsides
Pyrénées - Mont Perduvisually dramatic landscape, alpine flora, best example of European transhumance
Agrigentoone of the best preserved Greek sites outside of Greece
Fortified City of Carcassonne
Heard and McDonald Islandsrepresenting the sub-Antarctic, no record of alien flora or fauna species and volcanically active
Old Town of Lijiangunique Naxi ideal city and sophisticated water management
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
Royal Palace at Casertabiggest palace in Europe
Kinderdijkquintessential Dutch landscape
Troyfor its importance in the history of archaeology
East Rennell
Grand Place, Brussels
Qadisha ValleyLebanese Mediterranean landscape with cedar forests and terraces for grain, grapes, and olives; home to Maronite monks
Summer Palace
Flemish Béguinagesfocus on female religious worship
Cilento and Vallo di Dianofor the Greek temples in Paestum
San Cristobal de La Lagunainfluence on Spanish colonial cities in the Americas
Fossil Hominid SitesFor the Taung Skull, a specimen of the species Australopithecus africanus (first of an early ape-form species to be classified as hominid)
Hoi An
Sukur
Viganimportant South-East Asian trading city
Wooden Churches of Maramuresexcellent representative example of vernacular wooden architecture in Europe
Nikkoexceptional architecture
Neolithic Orkneyfor Skara Brae with its amazingly "complete" representation of a Neolithic dwelling in a fine setting
Wartburg Castle"the ideal castle" Central-European style, also connected to the evolution of Protestantism
Villa Adriana (Tivoli)best example of a "Roman Villa"
Cueva de las Manosfor its quirkiness and age
Peninsula Valdesrepresentative Patagonian landscape by land; marine habitat for right whales, elephant seals, sea lions, and orcas by sea
Mountain Railways of IndiaFor their quirkiness
Laurisilva of Madeirabest example of relict laurel forest, also representing the biodiversity of Macaronesia
Ancient Merv
iSimangaliso Wetland Parkto represent South African wetlands
Assisibest site to illustrate the veneration of saints, also impressive frescos
Echmiatsin and ZvartnotsOldest cathedral in the world, in the first country to formally adopt Christianity as national religion
Ischigualasto / Talampaya
Major Town Housesexcellent example of Art Nouveau-style residences
First Coffee Plantationsremains of 171 historic coffee plantations, representing the traditional way coffee was produced
GyeongjuMassive Tombs, Astronomical Observatory, and sacred mountain filled with carved buddhas and several pagodas.
Stone Town of Zanzibarfor its 19th century sights
Loire Valleyvalley filled with architecturally unique châteaux and towns
Tiwanakucovers a major culture spreading across 300BC – 300AD
Rietveld Schröderhuisrepresents the modern movement of architecture well; excellent use of space inside the house
Central Suriname Nature Reservea well maintained representation of Amazonian forest
Vall de Boione of the best regional painted churches in a spectacular environment
Noel Kempff Mercado National Parkcontender to represent the Amazon
Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennespretty unique site in terms of its age
Longmen Grottoesone of the best examples of Chinese art during Tang Dynasty
Churches of Chiloérepresents the tradition of Jesuit and mestizo wooden architecture constructed on islands on the west coast of Chile
Greater Blue Mountainsfor the eucalypts
Yungang Grottoesthe only grottoes that show various styles of Chinese art development
Tugendhat Villamost important and representative modernist site currently on the List
Cerrado Protected Areas
Derwent Valley Millsearly weaving Enterprise, start of the production process, early Industrial housing
Villa d'Estebeautiful mixture of water and architecture that influenced other European gardens
Falun Great Copper Mountainfor its long and influential history as a copper mine
Zollvereinto represent the heavy industries in the Ruhrgebiet
Tombs of Buganda KingsExample of African Royalty burial practice
Ambohimangarepresentative of royal site in an African context
Churches of Peacelarge wooden churches built as refuges for Protestants in Silesia
Brazilian Atlantic IslandsAtlantic rainforest off the northeast coast of Brazil, with representative marine and bird life
Tsodilo
Alto Dourohistoric wine-growing region in Portugal; known for Port wine
Vat Phoufor its Khmer architecture
MasadaFortress, Palace, amazing location, oodles of "History"
Paramaribowooden architecture, Transatlantic Dutch colony
Val di Notovery coherent late Baroque townscape
Minaret of Jamoutstanding example of Islamic architecture in central Asia; beautiful brick and tile work
Upper Middle Rhine Valleylandscape of towns, castles, and vineyards built along a European route of transportation in use for over 2,000 years
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka600 rock shelters (Asian unique rock art)
Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawiresting place for one of the most prominent religious figures in the history of Sufism
Matobo Hills
White City of Tel-AvivBauhaus in a "living context"
Purnululu National Parksandstone karst
Phong Nha - Ke Bangwith the new discovery of Hang Son Doong Cave, the world's largest cave
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Uvs Nuur BasinWildlife, inland salt lake, Steppe, Forest
Wrangel IslandArctic + Polar Bears
Koguryo KingdomIconic example of step pyramid shaped tomb architecture, tomb murals are exquisite.
Grimeton Radio Stationfor how we started "communicating" wirelessly
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Bam Cultural Landscape
Kii Mountain Rangefor its Shinto pilgrimage route
Orkhon Valleyshowcases Mongolia's nomadic history and culture
Berat and Gjirokastraone of the best examples of Ottoman architecture
SoltaniyehRepresenting important stages in Islamic architecture (for its dome/cupola)
MacaoColonial architecture in a Chinese setting
MostarFor its bridge
Osun-Osogboto represent the Yoruba cultural traditions
Plantin-Moretus Museumfor its importance in printing
Shiretoko
Dong PhayayenSoutheast Asian forest home to elephants, tigers, leopard cats, and the Siamese crocodile
Biblical Tellsfor water management in the desert, representatives of their cultures/period and the cultural role of "Armageddon"
Yin Xuimportant for the origins / development of Chinese writing
Centennial Hallimportant in terms of modern architecture and sporting events
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscapefor its picturesque remains in the landscape, impact on mining technique worldwide
Tequilaagave-growing region of central Mexico where tequila is distilled
Jejufor its Lava Tubes
Lavaux, Vineyard Terracesbeautiful Swiss vineyard terraces on the shores of Lake Geneva
RichtersveldGreat example of current nomadic lifestyle
Central University City Campus of the UNAMfor its modernist architecture, murals, and status as an active campus
Lopé-Okandahome to the western lowland gorilla
Rainforests of the Atsinananahighlights wildlife endemic to Madagascar, including lemurs
Mijikenda Kaya Forests
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardonafor the overthrust
Kuka bit niche, but is about agriculture & only representation of PNG on the list
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere ReserveSpectacular butterfly migration
Fortifications of Vaubanquintessential site for European fortress building
Socotra Archipelagooutstanding endemic flora and fauna on this island group near the Arabian Peninsula
Lagoons of New Caledonia
Chief Roi Mata's Domainto represent Pacific customs
Wadden Sea
Dolomites
Mount WutaiChinese sacred mountain
Shushtarstunning, dates from the 3rd century and "It bears witness to the know-how of the Elamites and Mesopotamians as well as more recent Nabatean expertise and Roman building influence."
Royal Joseon TombsNot only a living tradition of ancestral worship, most complete dynastic burial remains in East Asia
Yagul and Mitla
Phoenix Islands
DengfengChinese monuments, including the Songyang Academy of Classical Learning, at the base of a sacred mountain
Putorana Plateau
Ardabilshrine of a prominent Sufi master; represents Sufism
Pitons of Reunionvolcanic plugs
China Danxiarepresents a unique type of landscapes: the Danxia landform
Ancient villages of Northern Syrianot only highlights the transition from the Roman period to early Christianity, but also show how conflicts put cultural treasures in danger
Konsodry stone terraces still in use by the Konso people of Ethiopia
Ningaloo Coast
Ogasawara Islands
Lena Pillarsunique example of a frost-derived karst
Lakes of Ouniangaunique series of freshwater lakes in the desert
Rio de Janeiroiconic landscape in South America, with the natural setting retained and incorporated into the growth of the city
Western Ghatsrich in biodiversity on the Indian subcontinent
Grand-BassamSub-Saharan colonial architecture
Chengjiang Fossil Site
Sangha Trinationalfor the Congo basin
Bassari Country
Hani Rice Terraces
Golestan Palace
Mount Etnathe definitive volcano
Great Himalayan National ParkW Himalayan flora and fauna
Pergamonhighlights a city at a crossroads between cultures, with ruins from Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods of history
Bursa and CumalikizikOttoman Mixture of Mosques, Tombs, Khans and "Kulliyes".
Poverty Pointto represent the Mississipi culture, important representation of a hunter-gatherer society
Rjukan / Notoddenshowcases the 20th century power industry through the harnessing of waterfalls and rivers for hydroelectric power
Blue and John Crow Mountainsfor the remnants of a society of escaped slaves.
Climats, terroirs of Burgundyvineyard CL with good architecture
Forth Bridge
Fray Bentosto represent the worldwide impact of industrialisation/trade
Arab-Norman Palermorepresenting Kingdom of Sicily & Normans
Singapore Botanic Gardens tropical colonial botanic garden, with research into tropical botany and horticulture
Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial RevolutionGives you a feeling how backwards Japan was and how much catching up they did in the 1900s.

Other sites
Simien National Park
Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
Stari Ras and Sopocani
Kotor
Boyana Church
Ohrid Region
Medina of Tunis
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
Split
Vézelay
Madara Rider
Independence Hall
Röros
Ichkeul National Park
Valletta
Durmitor National Park
Bosra
Takht-i-Bahi
Paphos
Portobelo-San Lorenzo
Garamba National Park
Lower Valley of the Omo
Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad
Tiya
Würzburg Residence
Niokolo-Koba National Park
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
Mount Nimba
Arles
Makli, Thatta
Quirigua
Orange
Lord Howe Island
Tassili n'Ajjer
Cyrene
Djémila
Taï National Park
Sabratha
Olinda
Polonnaruva
Timgad
Tipasa
Old Havana
Great Smoky Mountains
Comoé National Park
Convent of Christ in Tomar
Nessebar
La Fortaleza
Wood Buffalo National Park
Gulf of Porto
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves
Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
Sangay National Park
Monastery of Batalha
Old City of Berne
Srebarna Nature Reserve
Benedictine Convent of St. John
Nancy
Angra do Heroismo
Abbey of St Gall
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
Chitwan National Park
Byblos
Cordoba
Anjar
Burgos Cathedral
Mana Pools
Salonga National Park
Tyre
Avila
Asturian Monuments
Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
Congonhas
Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Kerkuane
Quseir Amra
Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
Bagerhat
Gondwana Rainforests
Garajonay
Studley Royal Park
Khami Ruins
Caceres
Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
Studenica Monastery
Elephanta Caves
Sian Ka'an
Manu National Park
Gros Morne National Park
Hollókö
Kandy
Henderson Island
Strasbourg
Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
Evora
Lima
Sinharaja Forest
Medina of Sousse
Xanthos-Letoon
Old Town of Galle
Epidaurus
Tower of London
Monastery of Alcobaça
Tongariro National Park
Delos
Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng
Drottningholm
Island of Mozambique
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Old Rauma
Reims
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Morelia
Danube Delta
Sucre
Poblet Monastery
Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
Ban Chiang
Butrint
Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
Zamosc
Bourges Cathedral
Solovetsky Islands
Kasbah of Algiers
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
Birka and Hovgarden
Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
Santa Maria de Guadelupe
Monastery of Horezu
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
Joya de Ceren
Coro and its Port
Villages with Fortified Churches
Spissky Hrad & Levoca
Banska Stiavnica
Zacatecas
Yakushima
Zabid
Humayun's Tomb
Shirakami-Sanchi
Mérida
Engelsberg Ironworks
Maulbronn Monastery
Horyu-ji Area
Vlkolinec
Donana National Park
Vilnius
Vicenza
Rwenzori Mountains
Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
Quedlinburg
Rock Carvings in Tanum
Petäjävesi Old Church
Skogskyrkogarden
Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery
Popocatepetl monasteries
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
City of Luxembourg
Jelling
Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
Schokland
Crespi d'Adda
Visby
Santa Cruz de Mompox
Haeinsa Temple
Roskilde Cathedral
Avignon
Jongmyo Shrine
Colonia del Sacramento
Virgin Komi Forests
Ancient ksours
Meknes
Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
Gammelstad
Defence Line of Amsterdam
W National Park of Niger
Cuenca
Oporto
Haghpat and Sanahin
Querétaro
Pienza
Canal du Midi
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
La Lonja de la Seda
Pannonhalma
Sangiran Early Man Site
Las Medulas
Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
Volubilis
Rohtas Fort
Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
Dougga/Thugga
Hospicio Cabañas
Panamá
Lake Turkana
Medina of Tétouan
Morne Trois Pitons
Modena
Cocos Island
Trogir
Yuso and Suso Monasteries
Hwaseong Fortress
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Su Nuraxi di Barumini
Macquarie Island
São Luis
Torun
Botanical Garden, Padua
Choirokoitia
Holasovice
Semmering Railway
Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
L'viv
Golden Mountains of Altai
Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
Urbino
Aquileia
Tlacotalpan
El Fuerte de Samaipata
Coa Valley and Siega Verde
Classical Weimar
Paquimé
Lyon
The Four Lifts
Karlskrona
Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
Alcala de Henares
My Son
Belfries
Guanacaste
Graz
Xochicalco
Litomysl Castle
Diamantina
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
Mount Wuyi
Beemster Polder
Island of Patmos
Desembarco del Granma National Park
Dacian Fortresses
Miguasha Park
Discovery Coast
Sighisoara
Western Caucasus
Robben Island
Hortobágy
Saint-Emilion
Sammallahdenmäki
Ibiza
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Campeche
Atlantic Forest South-East
Bardejov Town
Palmeral of Elche
Xidi and Hongcun
Holy Trinity Column
Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
Curonian Spit
Southern Öland
Roman Walls of Lugo
Monastery of Geghard
Arequipa
Kronborg Castle
Maloti Drakensberg
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
Kazan Kremlin
Imperial Tombs
Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
Ruins of León Viejo
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
Reichenau
Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
Island of Saint-Louis
Verona
St. George, Bermuda
Land of Frankincense
Atapuerca
Shakhrisyabz
Mir Castle
Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
Walled City of Baku
Tarraco
Ferapontov Monastery
Bellinzone
Gusuku of Ryukyu
Fertö/Neusiedlersee
Goias
Guimarães
Old City of Acre
Dorset and East Devon Coast
Lamu Old Town
Provins
Central Sikhote-Alin
Saltaire
Medina of Essaouira
Aranjuez
Stralsund and Wismar
Calakmul
Tokaji Wine Region
Kunta Kinteh Island
Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
Derbent
Úbeda and Baeza
Takht-e Soleyman
Valparaiso
Monte San Giorgio
Mapungubwe
Ashur
Trebic
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Bamiyan Valley
Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
Gebel Barkal
Matobo Hills
Val d'Orcia
Um er-Rasas
Novodevichy Convent
Muskauer Park
Pasargadae
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
Mazagan
Luis Barragán House and Studio
Koguryo Tombs
Champaner-Pavagadh
Tomb of Askia
Pitons Management Area
Royal Exhibition Building
Kernavë Archeological Site
Tamgaly
Liverpool
Vegaøyan
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
Syracuse
Le Havre
Struve Geodetic Arc
Coiba National Park
Qal'at al-Bahrain
Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
Cienfuegos
Wadi Al-Hitan
Kunya-Urgench
Yaroslavl
Nesvizh
Incense Route of the Negev
Aflaj irrigation system
Aapravasi Ghat
Kondoa
Regensburg
Stone Circles of Senegambia
Bisotun
Genoa
Sewell Mining Town
Harar
Chongoni Rock Art
Vizcaya Bridge
Malpelo
Gamzigrad-Romuliana
Gobustan Rock Art
Bordeaux
Primeval Beech Forests
Rideau Canal
Corfu
Red Fort
Nisa
Mehmed Paša Sokolovic Bridge
Kaiping Diaolou
Twyfelfontein
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
Camagüey
Stari Grad Plain
Mount Sanqingshan
Preah Vihear Temple
Rhaetian Railway
Mantua and Sabbioneta
Surtsey
Le Morne
Saryarka
Armenian Monastic Ensembles
San Miguel de Allende
Bahá’i Holy Places
Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
Al-Hijr
San Marino and Mount Titano
Ruins of Loropéni
Stoclet House
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
Tower of Hercules
Cidade Velha
Sulaiman-Too
La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
Bikini Atoll
Australian Convict Sites
Hahoe and Yangdong
Sarazm
Papahanaumokuakea
Tabriz Bazaar
Central Highlands
Albi
Thang Long
Camino Real
São Francisco Square
Saloum Delta
Hiraizumi
Al Ain
Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
Bridgetown
Serra de Tramuntana
Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
Causses and Cévennes
León Cathedral
Fagus Factory
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
Fort Jesus
Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai
Longobards in Italy
Masjed-e Jâme'
Pearling
Mount Carmel Caves
Heritage of Mercury
Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
Margravial Opera House
Lenggong Valley
Gonbad-e Qâbus
Site of Xanadu
Rabat
Mining Sites of Wallonia
Elvas
Grand Pré
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
Al Zubarah
Kaesong
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
Fujisan
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
Xinjiang Tianshan
University of Coimbra
Agadez
Tauric Chersonese
Levuka
Tajik National Park
Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
Corvey
Stone Spheres of the Diquís
Pyu Ancient Cities
Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
Erbil Citadel
Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
Rani-ki-Vav
Shahr-i Sokhta
Trang An
Van Nellefabriek
Mount Hamiguitan
Battir
Tomioka Silk Mill
Namhansanseong
Stevns Klint
Bolgar
Par force hunting landscape
Baekje Historic Areas
Ephesus
Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens
Maymand
Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
San Antonio Missions
Tusi Sites
Susa
Champagne
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
Christiansfeld
Necropolis of Bet She'arim
Rock Art in the Hail Region
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain

How we compiled this List

During the months of December 2015 and January 2016, the self-appointed "experts" in WHS discussed what we regarded as being the most valuable ones out of the 1031 inscribed WHS. Consider the mythical "little green man" asking us Earthlings to tell it which, of all the places on Earth which we have inscribed on this thing called the "World Heritage List", are most important to us to be preserved?

We looked at the WHS from the angle of 'Categories', so we could compare them easily with their peers. We split them in Definitely (all or most agree), Maybe (some arguments in favour) and No (one or noone in favour). See the WHS Top 200 Subforum for all deliberations. All 1031 WHS are covered. There are 220 sites with a 'Yes', 324 with a Maybe and 487 with a No.