20 Most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites

11.) Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, PalauRock Islands Southern Lagoon covers 100,200 ha and includes 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin. Many of them display unique mushroom-like shapes in turquoise lagoons surrounded by coral reefs. The aesthetic beauty of the site is heightened by a complex reef system featuring over 385 coral species and different types of habitat.

12.) Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

Socotra Archipelago, YemenSocotra, also spelled Soqotra, is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean. The largest island, also called Socotra, is about 95% of the landmass of the archipelago. Located some 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula, the island is very isolated and a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. It has been described as “the most alien-looking place on Earth”.

13.) St. Kilda, Scotland

stkildascotlandSt Kilda is an isolated archipelago 64 kilometres west-northwest of North Uist in the North Atlantic Ocean. It contains the westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

14.) “Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, IndiaThe Taj Mahal, from Persian and Arabic, “crown of palaces”, is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the worldly remains of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River.

15.) The Amsterdam Canal District

The Amsterdam Canal DistrictThe historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht.

16.) The Rideau Canal, Canada

The Rideau Canal, CanadaThe Rideau Canal, also known unofficially as the Rideau Waterway, connects the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, Ontario, on Lake Ontario. It is 202 kilometres in length.

17.) “Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park, New ZealandThe oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island.

18.) The Wadden Sea & Wetlands

Wadden SeaThe Wadden Sea is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea. It lies between the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the range of Frisian Islands, forming a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands.

19.) Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor, CambodiaAngkor was built in the first half of the 12th century. Estimated construction time of the Wat temple alone is 30 years by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu), replica of Angkor Thom style of art. Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, later a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world.

20.) Bryggen, Norway

Bryggen, NorwayBryggen (Norwegian for the Wharf), also known as Tyskebryggen (the German Wharf), is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway. The city of Bergen was founded around 1070 within the original boundaries of Tyskebryggen.