World Heritage Sites that are included in the special list of UNESCO, represent a great interest for the entire population of the planet. The unique natural and cultural sites make it possible to preserve the unique natural landscapes and man-made monuments that demonstrate the richness of nature and creativity of the human mind. State in which there are World Heritage sites, are committed to their preservation.
As of July 1, 2012 in the list of World Heritage sites - 936 sites in 148 countries: individual monuments and ensembles, cities, archaeological reserves, national parks and others. We invite you to look at some of the sites from this huge list. In the photo: One of the sites of the archaeological complex of Madain Salih.
Another part of the complex Madain Salih. The complex includes 111 rock tombs (I century BC. E. - I century BC), and a system of waterworks, dedicated to the ancient Nabataean city of Hegra, which is a center of caravan trade. Also, there are about 50 inscriptions in rocks belonging to donabateyskomu period. This complex, located in northern Saudi Arabia has been added to UNESCO World Heritage List July 6, 2008.
Longmen Grottoes Tourists visit ("Drakensberg Gate"), one of the three major cave-temples of ensembles of China. Located near the city of Luoyang in China's Henan Province. After transferring to the 494 residences of the rulers of the dynasty of Wei, here, outside the new town, sandstone cliffs arose the Buddhist cave monastery. For four centuries, artisans carved in the caves of Longmen more and more statues and reliefs.
Longmen Grotto have over 2300 caves, 110,000 Buddhist images, more than 80 Buddhist mausoleums, containing relics of Buddha, as well as the 2800 inscriptions on the rocks near the river Ishuy length of a kilometer. A 17-foot Buddha statue at the entrance to the cave Fensyansy looks especially majestic.
Bayon Temple (Prasat Bayon) in Cambodia - a temple complex in the center of the region of Angkor Thom, built in honor of Jayavarman VII. The temple has three levels and surrounded by three walls. Most of the decoration of the temple - the image of everyday life and everyday Rouge.
Bayon Temple is famous for its many giant stone faces. In the region of Angkor temples there are more than 1000, which range from nondescript piles of brick and rubble scattered among the rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, which is considered the world's largest single religious monument. Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored. Every year they are visited by more than one million tourists.
Mysterious Stonehenge megalithic stone structure, consisting of 150 huge stones, and is located on Salisbury Plain in the English county of Wiltshire.
This ancient monument is believed to have been built in 3000 BC Stonehenge was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1986.
When Stonehenge was first opened to the public, it was possible to walk from kmney and even climb on them with the help of ropes. But since 1977 due to serious erosion of the stones began to crumble, and visitors are no longer allowed to touch the stones, but it is possible to see the monument to close a short distance. In order to touch the stones, visitors must make a special request for access within a year.
"Solitario George" (Lonely George), the last living giant tortoise of this species lives in the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador. George was found on Pinta Island (a small island in the north of the archipelago, also known as Abingdon) in 1972. Named after the American actor George Gobel. According to various estimates, George is now 60 to 90 years old. Theoretically, this kind of turtles are able to maintain the ability to reproduce at the age of 200 years.
In May 2007, after the genetic analysis of the 2000 turtles were found females that are genetically similar to George, which is a hybrid and has a paternal kinsman, George, and then hope for the continuation of the species. George is often called the world's most famous bachelor.
Falls "Garganta del Diablo" "Devil's Throat" are located in the Iguazu National Park in the Argentine province of Misiones. Depending on the level of water in the river Iguazu, the park is from 160 to 260 waterfalls, and over 2,000 species of plants and 400 species of birds . Iguazu National Park was included in the List of World Heritage in 1984. (Christian Rizzi / AFP - Getty Images)
Tourists walk in Bafang Pavilion at the Summer Palace, the famous classic imperial garden in Beijing. Summer Palace, built in 1750 was demolished in 1860 and restored in 1886. He was included in the List of World Heritage in 1998. (China Photos / Getty Images)
Statue of Liberty (Full name - Liberty, illuminating the world, Liberty Enlightening the World) - one of the most famous sculptures in the U.S. and around the world, often called "the symbol of New York and the U.S.", "symbol of freedom and democracy", "Lady Liberty" . This is a gift to the centenary of the French citizens of the American Revolution.
Statue of Liberty at sunset in New York. "Lady Liberty" stands at the entrance to the harbor of New York. She was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1984. (Seth Wenig / AP)
People skate on the ice in the channels of mills of Kinderdijk, inscribed on the List of World Heritage sites by UNESCO, and is located near Rotterdam. In nahoditsyakrupneyshaya Kinderdijk in the Netherlands, a collection of historic windmills in addition, this region is one of the main attractions in South Holland. (Peter Dejong / AP)
Glacier Perito Moreno National Park, located in Los Glaciares National Park, in south-eastern Argentine province of Santa Cruz. This place was listed as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. The glacier is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the Argentine side of Patagonia, and the 3rd largest glacier in the world after Antarctica and Greenland.
Glacier Perito Moreno Glacier - one of three neotstupayuschih glaciers of Patagonia. Periodically the glacier begins at the curved T-shaped Lake Argentino, reaching the opposite bank, and creating a natural dam which separates the lake into two parts. Losing the runoff water in the southern part of the lake can rise up to 30 meters above the ground level of the lake. Enormous pressure of the water volume resulting from breaking the ice barrier holding it, which is a very entertaining event. The cycle of formation and breaking of the dam is irregular and is repeated with varying frequency - from once a year to less than once a decade.
Terraced gardens in the northern Israeli city of Haifa is surrounded by golden-domed Shrine of the Bab, the founder of the Baha'i faith. There is a global administrative and spiritual center of the Baha'i religion, which is the number of practicing around the world less than six million. This place has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO July 8, 2008. (David Silverman / Getty Images)
St. Peter's Square at the Vatican - an enormous area in the form of two symmetrical half-circles, broken in front of the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome, Bernini's project in the 1656-67 years. Here crowds of the faithful gather to listen to the pontiff. In 1930, Mussolini paved from the center of Rome in the area of â€‹â€‹the wide street of Reconciliation.
According to the website of World Heritage, within the limits of this small state is a unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces. The Vatican has been included in the List of World Heritage in 1984.
Petra - an ancient city, capital of Idumea, and later the capital of the Nabataean kingdom. Located in Jordan, at an altitude of 900 m above sea level and 660 m above the surrounding terrain, Arava Valley, in a narrow canyon, Sic. Fully in caves hollowed out of sandstone.
Peter has been listed as World Heritage Site in 1985. In 2007 she was elected as one of seven new "wonders of the world."