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World Heritage Sites

A World Heritage Site is a landmark which has been officially recognized by the United Nations, specifically by UNESCO. Sites are selected on the basis of having cultural, historical, scientific or some other form of significance, and they are legally protected by international treaties. UNESCO regards these sites as being important to the collective interests of humanity.
More specifically, a World Heritage Site is an already classified landmark on the earth, which by way of being unique in some respect as a geographically and historically identifiable piece is of special cultural or physical significance (such as either due to hosting an ancient ruins or some historical structure, building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake, monument, or mountain) and symbolizes a remarkable footprint of extreme human endeavour often coupled with some act of indisputable accomplishment of humanity which then serves as a surviving evidence of its intellectual existence on the planet.

As of July 2016, 1052 sites were listed. These are the few that I've visited, as of 2016, with more yet to load.

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Archaeological Site of Volubilis The Potala Eiffel Tower Night Il Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore Sukhothai
The Entire Village of Luang Prabang Village Luang Prabang Historic Center of Florence Stables City of Meknes Taj Mahal
Angkor Wat Ha Long Bay Historic Florence Medina of Essaouria The Potala
The Cinque Terra Wat Xieng Thong The Grand Canyon Val d'Orcia Florence, Italy
Forbidden City The Cultural Landscapes of Bali Temple of the Dawn Yosemite Valley Grand Canal
Bodnath Gondola on the Canals The Cultural Landscapes of Bali Gathering Alms Kathmandu Valley
The Acropolis Bagan Ruins Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida) Summer Palace Prayers at Bodnath
Taos Pueblo In The Ruins of Bagan Angkor Wat San GeronimoCapel Mazagan Cistern
Bali's Cultural Landscapes Historic Thai Capitol Olympic National Park The Acropolis Karst of Southern China
The Great Wall The Cultural Landscapes of Bali Forbidden City The Old Town of Lijiang Val d' Orcia
Guard Station on The Great Wall The Grand Canyon