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