50 Amazing Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites

From Buddhist temples to Knights Templar initiation sites to ancient dwelling places, these sites cover six of the seven continents and include modern wonders as well as artifacts from antiquity.

Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt

The Karnak Temple Complex, which was developed over the course of more than 1,000 years, was once considered the largest and most important religious complex in Egypt.

Composed of temples, palaces, terraces, monuments, complexes, and water channels, the citadel receives over 1.5 million visitors each year.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Their cottony appearance (the word Pamukkale literally means “cotton castle”) is caused by the high levels of calcium carbonate in the mineral water.

Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Turkey

In the centuries since, several movies have been filmed on the castle’s grounds, including, “Dragonheart,” “The Lion in Winter,” and “The Last Legion.”

Spiš Castle,  Slovakia

Potala Palace in Tibet

For hundreds of years, the palace was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and, as a result, is an important location in the history and development of Tibetan Buddhism.

Built in the first century BC, archaeologists believe the intricately decorated building served as either a temple or a place to store documents.

Petra, Jordan

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