Currently UNESCO has a list of over 1000 World Heritage Sites. The organization catalogues sites of outstanding cultural, historical and natural importance in order to preserve and celebrate our global heritage. Iconic UNESCO landmarks include the Taj Mahal, the Moaï of Easter Island and the Italian city of Florence to name but a few. However there are quite a number of places that surprisingly haven't made the cut. We've compiled a list of 10 incredible sites that definitely deserve the UNESCO World Heritage status.
Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery - Germany
The memorial site for the Berlin Wall is incredibly poignant as it both serves as a reminder of the conflict and division of the past and looks towards a more positive future. In addition, the East Side Gallery which is the longest open-air gallery in the world is symbolic of international freedom of expression. If you ask us, what these two sites stand for as well as what they commemorate should make them worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status.
Laas Geel Rock Art Site - Somaliland
Despite being one of the most ancient and intriguing historical sites in Africa, Laas Geel Rock Art Site in Somaliland has failed to make the official UNESCO World Heritage Site list. This is surprising given its rich ritual and historical significance which gives us a rare insight into the heritage and culture of those who have come long before us. World Heritage status for this incredible site should by all means be granted first and foremost to protect and preserve the legacy of Somaliland.
Golden Gate Bridge - United States of America
Few architectural feats are as iconic as San Francisco's majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Not only is it visually awe-inspiring but it's also historically significant as its construction generated a big boost in employment during America's Great Depression. If the Golden Gate Bridge were to be granted UNESCO World Heritage status it would be a reaffirmation of how truly inspiring this marvel of engineering is.
Snowdonia National Park - Wales
Anyone who has been to Snowdonia National Park will be equally bewildered as to why it is not already one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Located in North West Wales, the park is a natural paradise which attracts thousands of tourists each year to breathe in the fresh Welsh air and admire the panoramic scenery. This natural haven could surely benefit from the preservation that comes with a UNESCO World Heritage Site title!
Shwedagon Pagoda - Burma
Currently the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda does not form part of UNESCO's World Heritage list, but it may well be on there soon thanks to the nomination put forward by the country's government. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a site of extreme cultural significance as well as awe-inspiring beauty and is also believed to be one of the oldest Buddhist temples worldwide, well deserving of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status we think!