Posted on 05/01/2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island are not only magical and mythical but mysteriously not on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Made up of as many as 1,700 conical hills which protrude from the earthy vegetation of Bohol Island, this site is a true wonder of the natural world. We would certainly describe it as being of outstanding natural importance which would definitely benefit from World Heritage status!
Stockholm is already home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, but for some reason the vibrant city of Gamla Stan isn't one of them. Gamla Stan is one of the best preserved medieval cities within Europe, boasting beautiful churches, quaint cobbled streets and of course the bright and colorful architecture. There has recently been a fair bit of discussion regarding the potential status of this historical hub as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so let's keep our fingers crossed!
When you think of Peru in terms of World Heritage Sites, your mind will automatically wander to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, but there are many other Peruvian landmarks which (although less well-known), are strong contenders for World Heritage status. For example the ancient ruins of Huaca Pucllana in Lima. This sacred site holds a wealth of history beneath its brick pyramid structure and without doubt deserves to be recognized on a global scale.
You may find it surprising that Paris has only one UNESCO World Heritage Site, the banks of the River Seine, especially since the French capital is a city renowned for outstanding architecture and design. With that in mind, we are questioning why the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur is not listed by UNESCO. This majestic edifice completed in 1914 holds enormous religious, cultural and historical significance, surely worth being part of UNESCO's World Heritage Site community.
London is a capital city which oozes history and culture, particularly in the form of its World Heritage Sites which include the Tower of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. However one site which is noticeably absent from UNESCO's list is Hampton Court Palace, just south of London. Today Hampton Court serves as a historical education center dedicated to Tudor history and the reign of the infamous Henry VIII who resided there during the 16th century. We firmly believe this historic venue deserves World Heritage status!