What Is World Heritage
World Heritage Sites or UNESCO sites are places around the globe which have some special cultural or physical significance to the world. Currently there are almost 1000 World Heritage sites around the world. Some of the most well known and significant of which include:
Great Barrier Reef
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
Brazilian Atlantic Islands
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Painted Churches in the Troodos Region
Historic Centre of Naples
Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda
Mammoth Cave National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Each of these sites and over 900 sites located worldwide pose offer some sort of impact on the world and its citizens.
World Heritage sites are allowed protection and preservation by the UNESCO World Heritage Community in order to ensure that that will be here to offer the same wonderful opportunities for generations to come.
How Did UNESCO Begin
UNESCO began over 50 years ago in response to a project that was scheduled to take place in Egypt. It was slated to flood an area which offered significance to the world today for its historical treasures located there. A campaign was launched to protect the area and UNESCO was born. Several other sites over the next few years were protected from destruction leading UNESCO to become the guardian for sites of cultural importance around the globe. Today, dozens of sites of cultural importance are added each year.
Exploring sites of historical significance is a wonderful way to explore the world around you. Whether you choose to visit a UNESCO site or an area near to you that offers its own significance to the world around you, Bill Bailey would like to encourage you to simply explore the world around you.
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