UNESCO World Heritage Sites From Above

There are more than 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world and they come in all shapes and sizes. Today, we’re taking a look at some of these incredible places from above. From ancient ruins to natural wonders, these are just a few of the amazing sites that you can see from the sky.

UNESCO World Heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded in 1945 with the goal of promoting peace and security by providing educational, scientific, and cultural exchange programs. One of the ways UNESCO fulfills this mission is by designating World Heritage sites. These are places of “outstanding universal value” that warrant protection for future generations.

As of 2021, there are 1,121 World Heritage sites in 167 countries. Italy is home to the most World Heritage sites, with 55 places on the list. These include ancient ruins like Pompeii and the leaning tower of Pisa, as well as natural wonders like the Amalfi Coast and Mount Vesuvius. UNESCO’s World Heritage program helps to preserve some of the world’s most treasured places for future generations to enjoy.


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The Aerial Pictures Collection

Many of the world’s most famous landmarks can be seen from above, and there are plenty of aerial photographers out there to capture them. The Overview,  Maxar technologies, Digital Globe, and Planet Labs are examples, among others. These websites feature a curated collection of stunning aerial photographs from UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world. The collection of aerial photos is a great opportunity to discover new places and revisit old favorites. From the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Grand Canyon to the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, the photos offer a bird’s-eye view of some of the most incredible places on Earth.

Marrakesh

UNESCO has designated the city a World Heritage Site, and its rich history and culture are on display at every turn. The city’s ancient Medina is a labyrinth of narrow streets and bustling souks, where locals sell everything from spices to hand-woven carpets. The iconic Djemaa el-Fna square is home to snake charmers, acrobats, and storytellers, and the city’s many mosques and madrassas are architectural wonders.

Marrakesh
Photo: Maxar technologies

Great Pyramids of Giza

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of the Great Pyramids of Giza is one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world. Situated just outside of Cairo, the complex includes the three famous pyramids as well as the Sphinx and a number of smaller structures. Although there are over 100 known Egyptian pyramids, the Great Pyramids are by far the most well-preserved and impressive.

Great Pyramids Of Giza
Photo: Digital Globe

Arles Amphitheater

The Arles Amphitheater is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the south of France. Built-in the first century AD, it is one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in Europe. The Amphitheater was used for gladiatorial games and public executions, and could seat up to 20,000 spectators.

Arles Amphitheater
(Photo: Lucas Miguel)

Brasilia

The capital of Brazil, Brasilia, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1960. It is known for its modernist architecture, which includes the Palacio da Alvorada (the presidential palace) and the Cathedral of Brasilia. The city also houses the National Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Presidential Palace. In addition to its political significance, Brasilia is also a cultural center, with museums, theaters, and a variety of restaurants and bars.

Brasilia
Brasilia (Photo: Digital Globe)

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to two of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks: Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). The park is located in the Northern Territory and covers an area of over 1,300 square kilometers. UNESCO has declared the park a World Heritage Site due to its outstanding natural beauty and cultural significance. The park is home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal life, as well as a rich Aboriginal heritage.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Ayers Rock (Photo: Maxar technologies)

Mount Etna

Mount Etna is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. It is the tallest mountain in the country and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Mount Etna is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The volcano has been erupting for over 500,000 years and is still active today. Lava flows from Mount Etna have created some of the most fertile soils in Europe, which are used to grow olives, grapes, and other crops. The mountain is also home to a unique ecosystem that includes several endangered species.

Mount-Etna
Photo: Planet Labs
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