All those globetrotters and history enthusiasts who are itching to explore a new heritage site, but can’t because of the lockdown amidst COVID-19, we have news for you! It’s time to tune into Google Earth, as it will take you to the bygone era with its virtual tour of 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. By Tanvi Jain
1. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the oldest of the seven wonders of the world, and the only to remain intact to date.
2. The Taj Mahal in Agra is an ivory-white mausoleum from the 17th-century Mughal era.
3. The Sagrada Familia Catholic church in Barcelona showcases a stunning combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture.
4. The Towers of Angkor Wat in Cambodia which were built in the 12th century, are one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed.
5. The Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and was built over the remains of the Spanish city.
6. The Dolomites are one of the world’s most beautiful monumental mountain range in northeastern Italy.
7. Borobudur Temple in Java, Indonesia, is the largest Buddhist relic built between 780-840 AD, by the Sailendra Dynasty.
8. The Prambanan Temple in Indonesia is the largest Hindu temple compound built in the 10th century.
9. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is the only structure that remained intact after the 1945 atomic bomb explosion.
10. Itsukushima Shrine in Japan is a Shinto shrine designed to look like its floating above the water.
11. Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto symbolises the power and status of the former shogunate and is one of Japan’s best surviving examples from the feudal era.
12. Tenryuji Temple located in Arashiyama is spanned by Togetsu-Kyo (Rising Moon Bridge) and is one of the Five Great Zen temples of Kyoto.
13. Nishi Honganji Temple‘s Karamon gate is a designated national treasure, belonging to the Momoyama Period.
14. Himeji Jo Castle’s white appearance makes it Japan’s most spectacular castle.
15. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London has the largest living collection of plants and fungi.
16. The Great Sphinx of Giza houses the 4,500-year-old half lion half human statue of mythical creature Sphinx.
17. The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France.
18. Pompei, home to ancient Roman ruins is overlooked by the active volcano at Vesuvius.
19. Mill Network at Kinderdijk Elshout in the Netherlands houses hydraulic work from the Middle Ages, running even today.
20. Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, takes you to the era of your Neolithic ancestors.
21. La Alhambra in Andalusia, Spain, is a ninth-century palace and fortress, which was named after its reddish walls.
22. The Pawon Temple in Java, Indonesia, is a Buddhist temple located between two other Buddhist temples – Borobudur Temple and Mendut Temple.
23. The Church of Peace in Swidnica, Poland, has been laid out in the form of a cross and doesn’t contain even a single nail.
24. St. Michael’s Archangel Church in Binarowa, Poland, is a wooden Gothic church built-in 1500.
25. The Monastery of San Millán de Yuso in Spain houses 18th-century frescoes, and a library containing over 300 documents from the 11th and 15th centuries.
26. Jasovská Cave in Slovakia, one of the most important caves of the Slovak Karst National Park, is known for its rich calcite flowstone fill and remarkable rocky shapes.
27. Sangiran Early Man Site in Java, Indonesia is one of the key sites for the understanding of human evolution.
28. The Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, represents an epitome of the growth of Russian architecture.
29. Domica Cave in Jasov, Slovakia, is the longest cave of the Slovak Karst National Park, containing evidence of humans from Paleolithic era.
30. The Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland, has been recognised as one of the greatest architectonic achievements of the 20th century.
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