#DreamsEscapes: once #CoronaBeGone, make sure to tick these must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites off your bucket list. By Upasana Singh

1. Golestan Palace, Iran

 

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One of the oldest historic monuments in Tehran, and once home to the Qajar dynasty, the Golestan Palace is a huge complex that consists of 17 structures, including palaces, museums, halls and gardens. Here you can glance at the amazing collection of Iranian crafts and European presents from the 18th and 19th centuries. With beautifully-adorned paintings, marble carvings, tile work, lattice windows and mirrors, this palace is a must-see on your next visit to Iran.

2. Medici Villas and Gardens, Italy

 

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Between the 15th and 17th century, the Medici villas were owned by the Medici family. A series of rural buildings, the villas and the adjoining gardens exhibit the power and wealth of their erstwhile owners. Twelve villas and two gardens exhibit this Tuscan countryside like nothing you have ever seen before. This site is known for its rich European heritage that combines the natural environment with man-made art.

3. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Germany

 

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This landscape park in Kassel, Germany showcases the Hercules monument atop the Karlsberg mountain. The original Baroque and French formal garden design has been replaced with the English style landscape, with water running downhill to Schloss Wilhelmshöhe — a Neoclassical palace. The park is known for the picturesque movement of water, including a 350-metre long Grand Cascade and a 50-metre high Grand Fountain.

4. Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, Qatar

 

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The walled coastal town of Al Zubarah was laid on ruins followed by its destruction in 1811, and late complete abandonment in the 1900s. Founded by merchants from Kuwait, Al Zubarah had trading links across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Western Asia. Now, a significant archaeological site, this place is an example of one of the most preserved settlements in the region. If you are fascinated by history and remnants of the bygone era, this is the place to be.

5. Levuka Historical Port Town, Fiji

 

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Levuka, the former capital of Fiji, is set amongst the coconut and mango trees along the beach. With quaint European warehouses, stores, residences and religious institutions, this place is one of the few remaining colonial port towns in the country. If you plan to visit the island, this picturesque destination will definitely qualify as the highlight of your trip.

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