The World Heritage List is a list of sites and destinations of extra importance, chosen by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value.

Below is a descriptive index of World Heritage Sites, provided so far by Worldsiteguides.com. Please note this list is far from comprehensive; more great sites are getting added each month! You can also view these sites on our interactive map by checking out our World Heritage map!

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Castel Sant’Angelo history The beautiful Castel Sant’Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, has a fascinating history. The latter name derives from its founder; the roman emperor…

Parc Güell history Parc Güell, built between 1900 and 1914, was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site. The idea behind the site came from Count Eusebi…

Casa Milà history Casa Milà was commissioned as a residence by Pedro Milà. He was a wealthy businessman who had been enchanted by one of Gaudi’s previous buildings;…

Sagrada Familia history The initiative to build a new grand church came from the bookseller and chairman of the Holy Brotherhood, José Maria Bocabella, in the mid 19th…

Casa Batlló history The wonderfully strange house that is Casa Batlló was originally built between year 1875 and 1877. In the early 20th century, the house was bought…

Leaning Tower of Pisa history The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built as a part of Piazza dei Miracolli and is the piazza’s third oldest structure, after the…

Pisa Baptistery history The baptistery was the second building to be constructed in the Piazza dei Miracoli, after the Duomo Cathedral but before the tower It was built to be a worthy addition…

Pisa Cathedral history The construction of Pisa cathedral, also known as Duomo di Pisa, began in 1063 under the architect Buscheto. This man was also the founder of…

Camposanto history The Camposanto has a very long and intriguing history. The Camposanto is said to have been built around a shipload of sacred soil from Golgotha, brought…

Piazza dei Miracoli history The piazza is also known as Piazza del Duomo – the Cathedral Square – which is actually its real name. However, in 1910, the…

Column of Marcus Aurelius history This monument was raised to honor the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius was the emperor during a time when the northern provinces…

Theatre of Marcellus history The history of this open-air theatre dates back to the closing years of the Roman Republic. The planning for a new, massive theatre began…

Colosseum history The Colosseum was built by Emperor Verpasian, the founder of the Flavian Dynasty. The Colosseum was actually originally called “the Flavian Amphitheatre”. The construction started in…

St. Peter’s Basilica history The history of St. Peter’s Basilica dates back almost 2000 years. The basilica is named after Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of…

Roman Forum history The history of the Roman Forum dates back thousands of years. According to tradition, the birth of the Roman Forum is closely linked to the…

Vittoriano history The National Monument of Victor Emmanuel the 2nd, often known as “Il Vittoriano”, is dedicated to the unification of Italy. More precisely, it honors the first…

Piazza Navona history The site for today’s square is built on the ancient Stadium of Domitian. The stadium was also known as “Circus Agonalis” – “the competition arena”.…

Trevi Fountain history This unique fountain has a long history. Its origins date back to ancient Roman times and when it served as the terminal point of the…

Machu Picchu history Machu Picchu, or “The lost city of the Incas” as it is often called, is not as old as many people think. Machu Picchu was…

Cologne Cathedral history Cologne Cathedral has a long history. As one can imagine, the wonderful Cologne Cathedral wasn’t created over a night. The construction of Cologne Cathedral began…

Strasbourg Cathedral history The site of the current Strasbourg Cathedral has for a long time been the location for religious buildings. At first, a Roman temple, dating back…

Mont Saint Michel history Standing on a rock peak, the church of Mont Saint Michel has a commanding view over the nearby bay. In prehistoric times, the bay…

Gardens of Versailles history The enchanting Gardens of Versailles were founded by the French King Louis the 13th in year 1632. However, many say that the real founder…

Château de Versailles history The identity Château de Versailles is closely linked to the city surrounding it; Versailles. Not surprisingly, the city is what gave the Château de…

Saint-Jacques Tower history Even though Saint Jacques Tower itself is impressive, it used to be much more than just a tower. Saint Jacques Tower is the only remains…

Pont Alexandre III history Pont Alexandre III was constructed at the same time as the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, as a part of the 1900 World Exposition.…

Place de la Concorde history The massive 86,400 square meters large Place de la Concorde, located between the Champs-Élysées and the Tuilerie Garden, dates back to mid 18th…

Notre Dame de Paris history The history of the amazing Notre Dame de Paris began almost 1000 years ago. The planning of a new, grand cathedral in Paris…

Sacré-Coeur Basilica history The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is by many perceived to be an old basilica, much in the same way as the Notre Dame de Paris, but this…

Grand Palais history Just like the Eiffel Tower, Petit Palais and Pont Alexander – the Grand Palais was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. During this stage,…