Discover the World's Most Remarkable Landmarks with our World Heritage Sites Qui...
What is the purpose of the World Heritage Sites program?
How many countries currently have World Heritage Sites?
What is required for a site to be designated as a World Heritage Site?
What is the purpose of the Tentative List?
What is the role of UNESCO in the World Heritage Sites program?
What is the purpose of designating a site as a World Heritage Site?
What is the most common reason for a site to be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger?
What is a potential downside of the World Heritage Sites program?
Which country has the most World Heritage Sites as of January 2023?
World Heritage Sites: Landmarks of Outstanding Value to Humanity
- World Heritage Sites are landmarks or areas with legal protection by UNESCO
- Sites are designated for having cultural, historical, scientific or other forms of significance
- Sites must be unique, identifiable and have special cultural or physical significance
- 1,157 World Heritage Sites exist across 167 countries, with Italy having the most at 58
- Sites are intended for practical conservation, protected by UNESCO as protected zones
- The World Heritage Sites list is maintained by the international World Heritage Program administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
- The program began with the "Convention Concerning the Protection of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage" in 1972
- By assigning places as World Heritage Sites, UNESCO wants to help pass them on to future generations
- Being listed as a World Heritage Site can positively affect the site, its environment and interactions between them
- A country must first identify its significant cultural and natural sites in a document known as the Tentative List
- A site may be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger if conditions threaten the characteristics for which the landmark or area was inscribed
- The UNESCO-administered project has attracted criticism due to under-representation of heritage sites outside Europe, disputed decisions on site selection, and adverse impact of mass tourism on sites
- As of January 2023, Italy has the most World Heritage Sites at 58, followed by China with 56 and Germany with 51
Test your knowledge on the world's most outstanding landmarks with our World Heritage Sites quiz! Learn about the legal protection of these sites by UNESCO, the criteria for their selection, and the significance they hold. Discover how many sites exist across the globe and which countries have the most. Find out how being listed as a World Heritage Site can positively impact a site and its environment, and also learn about some of the criticisms of the UNESCO-administered project. Take the quiz to see how much you know about
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