WHS

My tally of World Heritage Sites since 2002, the year I started to develop interest in traveling, now stands at 107. While hardly awe-inspiring, it is not nothing either. I recognize there is a primitive appeal in collecting things — see the short-lived phenomenon Pokémon Go — some of which I might not have visited if not for their WHS status. Seeing I will probably add to my collection, I want to gain a better understanding of what I have seen thus far by trying to organize them in tiers and categories.

I have divided my list into eight categories: Archeological site, Nature, Large urban centre, Small urban centre, Landscape, Royal residence, Religious and Secular structure. A site can fall into multiple categories and I will assign the one I believe to be the most relevant.

A score out of 10 regarding if a site justifies the effort for a visit is assigned below.

10 

Angkor

Ancient Thebes

Grand Canyon

Jerusalem

Petra

Rome

Machu Picchu

Yellowstone

Kyoto

Plitvice Lakes

Prague

Pyramids

Venice

Volcanoes National Park

Wadi Rum

Amsterdam

Florence

Hebron

Huangshan

Itsukushima Shrine

Luang Prabang

Paris

Piedmont

Pompeii

Siena

Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Vatican

7

Assisi

Chichen Itza

Dubrovnik

Forbidden City

Gardens of Suzhou

Great Barrier Reef

Masada

Museumsinsel

Mutianyu Great Wall

Ollantaytambo (Qhapaq Ñan)

Ravenna

Rhine Valley

Salzburg

Versailles

Amalfi Coast

Arequipa

Avignon

Cinque Terre

Danxia Shan

Fontainebleau

Glacier Bay National Park

Nazca Lines

Pont du Gard

Potala Palace

Vicenza

Wartburg

Weimar

Bethlehem

Fujian Tulou

Himeji-jo

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hongcun

Horyu-ji

Kutna Hora

Hwaseong

Jægersborg Dyrehave (Par Force hunting landscape)

Maritime Greenwich

Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

Potsdam

San Gimignano

Statue of Liberty

Temple of Heaven

Westminster

4

Arles

Ayutthaya

Bauhaus in Dessau

Cairo

Cusco

Daintree National Park

Fraser Island

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Split

Summer Palace

Val d’Orcia

Yangshuo (South China Karst)

3

Český Krumlov

Changdeokgung

Cologne Cathedral

Macau

Nara

Orange Roman Theatre

Tower of London

Umm ar-Rasas

Verona

West Lake in Hangzhou

White City of Tel Aviv

2

Boboli Gardens (Medici Gardens)

Cathedral of St James in Šibenik

Drottningholm Palace

George Town, Penang

Gulangyu

Kaiping Diaolou

Pienza

Ryukyu Sites

1

Georgium Garden, Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz

Jongmyo

National Museum of Western Arts (Tokyo)

Shichahai (Grand Canal)

Skogskyrkogården

Trogir

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