The world’s Top 5 countries with the most UNESCO World Heritage sites; James Callery; Wanderlust


France – Paris, Banks of the Seine

From Rome and Florence to the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in China, UNESCO World Heritage sites are marvels of human achievement and natural wonders. Which 5 countries can boast the most?

To be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of 10 selection criteria. These include representing a “masterpiece of human creative genius” and exhibiting “an important interchange of human values”.

Of the 1,052 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 814 fall into the Cultural category. A further 203 are Natural, such as national parks or barrier reefs. The remaining 35 are both Cultural and Natural. Mont Perdu in the Pyrenees, for example, is both an “outstanding mountain landscape” and “a pastoral landscape reflecting an agricultural way of life that now survives only in this part of the Pyrenees.”

1: Italy

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