Paris and Rome most popular UNESCO sites on Wikipedia; Natalie Huet; EuroNews

France – Paris, Banks of the Seine

Good news for European tourism? Half of the 20 most popular sites are located in the EU.

Wikipedia is often people’s first stop when looking up something online – and the same could apply to tourists seeking a new destination.

An analysis of Wikipedia page views found that “Paris – Banks of the Seine” and “Historic Centre of Rome” were the most popular out of more than 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites being consulted on the free online encyclopedia.

They were followed by the historic areas of Istanbul, Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Statue of Liberty.

Half of the 20 most popular UNESCO sites were located in the European Union.

When only considering Wikipedia in English, the Taj Mahal was the second most popular in terms of page views, followed by Statue of Liberty, Great Wall of China and Rome’s historic centre.

Eurostat released the statistics, calling them “experimental”.

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