All 72 World Heritage Sites In North America: From Aztec Temples To The Grand Canyon To Yellowstone; Newsweek


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This gallery runs through all 72 of North America’s World Heritage sites, with beautiful photos and information about each site.

From monuments of the ancient Mayan civilization in Mexico to the Statue of Liberty, via a vast number of stunning national parks stretching across its landscape, North America enjoys a wealth of World Heritage sites, cultural and natural.

Some date back millennia, like Monte Albán, the ruined capital of Zapotec civilization; others are more modern, such as the house and studio of the architect Luis Barragán, built in 1948. The rest are essentially timeless—geological formations and natural wonders that pre-date the human race and may well outlast it, too.

Recognizing World Heritage sites began in 1972 when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a new convention to not only celebrate sites of outstanding significance, but protect them too. “Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage,” the UNESCO website explains. “What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application.”

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