Notre Dame d’Afrique (Our Lady of Africa) is a Roman Catholic basilica in Algiers, Algeria.
2. Fortress of São Miguel in Angola
Fortaleza de São Miguel or Saint Michael Fortress was a Portuguese fortress built in Luanda, Angola. São Miguel fort was built in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais.
3. Royal Palaces of Abomey in Benin
The Royal Palaces of Abomey are 12 palaces spread over a 40 hectares area at the heart of the Abomey town in Benin, formerly the capital of the West African Kingdom of Dahomey
4. Okavango Delta in Botswana
The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. It’s known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat. The Moremi Game Reserve occupies the east and central areas of the region.
The national parks in Uganda play a vital role in conservation by protecting the region’s rare and endangered flora and fauna.
10. Semuliki National Park
The Semeliki National Park is located in the Bwamba County of western Uganda on the country’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was established in October 1993 and occupies an area of 194 square km. The Semeliki National Park is well-known for its rich and diverse flora and fauna and is especially famous for birds, of which over 400 species exist in the park. Nine hornbill species have also been recorded at the park. More than 60 mammalian species including leopards, hippos, forest buffaloes, elephants, civets, duikers, and 8 species of primates also live here. The Semuliki and the Lamia Rivers that flow by the park are watering places for the park’s wildlife.
While some of you might have heard of the sites listed down here, there’s a fair chance that you didn’t know that these are actually listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. For someone who came in late, a World Heritage Site is selected and recognised by the United Nations on the basis of its “cultural, historical, scientific or any other form of significance”. These sites are preserved and protected by UNESCO and international treaties.
There are 35 such sites in India, that include the usual suspects such as Taj Mahal, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, etc. But there are many more incredible sites that most of us aren’t aware of. Hence, I’m listing down seven of the most surreal UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India you had absolutely no idea about:
Hamilton, Bermuda (CNN)The 35th America’s Cup sailing competition begins on May 26 and runs through June 27, and it’s Bermuda’s moment in the sun, though Bermuda is almost always sunny. One step on this island, and it’s impossible not to be moved by its beauty, history, simplicity and charm.
Bermuda is a fish hook-shaped 20.6-square-mile subtropical island in the middle of the North Atlantic, about 700 miles east of New York City and 1,000 miles north of the Caribbean.
Its infamous coral reefs are responsible for pink sand beaches as well as more than 300 shipwrecks. And because of its isolated geographical position, Bermuda’s mix of turquoise and deep blue waters boggles the mind — it’s an oasis from a dark and stormy sea.
Athens is a heady mix of historic and modern, and the ideal place to start your Greece travel. We instantly felt at home in the higgledy-piggledy, welcoming and warm capital. The city was buzzing late at night with its trendy bars, laidback cafes and chatty locals happy to help. My husband and I could see why it’s well known for its nightlife – the city never seems to sleep!
Known as the ‘cradle of Western civilisation’, the capital is a cosmopolitan hub with the Acropolis perched above the city. Since 2004, the Archaeological Promenade has linked the major attractions. With its proximity to the Mediterranean coast, it’s a city of endless possibilities for travel lovers. Our travel plan was to mix up city sights, day trips and more time in the centre. Here are the top travel experiences in and around the capital:
Stockholm, the capital and largest city of Sweden, offers a wealth of tourist activities.
Stockholm is the Swedish capital and covers an area of 73 square miles spread across 14 islands. It is one of the most visited cities in Scandinavia partly due to its world-class infrastructure and accommodation within the city. However, it is the city’s numerous historical and modern attractions which truly leave visitors impressed.
10. Stockholm metro
The Stockholm metro is the main transportation system used to get around the city of Stockholm. The 65.7 mile-long metro system was opened on October 1, 1950 and ferries over 300 million passengers per year. It is unique for its display of artwork, as it is actually considered to be the longest art exhibit in the world with 68.3 miles of the metro decorated with beautiful forms of art.
Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Białowieża forest in north-eastern Poland to the “brink of collapse” one year after a revised forest management plan permitted the trebling of state logging activity and removed a ban on logging in old growth areas.
Large parts of the forest, which spans Poland’s eastern border with Belarus and contains some of Europe’s last remaining primeval woodland, are subject to natural processes not disturbed by direct human intervention.
A UNESCO natural world heritage site — the only one in Poland — the forest is home to about 1,070 species of vascular plants, 4,000 species of fungi, more than 10,000 species of insect, 180 breeding bird species and 58 species of mammal, including many species dependent on natural processes and threatened with extinction.
Africa is fast becoming known as a tourist destination with countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt and South Africa making waves and creating a new era in tourism. For countries like Kenya, tourism contribute a very substantial amount to national revenue every year. Certain tourist attractions are popular because there is a special feeling it gives to people who visit such places and this is outside the fact that places like this hold a very rich heritage and recognition. There are a few places in Africa that are worth mentioning when it comes to Africa’s popular tourist destinations. Here are the Top 10 Well Known Tourist Destinations in Africa.
10. Omo River Region, Ethiopia
The Omo river region is an area in the Southwestern Ethiopia and home to more than 50 different tribes.
Gal Vihara, also known as Gal Viharaya, means stone or rock temple in Sinhalese. It is a Buddhist temple situated in the second largest ancient city of Sri Lanka, in the Northern Central Province of Polonnaruwa.
The Buddha images at Gal Vihara are known to be very sacred and highly charged. Many pilgrims and visitors have experienced blessings from the images by gaining spiritual realisations and a higher level of awakening. Although Gal Vihara belonged to Theravadan Buddhism, its monuments do show clear evidence of Mahayana Buddhism’s influence from the 12th century.
The temple was built in the 12th century by King Parakramabahu I (1123 – 1186 CE), and in the beginning it was known as Uttararama or “The Northern Temple”.
Did I really travel all the way here just to see a column?
It seems as though I did.
I’ve come to the Czech city of Olomouc as part of my World Heritage Journey – the challenge I have set myself to visit every UNESCO World Heritage Site on earth. I probably wouldn’t have stopped here otherwise, but my research told me there is a site here.
You know what? I probably wouldn’t have even heard of Olomouc otherwise. Had you heard of it before you started reading this post and I mentioned it? Possibly not.
It’s a rather unknown city, even by Czech standards. Everyone knows Prague. Most tourists have heard of Cesky Krumlov. Brno is relatively well known by people in this part of Europe. Olomouc… I have never heard anyone mention it before.