Add These UNESCO World Heritage Sites To Your Travel Bucket List

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Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. 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. There are also many beautiful and unique landscapes, structures and places of cultural significance that you may not have heard of. Today we are going to share three more to add to your bucket list.

Egypt || Photo Credit: Nadine Doerle

The Walled City of Baku - Azerbaijan

The Walled City of Baku represents an outstanding and rare example of a historic urban ensemble and architecture with outstanding universal value. Built on a site inhabited since the Palaeolithic period, the Walled City of Baku reveals evidence of Zoroastrian, Sasanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian presence in cultural continuity. The Inner City (Icheri Sheher) has preserved much of its 12th-century defensive walls. The 12th-century Maiden Tower (Giz Galasy) is built over earlier structures dating from the 7th to 6th centuries BC, and the 15th-century Shirvanshahs' Palace is one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture.

The Caucasus || Photo Credit: Gazelle

The magnificence of Icherisheher lies in the combination of its distinct architectural monuments and its historically composed architectural spatial planning with original street views, which have merged into a single entity to reflect its long history and the melding of cultures that have influenced its development over the past nine centuries. Icherisheher is still a living, vibrant city with residential areas housing local communities.

The Caucasus || Photo Credit: Our Place

Visit The Walled City of Baku in Azerbaijan on our The Caucasus tour.

The Kamchatka Volcanoes - Russia

This is one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world, with a high density of active volcanoes, a variety of types, and a wide range of related features. The six sites included in the serial designation group together the majority of volcanic features of the Kamchatka peninsula. The interplay of active volcanoes and glaciers forms a dynamic landscape of great beauty. The sites contain great species diversity, including the world's largest known variety of salmonoid fish and exceptional concentrations of sea otter, brown bear and Stellar's sea eagle. The Peninsula location between a large continental landmass and the Pacific Ocean exhibits unique characteristics with major concentrations of wildlife.

Wild Kamchatka ||Photo Credi: Natalia Kollegova

The Kamchatka Volcanoes is a landscape of exceptional natural beauty with its large symmetrical volcanoes, lakes, wild rivers and spectacular coastline. It also contains superlative natural phenomena in the form of salmon spawning areas and major concentrations of wildlife (e.g. seabird colonies) along the coastal zone of the Bering Sea.

Wild Kamchatka || Photo Credit: Natalia Kollegova

To visit the Kamchatka volcanoes in Russia join our Wild Kamchatka tour.

Cape Coast Castle - Ghana

These fortified trading posts, founded between 1482 and 1786, and spanning a distance of approximately 500 km along the coast of Ghana between Keta in the east and Beyin in the west, were links in the trading routes established by the Portuguese in many areas of the world during their era of great maritime exploration. The castles and forts were built and occupied at different times by traders from Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany and Britain. They served the gold trade of European chartered companies. Latterly they played a significant part in the developing slave trade, and therefore in the history of the Americas, and, subsequently, in the 19th century, in the suppression of that trade.

Cape Coast Castle || Photo Credit: Ghana Travel

They can be seen as a unique “collective historical monument”: a monument not only to the evils of the slave trade, but also to nearly four centuries of pre-colonial Afro-European commerce on the basis of equality rather than on that of the colonial basis of inequality.  They represent, significantly and emotively, the continuing history of European-African encounter over five centuries and the starting point of the African Diaspora.

Cape Coast Castle || Photo Credit: WikiMedia

To visit the Cape Coast and take an emotional journey through the castle to learn more about the region's history join our Togo, Benin & Ghana tour.

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