UNESCO World Heritage Sites:  50 Fascinating Cultural Locations

Using the UNESCO website as well as travel blogs and city guides, Stacker compiled a list of 50 fascinating cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites from around the world.

From the most adventurous and the most laid-back traveler to the international veterans and those without a passport, there’s a special vacation destination for everyone on this list.

Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt

The Karnak Temple Complex, which was developed over the course of more than 1,000 years, was once considered the largest and most important religious complex in Egypt.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Discovered in 1911, Machu Picchu is believed to be the Inca Empire’s most amazing architectural feat.

Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Turkey

Their cottony appearance (the word Pamukkale literally means “cotton castle”) is caused by the high levels of calcium carbonate in the mineral water.

Spiš Castle, Slovakia

Built in the 12th century, Spiš Castle was an important political, cultural, and economic center for the Kingdom of Hungary.

Potala Palace in Tibet

For hundreds of years, the palace was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and, as a result, is an important location in the history and development of Tibetan Buddhism.

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