The world is full of amazing historical sites and monuments, each with its own unique story to tell. These sites provide a glimpse into the past and are designated as having outstanding universal value by UNESCO World Heritage. In honor of World Heritage Day, we’ve compiled a list of 7 interesting monuments and sites from each continent that offer a window into the past and are a testament to the achievements and cultures of our ancestors.
In South America, we have Christ the Redeemer:
This is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro, a famous landmark with stunning views that attract tourists from all over the world. Completed in 1931, it is also a site of pilgrimage for many Catholics who come to pray at the statues base.
Introducing The Colosseum in Europe:
Situated in Rome, the Colosseum was gifted to the Roman people and is now a major tourist attraction with close to seven million visitors annually. The Colosseum played an important role in Roman history as the site of gladiator fights and other spectacles.
Australia boasts of The Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance was built to remember those who died in World War I and represents the courage of those who supported national defense. The Shrine serves as a place of reflection for families who want to remember their loved ones.
In Asia, we have Taj Mahal:
Meaning Crown Palace, Taj Mahal is situated in India. It is a mausoleum built in memory of Emperor Shah Jahan favorite wife and has become a symbol of love and devotion, attracting millions of visitors every year to marvel at its architectural beauty. Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna, which serves as a defense of the Great Red Fort of Agra, the center of the Mughal emperors until they moved their capital to Delhi in 1637.
Africa has the Osun Osogbo Groove:
This is located in the outskirts of the city of Osogbo in Nigeria. It is a place of worship for the goddess of fertility, Osun. The grove is home to many sculptures and art works, and is a popular pilgrimage site for followers of Yoruba religion.
The famous Statue of Liberty in North America:
A gift from France to America that has welcomed visitors to New York since 1886. Visitors can climb the 374 steps to the CROWN for a spectacular view of the city.
ANTARCTICA HAS THE BLOOD FALLS:
This is a bright red waterfall caused by Iron-Rich microbes frozen in time, which is a fascinating natural phenomenon that has drawn the attention of scientists and tourists alike.