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Antarctica

SCOTT'S HUT AND THE EXPLORERS' HERITAGE OF ANTARCTICA

Ross Island, Antarctica

At the turn of the twentieth century, Antarctica remained the only continent untouched by humans. (Learn More)

Argentina

NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA MERCED BASILICA

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Construction of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced in the center of Buenos Aires began in 1733 and was completed in 1779 by Andrés Bianchi. (Learn More)

SAN IGNACIO MINÍ

San Ignacio, Argentina

In the midst of the Argentine rainforest stand the ruins of San Ignacio Miní, a seventeenth-century Jesuit mission complex. (Learn More)

Australia

DAMPIER ROCK ART COMPLEX

Dampier Archipelago, Australia

The Dampier archipelago stretches from northwestern Australia into the Indian Ocean, its landscape marked by crags and ridges that were formed by the erosion of Precambrian lava activity. (Learn More)

Barbados

MORGAN LEWIS SUGAR MILL

St. Andrew, Barbados

The Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill is the last of the many Barbadian windmills once used to produce sugar, and one of only two functioning sugar windmills in the world. (Learn More)

Bolivia

RIO LAUCA BURIAL TOWERS

Sajama, Bolivia

Nestled in the Sajama National Park in the Bolivian altiplano, a complex of prehistoric burial towers (chullpas) comprises the most important surviving monumental complex of the Aymara peo (Learn More)

Brazil

HISTORIC CENTER OF SALVADOR DE BAHIA

Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil

Founded in 1549 as Brazil’s first capital, and the seat of the Portuguese government for more than two centuries, today Salvador de Bahia is a metropolis with over three million inhabitants. (Learn More)

PARANAPIACABA

Santo André, Brazil

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Saõ Paulo Railway Company laid a snaking network of tracks over Brazil’s green mountains. (Learn More)

SÃO NICOLAU

São Nicolau, Brazil

With the aim of converting the native Guaraní population, the Jesuits established 30 missions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in an area of South America that now includes parts (Learn More)

Cambodia

BANTEAY CHHMAR TEMPLE OF JAYAVARMAN VII

Thmar Puok, Cambodia

A complex of eight temples deep in the Cambodian jungle, Banteay Chhmar was commissioned by the twelfth-century Khmer ruler Jayavarman VII in honor of five heroes, including his son, who died defen (Learn More)

PHNOM BAKHENG

Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phnom Bakheng is one of Angkor’s oldest temples. It was built as a state temple between the late ninth and early tenth centuries, when King Yasovarman constructed it as the centerpiece of his new capital, Yasodharapura, later absorbed into Angkor. (Learn More)

Canada

ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

The second oldest Protestant church in Canada, St. John’s was built in 1753 to serve as a meeting house for its local community in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. (Learn More)

Chile

EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI)—MOAI CONSERVATION PROJECT

Easter Island, Chile

A Polynesian volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle, Easter Island—known locally as Rapa Nui—is a special territory of Chile that was annexe (Learn More)

EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI)—ORONGO

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, a special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888, is most famous for the hundreds moai statues scattered throughout its coastline. (Learn More)

ELEVATORS OF VALPARAÍSO

Valparaíso, Chile

With its labyrinth of interconnecting stairways, cobblestone alleys, pedestrian plazas, and vistas, Bellavista Hill is one of the most distinctive of Valparaíso’s 45 hill neighborhoods (Learn More)

China

PUNING TEMPLE STATUES

Chengde, China

The buildings at the imperial mountain resort at Chengde were built in stages between 1703 and 1792 and were where Qing emperors from Kangxi (r. (Learn More)

SAN XING DUI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Guang Han City, China

In 1984, following the discovery of a few bits of jade in an irrigation ditch, excavations near Guang Han City in Sichuan Province uncovered the earthen outer walls of an ancient city dating from t (Learn More)

SHAXI MARKET AREA

Yunnan Province , China

The Shaxi Market Area, located in China’s Yunnan Province on the historic Tea and Horse Caravan Trail that links Tibet with Southeast Asia, is the most complete surviving example of a trading (Learn More)

XIANNONGTAN (TEMPLE OF AGRICULTURE)

Beijing, China

The temple complex dedicated to Xiannong, the father of agriculture, was built in 1420 below the Forbidden City and adjacent to the famed Temple of Heaven in Beijing. (Learn More)

XUANJIAN TOWER

Yuci City, Shanxi, China

Xuanjian Tower, part of a complex dating to the thirteenth century, is the main feature of the Town God’s Temple in Yuci. (Learn More)

Colombia

SAN PEDRO CLAVER

Cartagena, Colombia

The Jesuit community of Cartagena was established in the early seventeenth century and over time a church, school, monastery, and other buildings were erected to allow the priests to carry out thei (Learn More)

Croatia

DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE

Split, Croatia

Built for use by Emperor Diocletian who in AD 305 became the first Roman emperor to voluntarily abdicate, the palace at Split on the eastern coast of the Adriatic is the preeminent classical herita (Learn More)

DUCAL PALACE

Zadar, Croatia

From the High Middle Ages through the 20th century, the Ducal Palace of Zadar stood witness to the evolution of the city and survived countless attacks and occupations. (Learn More)

FRANCISCAN MONASTERY LIBRARY

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Founded in 1235, the Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik was an essential visit for pilgrims traveling between Europe and the Holy Land. (Learn More)

MARITIME QUARANTINE-LAZARETI

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Between the 14th and 16th centuries, Dubrovnik was a key hub in the trade between the Ottoman Empire and the West, and its lazaret, or quarantine station, was built in 1627 to isolate the ill and p (Learn More)

Czech Republic

ČESKÝ KRUMLOV GARDEN

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

The Český Krumlov gardens lie between the imposing castle of the 18th-century Schwarzenburg princes and the surrounding Bohemian town, connecting the Gothic castle to the cobblestone streets (Learn More)

KUKS FOREST SCULPTURES

Kuks, Czech Republic

In the New Forest bordering the town of Kuks in the Czech Republic, Mary Magdalene reclines amidst the fallen leaves while the three Magi perform their act of adoration nearby. (Learn More)

LEDNICE AND VALTICE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Lednice and Valtice, Czech Republic

Over the centuries, the rural countryside between the southern Moravian towns of Lednice and Valtice had been a landscape divided by shifting national borders, scarred by conflicts like the Thirty (Learn More)

ST. ANN'S CHURCH

Prague, Czech Republic

Built in 1316, St. Ann’s Church stands at the foot of the Charles Bridge in the Old Town of Prague. (Learn More)

TEREZIN FORTRESS

Terezin, Czech Republic

Terezin Fortress, a vast military complex with a perimeter of over 12 miles (20 kilometers), guards the confluence of the Elbe and Eger rivers in the northwest Czech Republic. (Learn More)

Dominican Republic

PUERTO PLATA LIGHTHOUSE

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Built in 1879 by R. Deeley & Co., a New York firm, the Puerto Plata Lighthouse once served as a beacon for ships traversing the Atlantic. (Learn More)

Ecuador

LAS PEÑAS

Guayaquil, Ecuador

The highest concentration of historic houses and structures in the coastal city of Guayaquil is in the neighborhood of Las Peñas. (Learn More)

Egypt

TARABAY AL-SHARIFY

Cairo, Egypt

The monumental complex of Tarabay al-Sharify stands at the southern end of Al-Azhar Park. (Learn More)

THE MORTUARY TEMPLE OF AMENHOTEP III

Luxor, Egypt

The mortuary temple of Amenhotep III was erected between 1390 and 1353 B.C. for New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenhotep III. (Learn More)

VALLEY OF THE KINGS

Luxor (Ancient Thebes), Egypt

Thebes, now the modern city of Luxor in central Egypt, was the royal capital of the ancient Egyptian civilization during the New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.). (Learn More)

Ethiopia

MENTEWAB-QWESQWAM PALACE

Gondar, Ethiopia

The buildings at this archaeological site date to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the court of Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia. (Learn More)

France

CHÂTEAU DE CHANTILLY

Chantilly, France

The Château de Chantilly sits at the confluence of the Oise and Seine Rivers in northern France and is a magnificent stone complex surrounded by manicured lawns, farms, ponds, and stables. (Learn More)

SAINT-EMILION MONOLITHIC CHURCH

Saint-Emilion, France

In the eighth century, a Breton monk named Emilion fled to southern France to escape persecution by the Benedictine order and adopted an eremitic existence, living in a cave. (Learn More)

Gambia

JAMES ISLAND

Lower Niumi District, Gambia

First settled in 1651 by traders from Courland (in present-day Latvia) on an earlier native site, James Island on the River Gambia was a cultural crossroads from the late fifteenth to the late nine (Learn More)

Germany

KARL-THEODOR BRIDGE

Heidelberg, Germany

Over more than 700 years, nine bridges were built in succession at a single spot along Europe’s Neckar River, where the waterway weaves through the German city of Heidelberg. (Learn More)

THOMASKIRCHE

Leipzig, Germany

Constructed in Leipzig, Germany, in the early thirteenth century by the Augustinian monastic order, Thomaskirche, or St. (Learn More)

Ghana

LARABANGA MOSQUE

Larabanga, Ghana

Dating from the seventeenth century, Larabanga Mosque is the oldest mosque in Ghana, and one of the country’s most revered religious sites. (Learn More)

Greece

KAHAL SHALOM SYNAGOGUE

Rhodes, Greece

Synagogue Kahal Kadosh Shalom (Holy Congregation of Peace), better known as the New Synagogue, is the only Sephardic temple remaining on the Greek island of Rhodes and the oldest surviving synagogu (Learn More)

Guatemala

PIEDRAS NEGRAS

Peten, Guatemala

Piedras Negras (Black Stones) was the capital of a Maya kingdom that stretched along the banks of Central America’s Usumacinta River between the fourth century B.C. (Learn More)

Hungary

ROYAL GARDEN PAVILIONS

Budapest, Hungary

The Royal Garden Pavilion was designed by Miklós Ybi, an important nineteenth-century Hungarian architect, and built between 1875 and 1882 on the embankment of the Danube River at the foot of Castl (Learn More)

India

BALAJI GHAT

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Dating from 1735, Balaji Ghat is located on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest continuously occupied cities and an important Hindu pilgrimage destination. (Learn More)

BASGO GOMPA (MAITREYA TEMPLES)

Leh, India

The mud-brick fortress of Basgo Gompa is perched high in the hills of Ladakh, between the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges in northern India. (Learn More)

DALHOUSIE SQUARE

Kolkata, India

The former Dalhousie Square, now known as Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh, is an oasis at the heart of modern Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, in eastern India. (Learn More)

DELHI HERITAGE ROUTE

Delhi, India

The city of Delhi contains a multitude of important historic structures, including the World Heritage sites of Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Red Fort. (Learn More)

JAISALMER FORT

Jaisalmer, India

Built in 1156 by King Rawal Jaisal, Jaisalmer Fort dominates the countryside in the far northwestern corner of Rajasthan, near the border of India and Pakistan. (Learn More)

OSMANIA WOMEN'S COLLEGE

Hyderabad, India

Osmania Women’s College was built in the early nineteenth century as the British residency in the state of Hyderabad. (Learn More)

Indonesia

OMO HADA

Nias, Indonesia

Omo Hada is a rare surviving eighteenth-century traditional Indonesian village. (Learn More)

TANAH LOT TEMPLE

Beraban, Bali, Indonesia

Tanah Lot Temple is a complex of wooden structures with origins in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, built on a large coral rock separated from the nearby island of Bali. (Learn More)

Ireland

SAINT BRENDAN'S CATHEDRAL

Clonfert, County Galway , Ireland

Clonfert Cathedral, also known as St. (Learn More)

Italy

ANCIENT POMPEII

Pompeii, Italy

The ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum and villas near the Bay of Naples were buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August A.D. (Learn More)

CHAINS BRIDGE

Bagni di Lucca, Italy

Il Ponte della Catene, or the Chains Bridge, spans the Lima River in Tuscany, connecting the towns of Fomoli and Chifenti. (Learn More)

CINQUE TERRE

Liguria, Italy

Cinque Terre describes the Mediterranean coastline between Genoa and Tuscany, where the hills are carved into green terraces that descend toward the water. (Learn More)

RUPESTRIAN CHURCHES OF PUGLIA AND THE CITY OF MATERA

Puglia and Matera, Italy

In 1464, Pope Paul II gave the Ciminelli family his blessing to enhance the church of San Pietro Barisano in the I Sassi district of Matera, the northernmost province in the Puglia region of Italy. (Learn More)

TEMPLE OF HERCULES

Rome, Italy

The Temple of Hercules, situated in the Forum Boarium on the eastern bank of the Tiber, is one of the oldest extant buildings in Rome. (Learn More)

TEMPLE OF PORTUNUS

Rome, Italy

The Temple of Portunus, dating to the first century B.C., is a rare survivor of Roman Republican architecture and a reminder of the magnificence of the Forum Boarium in antiquity, once a major comm (Learn More)

TUFF TOWNS AND VIE CAVE

Lazio, Tuscany, and Umbria, Italy

The towns of Pitigliano, Sorano, Manciano, and Civita di Bagnoregio lie balanced on the crests of steep Italian hills, built into the tufa (or tuff) bedrock, a soft stone formed from volcanic ash. (Learn More)

Jamaica

OLD IRON BRIDGE

Spanish Town, Jamaica

In the late 18th century, Jamaica’s House of Assembly passed an act commissioning the construction of a much-needed bridge between Kingston and Spanish Town in St. Catherine. (Learn More)

Japan

EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE HERITAGE SITES

Tōhoku and Kantō Regions, Japan

On March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake struck the northeast coast of Japan. (Learn More)

NAGOYA CASTLE

Nagoya, Japan

The Tokugawa Shogun family built Nagoya Castle between 1610 and 1615, securing an important position on the Tokaido highway to ward off attackers and thus ensuring continued social and economic pro (Learn More)

TOMO PORT TOWN

Fukuyama, Japan

For over 1,000 years Tomo, in the city of Fukuyama, has existed as a fishing village and an active port along the Seto Nakai, or Inland Sea. (Learn More)

Jordan

PETRA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Wadi Mousa, Jordan

The magnificent ruins of ancient Petra occupy a high plateau that rises out of Wadi Mousa, the Valley of Moses, in southwest Jordan. (Learn More)

Kenya

THIMLICH OHINGA CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Migori District, Kenya

Built in the 14th century on a hill, Thimlich Ohinga is a complex surrounded by stone walls now partially covered under Savannah bush land. (Learn More)

Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN HISTORIC ENCLAVE

Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia

George Town, established as a British trading port in 1786, displays its vivid and varied cultural heritage through the array of buildings and architectural styles found along its streets. (Learn More)

KAMPUNG CINA RIVER FRONTAGE

Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

A line of modest wooden buildings follows the gently curving waterfront at Kampung Cina, the oldest street in what is now one of Malaysia’s largest cities, Kuala Terengganu. (Learn More)

Mali

BANDIAGARA ESCARPMENT CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Dogon Country, Mali

The dramatic 95-mile long Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali, West Africa, has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century B.C. (Learn More)

DJENNÉ-DJENO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Djenné, Mali

Although the archaeological site of Djenné-Djeno is located just three kilometers southeast of the modern village of Djenné, the site was unknown until the 1970s. (Learn More)

Malta

MNAJDRA PREHISTORIC TEMPLES

Qrendi, Malta

The Mnajdra Prehistoric Temples lie along the southern coast of Malta amidst the blue waters of the central Mediterranean. (Learn More)

Mexico

JESÚS NAZARENO CHURCH IN ATOTONILCO

Atotonilco, Mexico

Constructed by Father Felipe Neri Alfaro, the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno of Atotonilco is famous for its murals that reflect a syncretism of Catholic religious iconography mixed with native religi (Learn More)

MEXICO CITY HISTORIC CENTER

Mexico City, Mexico

Seven centuries of Mexican history are recorded in the architectural landscape of the Centro Histórico, or Historic Center, of Mexico City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Learn More)

MODERN MURAL PAINTINGS

Mexico City, Mexico

Jose Vasconcelas, Mexico’s first Minister of Education following the country’s revolution, saw the value of public art as a vehicle to foster civic pride and national spirit. (Learn More)

PALACE OF FINE ARTS (PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES)

Mexico City, Mexico

A stunning Art Nouveau masterpiece, originally designed by Adamo Boari and envisioned for the centenary celebrations of Mexico’s independence in 1910, the Palace of Fine Arts was completed by (Learn More)

RUTA DE LA AMISTAD

Mexico City, Mexico

Ruta de la Amistad, or the Route of Friendship, consists of twenty-two large-scale sculptures that were commissioned ahead of the 1968 Summer Olympics to serve as permanent markers of the event in (Learn More)

SAN FRANCISCO DE TZINTZUNZAN CONVENT

Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico

San Francisco de Tzintzuntzan Convent was the first foundation of the Franciscan Order in New Spain created for the conversion of the indigenous population to Christianity. (Learn More)

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA IN CUAUHTINCHAN

Cuauhtinchan/Puebla, Mexico

Located in the Mexican state of Puebla, the San Juan Bautista convent in Cuauhtinchan was built between 1528 and 1554 on the site of a 12th-century Tolteca-Chichimeca foundation to support the reli (Learn More)

SAN JUAN DE ULÚA FORT

Veracruz, Mexico

For nearly 350 years, the San Juan de Ulúa Fort in Veracruz served as the primary military stronghold of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. (Learn More)

SANTA PRISCA PARISH CHURCH

Taxco de Alarcón, Mexico

Santa Prisca Church was built following the discovery of a silver mine on the property of José de la Borda. (Learn More)

TEOTIHUACAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE—QUETZALCOATL TEMPLE

San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

For the first half of the first millennium, A.D, Teotihuacán was the dominant civilization in Mesoamerica and one of the great cities of the ancient world. (Learn More)

YUCATÁN INDIAN CHAPELS

Yucatán State, Mexico

The “visiting” chapels created by the Spanish to evangelize the indigenous Maya populations in the Yucatán region of Mexico are known, collectively, as the Capillas de Indios, or Indian Ch (Learn More)

Morocco

RABBI SHLOMO IBN DANAN SYNAGOGUE

Fez, Morocco

Fez, home to a flourishing Jewish community during the 17th century, was also the location of two well known temples, Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Danan Synagogue, built and founded by the Ibn Danan family, an (Learn More)

SAHRIJ AND SBAIYIN MADRASSA COMPLEX

Fez, Morocco

A sacred city of Islam, Fez is the oldest of Morocco’s four imperial cities and the country’s third-largest. (Learn More)

Netherlands

PIETERSKERK

Leiden, Netherlands

The late-Gothic Pieterskerk is the last of a long line of churches on this site in central Leiden. (Learn More)

New Zealand

CANTERBURY PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

With a vision to build a "Better Britain," 19th century colonial settlers to New Zealand constructed government buildings reminiscent of those in London, combining the English Gothic Revival style (Learn More)

Niger

GIRAFFE ROCK ART SITE

Agadez, Niger

The engravings of Agadez, on the edge of the Aïr Natural World Heritage Site, is one of the most extraordinary rock art sites in the region, consisting of over 800 prehistoric images drawn on (Learn More)

Pakistan

UCH MONUMENT COMPLEX

Uch, Pakistan

The ancient city of Uch, located west of Lahore on the edge of the Cholistan Desert, was one of several metropolises founded by Alexander the Great on his crusade through Central Asia in the late 4 (Learn More)

Panama

PANAMA CANAL AREA

Panama City, Chagres River, Panama

In the late nineteenth century, a French company began building what would come to be considered one of the greatest engineering achievements in human history. (Learn More)

SAN GERÓNIMO FORT

Portobelo, Panama

San Gerónimo Fort was built in several stages between 1596 and 1779 to protect the transportation of goods from South America to Spain. (Learn More)

SAN LORENZO CASTLE

Portobelo, Panama

The first fortifications of San Lorenzo castle were built by prominent military engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli in 1595. (Learn More)

Paraguay

LA SANTÍSIMA TRINIDAD DE PARANÁ

Trinidad, Paraguay

La Santísima Trinidad, established in 1706 and completed in 1712, was one of the 30 missions established by the Jesuits in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries in what is now Paraguay, (Learn More)

Peru

LOS PINCHUDOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Rio Abiseo National Park, Peru

Among rock shelters, ceremonial structures, houses, terraces, and funerary chambers is the cemetery of Los Pinchudos, a key feature of the National Park of Río Abiseo. (Learn More)

SAN PEDRO DE MÓRROPE CHAPEL

Mórrope, Peru

The chapel of San Pedro de Mórrope was constructed in the 16th century during the Colonial period in Peru in an effort to convert the indigenous Mochica people to Christianity. (Learn More)

Philippines

ANGONO PETROGLYPHS

Angono, Rizal, Philippines

Discovered in 1965, the Angono Petroglyphs are believed to be the oldest known artworks in the Philippines. (Learn More)

KABAYAN MUMMY CAVES

Kabayan, Philippines

When industrial activity began in the forests north of Manila, loggers discovered ancient burial caves hewn out of the rock containing mummified remains and hundreds of coffins and skulls. (Learn More)

SAN SEBASTIAN BASILICA

Manila, Philippines

San Sebastian Basilica dates to 1891and is part of a complex that includes a college (1947) and a seminary and courtyard (1950s). (Learn More)

Poland

OUR LADY'S ASSUMPTION BASILICA

Hebdów (near Krakow), Poland

The Church of Our Lady’s Assumption was founded in the mid-twelfth century within a Norbertine monastery. (Learn More)

VISTULAMOUTH FORTRESS

Gdansk, Poland

The origins of Vistulamouth Fortress probably date to the early medieval period, when a lighthouse and watchtower guarding the mouth of the Vistula River occupied the site of the current structures (Learn More)

Portugal

ROMAN VILLA OF RABAÇAL

Rabaçal, Portugal

The 4th-century Roman villa of Rabaçal is perhaps the most important ruin at the site of ancient Conimbriga, one of the largest Roman sites, and the best preserved, in Portugal. (Learn More)

Romania

BRANCUSI’S ENDLESS COLUMN ENSEMBLE

Târgu-Jiu, Romania

Erected in 1934, the Endless Column by famed Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) has been hailed as one of the great works of twentieth-century outdoor sculpture. (Learn More)

Russia

ALEXANDER PALACE

St. Petersburg, Tsarskoje Selo, Russia

Designed by the Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi and completed in 1796, Alexander Palace housed three generations of Russian monarchs before it was abandoned by the royal family in the months pr (Learn More)

ARKHANGELSKOYE STATE MUSEUM

Moscow, Russia

In the 18th century, Prince Nikolai Golitsyn commissioned French architects to craft an elaborate palace and grounds on the outskirts of Moscow. (Learn More)

CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE MARKETPLACE AND ROSTOV VELIKY HISTORIC CENTER

Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia

Located on the shores of Lake Nero, 210 kilometers northeast of Moscow, Rostov Veliky can trace its origins to the year 862, making it one of Russia's oldest cities. (Learn More)

OSTANKINO ESTATE MUSEUM

Moscow, Russia

Ostankino Estate Museum has stood on the outskirts of Moscow for more than 250 years. (Learn More)

RUSAKOV CLUB

Moscow, Russia

The avant-garde architect Konstatin Melnikov designed the Rusakov Club as a theater for workers who labored in nearby printing factories. (Learn More)

Slovakia

BASIL THE GREAT CHURCH

Krajné Cierno, Slovakia

Basil the Great Church belongs to a small and precious collection of wooden churches in the rural Carpathian mountain region of Slovakia, a significant border between Eastern and Western Christian (Learn More)

Spain

ALHAMBRA

Granada, Spain

The Alhambra was begun in the mid-thirteenth-century under Muhammad ibn al Ahmar, Emir of Granada, to serve as the palace and fortress complex of the Moorish Nasrid dynasty. (Learn More)

AQUEDUCT OF SEGOVIA

Segovia, Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia was built during the second half of the 1st century A.D. under the rule of the Roman Empire and supplied water from the Frío River to the city into the 20th century. (Learn More)

MOORISH HOUSES OF GRANADA

Granada, Spain

The neighborhood of Albayzin in Granada, Spain, contains several Moorish houses, some dating to the period of the Alhambra, many of which were built in the 16th century. (Learn More)

PAZO DE SAN MIGUEL DAS PENAS

Monterroso/Lugo, Spain

Twelve centuries of art and architecture are chronicled in the buildings found in the hills of northwestern Spain. (Learn More)

WINDMILLS OF MALLORCA

Mallorca, Spain

Flour windmills, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, are still a significant feature of the landscape of the Balearic Islands, and are a strong symbol of prosperity and engineering acumen, (Learn More)

Sri Lanka

HISTORIC GALLE

Galle, Sri Lanka

Seized by the Portuguese from the Sinhala kings in 1587, the historic city of Galle was the most important port in Sri Lanka for centuries. (Learn More)

Thailand

AYUTTHAYA AND OTHER FLOODED SITES

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya , located in the rich agricultural flat lands in central Thailand, was the capital of Siam from 1350 to 1761. (Learn More)

WAT CHAIWATTHANARAM

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple located within the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. (Learn More)

Turkey

ÇATALHÖYÜK ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Çumra, Konya , Turkey

Çatalhöyϋk, one of the earliest Neolithic, matriarchal societies in Anatolia, existed from approximately 7500 to 5700 B.C. (Learn More)

HAGIA SOPHIA

Istanbul, Turkey

Justinian I, one of the earliest Byzantine rulers, ordered the architects Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus to design Hagia Sophia in the heart of what was then Constantinople. (Learn More)

MOUNT NEMRUT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Adiyaman Province, Turkey

Antiochus I, an Armenian king whose lineage connected him to the Seleucids, Ptolemies, and Macedonians, ruled the small territory of Commagene in Asia Minor in the 1st century B.C. (Learn More)

Turkmenistan

ANCIENT MERV ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Bairam Ali, Turkmenistan

The oasis of Merv is strategically sited in the Karakum desert and formed an essential military headquarters and staging post on major east-west trade routes. (Learn More)

Uganda

MASAKA CATHEDRAL

Kitovu Village, Uganda

In 1909, a small church was built in the Ugandan village of Kituvo. (Learn More)

Ukraine

ANCIENT CHERSONESOS

Sevastopol, Krym, Ukraine

Chersonesos, on the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea, was founded by Greek settlers in the fifth century B.C. and was occupied during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. (Learn More)

United Kingdom

RUINS OF THE FORMER CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL, COVENTRY

Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom

After Coventry Cathedral was gutted by incendiary bombs during World War II, a conscious and collective decision was taken to build a new cathedral and to preserve the ruins as a constant reminder (Learn More)

SAINT FRANCIS CHURCH AND MONASTERY

East Manchester, United Kingdom

Edward Pugin’s Saint Francis Church and Monastery in Gorton, Manchester is recognized as a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. (Learn More)

SAINT PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

London, United Kingdom

A cathedral dedicated to the Apostle Paul has existed in London since 604 AD. The medieval cathedral was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. (Learn More)

SAINT VINCENT STREET CHURCH

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Saint Vincent Street Church is the sole survivor of three churches designed for the city of Glasgow by the influential and renowned Scottish architect Alexander Thomson. (Learn More)

United States

FORT APACHE

Apache Tribal Lands, United States

Established by President Grant in 1871, the 7,500-acre Fort Apache Reservation served as operations base from which the U.S. (Learn More)

GOLDEN GATE PARK CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS

San Francisco, California, United States

The Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and one of only a few large Victorian greenhouses in the United States. (Learn More)

GULF COAST AND NEW ORLEANS

Mississippi and Louisiana, United States

Beyond cuisine and music, New Orleans is known for its unique built environment of Franco-Creole. (Learn More)

HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS OF NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward came to international attention when it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it is located closer to the mouth of the Mississippi River, and downriver from the (Learn More)

HISTORIC ROUTE 66

Chicago, IL, to Los Angeles, CA, United States

Route 66, once the primary highway from America’s interior to the West Coast, has played a now-legendary role in U.S. history since its designation in 1926. (Learn More)

HOLY ASCENSION RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Unalaska, Alaska, United States

Built in 1896 on the site of an earlier church, Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church in Unalaska is a reminder of the sizeable Russian community that once thrived in Alaska. (Learn More)

LAFAYETTE CEMETERY NO. 1

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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LANCASTER COUNTY

Pennsylvania, United States

The green fields of Lancaster County in southeastern Pennsylvania constitute a historic cultural landscape representing the founding ideals of the United States of America. (Learn More)

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

Montezuma County, Colorado, United States

Mesa Verde, a large, gently sloping plateau etched with deep canyons, was occupied by the Ancestral Puebloan civilization between the 6th and 13th centuries AD. (Learn More)

SAN ESTEBAN DEL REY MISSION

Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

Built in 1629, San Esteban del Rey Mission at Acoma Pueblo combines traditional materials and building technology with European Renaissance architectural ideals. (Learn More)

SAN JOSE CHURCH

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States

The San José Church, originally known as the Iglesia de Santo Tomás de Aquino, is considered by many scholars to be one of the finest and oldest examples of Gothic-influenced religiou (Learn More)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO MISSION

San Juan Capistrano, California, United States

The expansive San Juan Capistrano Mission was initially a small adobe chapel when it was established by Padre Junípero Serra on November 1, 1776. (Learn More)

TREE STUDIOS AND MEDINAH TEMPLE

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Commissioned by philanthropist Judge Lambert Tree, the Tree Studios were designed as an artists’ residence by the Parfitt Brothers architectural firm. (Learn More)

Venezuela

SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH IN CORO

Coro, Falcón, Venezuela

Among the first churches that the Franciscan Order founded in Venezuela, the original church at Coro was part of the Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Salceda, founded in 1614. (Learn More)

Vietnam

MINH MANG TOMB

Hué City, Huong Tho Village, Vietnam

King Minh Mang, the second ruler of the Nguyen Dynasty, governed southern and central Vietnam from 1820 to 1840. (Learn More)

MY SON TEMPLE DISTRICT

My Son, Quảng Nam-Ḍà Nẵng, Tỉnh , Vietnam

My Son, an architectural complex on the coast of Vietnam, was the spiritual and political capital of the Cham people (the Champa Kingdom). (Learn More)

Zimbabwe

KHAMI NATIONAL MONUMENT

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Khami, a settlement founded in the mid-15th century, became the capital city of Great Zimbabwe in the mid-16th century and thus became the center of the kingdom’s political and economic power (Learn More)