UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places and landmarks officially recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as having great significance and representing the humanity’s collective heritage.

As of February 2017, there are 1052 World Heritage Sites. 814 of them are cultural sites, 203 are natural, and 35 are of mixed character. Two sites were delisted in the past.

With 51 sites, Italy is the country with the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world. Other countries with a high number of sites include: China (50 sites), Spain (45 sites), France (42 sites), Germany (41 sites).

Here is a small map of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which I have photographed and which appear on this site. This map updates automatically whenever a new item is published.

Below are some of my photos of UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Typical Valletta Houses, Malta
17 Mar 2017 Malta #04

Wideangle View of Typical Valletta Houses with Balconies

Personally, I find these wooden Maltese balconies really cool. Truly Maltese style. They are ubiquitous in Valletta and many other places in Malta. Since they are closed, I wasn’t even sure at first, if ‘balconies’ was the correct word. But they are indeed balconies. They are not verandas, because verandas must be open. […]

Panorama of the Hungarian capital Budapest with the Danube, Chain Bridge and the Parliament Building
23 Feb 2017 Budapest #02

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest at Twilight

The Hungarian capital Budapest used to be two separate cities lying on the the opposite banks of the Danube: Buda and Pest. They were merged in 1873 and the new entity was aptly named “Budapest”. Before the merger of Buda and Pest into one city, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge connected them. It was completed in 1849 and it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary. […]

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy with Light Trails of a Vaporetto Vessel
12 Feb 2017 Venice #02

The Grand Canal in Venice with Light Trails of a Vaporetto Vessel, Italy

Light trails are a great subject for photography. Sometimes photographing them is easy – when you can easily predict the movement, as e.g. in the case of cars speeding on a highway. But sometimes photographing light trails can be tricky – when you have to anticipate the movement and you don’t know exactly what will appear in your frame within the exposure time of 30 seconds or more. Sometimes you just need a little bit of luck. […]

The Lesser Town Bridge Tower (Malostranská mostecká věž), Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) and the Charles Bridge (Karlův most) at Sunrise, Prague, the Czech Republic
08 Jan 2017 Prague #06

Charles Bridge at Dawn, Prague, the Czech Republic

The Czech capital Prague is one of my favourite cities in the world and Charles Bridge is of my favourite places there. Usually it is very crowded, tourists from all over the world flock there. […]