10 Most Stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Waquar Habib

Taj Mahal, India

A genius of architecture in terms of perspective, Taj Mahal is the world-renowned ivory-white mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. Its beauty and heritage are unmatched.

The Taj Mahal | Depositphotos

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious monument which contains impressive remains from the 9th to 15th-century Khmer Empire. Initially a Hindu temple, the site saw a religious and cultural shift into Buddhism.

Angkot Wat | Depositphotos

Machu Picchu, Peru

One of the Inca Empire's masterpieces, Machu Picchu, rises from a mountain forest to almost 8,000 ft. The highlight of South America is also a site of much curiosity as its exact purpose, and the reasons behind its abandonment remain a subject of scholarly debate.

Machu Picchu | Depositphotos

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza have long baffled scholars with its unbelievable architecture constructed 4,500 years ago. The structures are an astronomical wonder.

The Pyramids of Giza | Depositphotos

Great Wall, China

Built between the 3rd and 17th-century, the Great Wall of China stretches to about 21,196 km and is visited by more than ten million people annually. Interestingly, it's not a single continuous wall but a series of walls and fortifications.

The Great Wall of China | Depositphotos

Acropolis, Greece

The Acropolis in Athens comprises historically significant ruins, designed by renowned sculptors and architects. The Parthenon, initially a temple for Athena, later transformed into a church, mosque, and even an ammunition storage site.

Acropolis of Athen | Depositphotos

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza, a Mayan site over 1,000 years old, features stunning ancient carvings and the iconic 98 ft step pyramid, El Castillo, known for the serpent-shadow phenomenon during equinoxes.

El Castillo | Depositphotos

The Kremlin And Red Square, Russia

With centuries of history, the Kremlin and Red Square blend diverse architectural styles. Once a marketplace, Red Square houses landmarks like Saint Basil's Cathedral.

St.Basil's Cathedral | Depositphotos

Santiniketan, India

Established in West Bengal in 1901 by Rabindranath Tagore, Santiniketan is a residential art-based school and centre of art. It embodies a pan-Asian modernity, blending regional traditions, and diverging from British and European styles of the early 20th century.

Santiniketan, Kolkata | Shutterstock

Centre Of Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara, over 2,000 years old and a key Silk Road stop, was a mediaeval centre for Islamic culture and theology. It boasts 140 well-preserved architectural monuments, with the Samanid Mausoleum nearby as a standout.

Mosque in Bukhara | Depositphotos