Take a Virtual Tour of These Five Famous UNESCO Sites
But many of those tours are underwhelming. They don’t work, or it’s simply too hard to locate the 360-degree imagery.
To remedy that, here are five easy-to-navigate tours of inspirational UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.
Tiptoe across Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
With China apparently succeeding (for now) at containing Covid-19, locals and tourists have been unable to venture to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, part of the breathtaking Wulingyuan UNESCO site in the country’s Hunan province.
China’s Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is one of the longest and highest glass bridges in the world.
Scale the Andes to See Machu Picchu
Speaking of heights, with its stunning stone architecture, stellar Andean mountain views and mysterious history, Machu Picchu has long been the top tourist destination in Peru, if not all of South America.
Constructed in the mid-15th century by the Inca people and nestled 7,970 feet above sea level, these archaeological ruins are an engineering marvel. Machu Picchu was voted one of the new seven wonders of the world in a recent Internet poll.
Peru’s Machu Picchu comprises over 150 buildings, including houses, baths and sanctuaries.
Go inside the Sydney Opera House
A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007, the Jørn Utzon-designed Sydney Opera House in Australia is an architectural masterpiece. Construction on the iconic shells, which house multiple performing arts venues, first began in 1959 and was finally completed in 1973.
In response to an intentional design competition, 233 designs were submitted for the Opera House. The design by Denmark’s Jørn Utzon was chosen, though he later quit the project over timing and budgetary concerns.
Roam the Streets of Old Québec City
As far as cultural treasures go, Canada’s historic Old Québec City — one of the oldest colonial settlements in North America since its founding in 1608 — is an underappreciated gem. The historic district was designated a UNESCO-site in 1995.
This virtual tour, courtesy of Québec City’s Office of Tourism, offers the uninitiated the chance to go back in time and experience the splendor of what is the most thoroughly European metropolis to grace that side of the Atlantic.
Explore the Temples of Angkor Wat
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple is a wonder to behold. Built in the early 12th century by the Khmer Empire as a Hindu temple, this enormous sandstone complex was converted into a Buddhist center of worship decades later and has remained that way ever since.
A Cambodian monk explores the fallen stones and tangled roots of Ta Prohm, one of the most famous temples in the Angkor Wat temple complex.
Renowned for its classical Khmer architecture, the main temple of Angkor Wat (meaning “Temple City” in the Khmer language) features religious monuments, lotus bud-like towers, shrines, galleries and bas-reliefs surrounded by a moat and wall meant to echo the surrounding mountain range.
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