Throughout human existence, there had been sites throughout the world that attest to the power of the works of man and the power of human nature. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization had listed more than 1,000 World Heritage Sites and is adding to the list. Despite there being many such sites even in a single country, there are others that aren’t as famous but are great to visit, such as the following 4 lesser known World Heritage Sites:
1. Amphitheatre of El Jem
Located in El Djem, Tunisia, the Amphitheatre of El Jem is one of the most well-preserved and largest amphitheaters in the world, especially unique to Africa. Reminiscent of the Colosseum, the amphitheatre was built around 238 A.D. and had hosted gladiator contests and came to many other uses throughout its existence. It’s built on flat ground using stone blocks, and can seat 35,000 spectators. It had served as a fortress during the Middle Ages for people seeking protection from invaders, and had since been a site for shops, grain storage, and saltpetre manufacture.
2. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular travel destinations in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. The stunning scene on the Gulf of Tonkin has an area of 1,553 km2, featuring 1,960–2,000 islets, the core of which contains highly dense islets. The limestone karsts and isles come in all shapes and sizes. The limestone took more than 500 million years to form, with the karsts taking 20 million years. The beauty of Ha Long Bay had inspired and had seen the presence of generations. With its biodiversity, beaches, and lakes, Ha Long Bay is a treasure for its inhabitants and tourists.
3. Antequera Dolmens Site
At the heart of Spain’s Andalusia, the Antequera Dolmens Site is made up five monuments dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages: megalithic monuments Menga and Viera dolmens and the Tholos of El Romeral, and natural monuments La Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal mountainous formations.
The man-made structures are remarkable examples of pre historical European architecture and of Megalithism. Menga and Viera and El Romeral with their lintelled roofs and false cupolas respectively form spaces and chambers, and are used for both rituals and funerary purposes. With their orientation towards the mountains, the Antequera Dolmens Site is one of the prime examples of the beauty of nature and human works.
4. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
One small community in eastern Canada, along the coast of Nova Scotia, is the site of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, which date to more than 300 million years ago. The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are the world’s most complete record of life in the coal age. In fact, the site has been called “coal age Galápagos” due to the number of fossils from the Carboniferous period, and is an excellent record of the Pennsylvanian strata. The World Heritage Site is valued for its remains of early animal life and for the rocks and the three ecosystems that make up its landscape.
The list goes on, though with these listed World Heritage Sites, travellers know where to start.
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