120 Favorite UNESCO Sites, Part VI (101-120) – Countries with the Most Sites

Here is a list of countries with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites (as of August 2021):

  1. Italy (58 – 53 cultural, 5 natural)
  2. China (56) – it also has the highest number of unique sites (not shared with other countries)
  3. Germany (51)
  4. Spain (49)
  5. France (48 – 42 cultural, 5 natural, 1 mixed)
  6. India (40)
  7. Mexico (35)
  8. UK (34) – with 31 on the mainland and 3 in its overseas territories
  9. Russia (29 – 18 cultural, 11 natural)
  10. Iran (26 – 24 cultural, 2 natural)

(Note: The US, Brazil, and Japan also have over 20 UNESCO Sites each.)

Below is the final part of my recommended list of must-see World Heritage Sites:

101. Gulongyu (China, 2017)

102. Shaolin Temple (China, 2010)

103. Luoyang (China, 2014)

104. Roman Forum (Italy, 1980) – as part of the Historic Center of Rome

105. The Pantheon (Italy, 1980) – as part of the Historic Center of Rome

106. Castel Sant’Angelo (Italy, 1980) – as part of the Historic Center of Rome

107. Uffizi Gallery (Italy, 1982) – as part of the Historic Center of Florence

108. Fortified Town of Palmanova (Italy, 2017) – as part of Venetian Works of Defense

109. Mt. Fuji (Japan, 2013)

110. Bulguksa Temple (South Korea, 1995)

111. Tumuli Park (South Korea, 2000) – as part of the Historic Center of Gyeongju

112. Jeju Lava Tubes (South Korea, 2007) – as part of Volcanic Jeju

113. Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico, 1987) – as part of the Historic Center of Mexico City

114. Palacio Nacional (Mexico, 1987) – as part of the Historic Center of Mexico City

115. Hermitage Museum (Russia, 1990) – as part of the Historic Center of Saint Petersburg

116. Botanic Gardens (Singapore, 2015)

117. The Works of Antoni Gaudí (private homes in Barcelona) (Spain, 1984/2005)

118. Castlerigg Stone Circle (England, 2017) – as part of the English Lake District

119. St. Margaret’s Church (English, 1987) – as part of Westminster Abbey

120. Monticello (USA, 1987)

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