• UNESCO adds 19 new names to its World Heritage List

    2013-07-02

    UNESCO's World Heritage List has long been recognized as one of the best collections of the world's most impressive landmarks, and the organization recently added some new names to the list. The 19 locations were chosen out of a possible 34 contenders and feature spots in countries ranging from Italy and China to Fiji and Japan. All of the included sites are worth a visit, but there are several in particular that stand above the rest.

    Mount Etna
    Located on the eastern side of Sicily, Mount Etna was one of two Italian landmarks added to the list. At nearly 11,000 feet, the mountain is the tallest in the Mediterranean island and is also considered to be among the most active volcanoes in the world. As a result, it has become a large tourist draw for anyone visiting Italy. There are a number of ways to experience Mount Etna, but one of the most popular is through a cable? car that brings you to an elevation of about 9,500 feet, where you can view one of several craters open to visitors.

    University of Coimbra
    This Portuguese school has been a part of the country's DNA since the late 13th century, and it remains one of the oldest continually operated university's in the world. Aside from its impressive history, the University of Coimbra is also home to a large number of notable buildings. Among the must-see destinations on the campus are the Cathedral of Santa Cruze and a building that was formerly the Alcaçova Palace.

    Hill Forts of Rajasthan
    The mountainous region in western India is home to some of the most rugged landscapes in the region, which is what makes the Hill Forts of Rajasthan so impressive. These cliff side forts date from the seventh century all the way up to the 20th century and encompass a wide variety of architectural styles. The largest of them all is Chittorgarh Fort, which is spread over an area of about 691 acres and stands approximately 590 feet above the ground below. The forts are not the only impressive buildings in the region. According to CNN, there are also stunning palaces, trading centers and temples located behind the defensive walls.

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