The United Nations is known for many things—namely for its aid and humanitarian efforts—but less so for the work it does in preserving cultural heritage. UNESCO, which stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, does just that.

UNESCO has several responsibilities under its belt, but it has become most famous for its task of designating World Heritage Sites. These are places (both natural and manmade) that have been deemed to be culturally significant as part of our human heritage. It contains the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Taj Mahal and dozens of other obvious monuments and places we are all familiar with. However, there are over 1,000 heritage sites across the world and some of them are sure to surprise you.

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20 Fascinating But Little-Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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Radu Alexander
Radu is a freelance writer who specializes in historical, scientific and offbeat topics.
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