Why World Heritage
Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the Roman ruïns on the North-African shore, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Himalayan National parks, and the tempels of Angkor make up our world’s heritage. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all of us – to enjoy, experience, and protect. You can help protect the natural and cultural wonders of the world; explore the majesty of these places, recognized for their “outstanding value to humanity” under UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention; and experience for yourself the marvels of our World Heritage by visiting the sites.