The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

There are over a thousand UNESCO World Heritage sites. (See map here with photos: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/)

I have coloured the sites I have visited in blue in the map below. This list links to my geotagged photos of some of them:

 

 

 

The map below shows my manually geotagged photos from Ayutthaya in 2006 ('Mouse-over' the camera icons on the map to see the photos, or over the list on the right).

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You can explore Ayutthaya through Google Streetview:

 

Hampi, also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in east-central Karnataka, India. It became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital in the 14th century. Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, state Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. By 1500 CE, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal. The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by a coalition of Muslim sultanates; its capital was conquered, pillaged and destroyed by sultanate armies in 1565, after which Hampi remained in ruins.

The map below shows my geotagged photos from Hampi in November 2017 ('Mouse-over' the camera icons on the map to see the photos, or over the list on the right), which I explored by bicycle and on foot over two days.

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You can explore Hampi through Google Streetview:

 

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