Stonehenge

Stonehenge

I have taken a small break from my blog while I enjoyed Christmas at home, but now it is business as usual. The last month things have been all up in the air while I moved from Lapland to Helsinki and before my feet touched the ground I was off to the UK for Christmas.

While being home in the UK I have been able to make a few trips and one of the latest has been to Stonehenge. Outside of London the 5000 year old stone circle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and a World Heritage Site. Even though we know a large amount about Stonehenge most of it is still our best guest.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is an agency of the United Nations with its purpose to contribute to peace and security by promoting science, culture and education.. UNESCO overseas many different projects but the one I want to concentrate on is their involvement in World Heritage Sites.

UNESCO assists in protecting World Heritage Sites, these are sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance. There are just over 1000 listed sites across 195 member states with Italy ranking the highest with 51 sites. These sites fall under the categories cultural, natural and mixed.

Recently the organisation has been criticised as recent events in Syria led to the destruction of ancient sites and there was little they could do to stop it. Its not only these factors that effect World Heritage Sites. Though the site is protected the area surrounding it is often over developed to accommodate the amount of tourists that UNESCO World Heritage Site label brings.

Does the UNESCO label effect your travel decisions? Is visiting a World Heritage Site important to you?

UNESCO Gallery