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International Day For Monuments & Sites

Every day around the world, people celebrate their cultural heritage by showing their true, authentic selves. At the same time, every year there is a day to celebrate the heritage of all humanity. It is celebrated on April 18 to raise awareness about preserving the history, diversity and vulnerability of World Heritage sites and monuments. It is also intended to recognize the efforts of all relevant organizations in this field. These include architects, engineers, geographers, civil engineers, artists, and archeologists. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has done tremendous work in this regard, and it is also a true celebration of their efforts.

The theme of World Heritage Day 2022 is "Cultural Heritage and Climate." World Heritage Day can be celebrated as follows: Communities can post pictures, collect information, and prepare videos on how to preserve our cultural past. We can encourage communities in our respective countries to participate and share our messages with our families and friends through social media using hashtags. Expert talks, webinars, and podcasts on topics related to cultural heritage. Discussions and virtual tours of famous monuments.

Top 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

1. Angkor Wat

The largest religious temple in the world, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, is a temple complex originally dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu that was converted into a Buddhist temple in the late 12th century. Built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire, the temple embodies the classic Khmer architectural style and is also depicted on the Cambodian flag.

2. Machu Picchu

A trip to Peru is not complete without a hike to Machu Picchu. At nearly 8,000 feet, this citadel is a sight to behold. Located where the Andes meet the Amazon basin, the natural beauty of the structure is unparalleled. Walking among the clouds, you will discover varied landscapes and diverse flora and fauna.

3. Sigiriya

The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is a magnificent fortress and temple complex on a volcanic plateau. This breathtaking site, also called the eighth wonder of the world, is at the top of the Dambulla and Sigiriya sightseeing list. The main entrance is in the shape of a giant stone lion whose feet have withstood the ravages of time.

4. Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum built between 1632 and 1653 in the city of Agra. It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River and was commissioned by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty. The imposing complex of buildings was erected in honor of his favorite wife, who died giving birth to their fourteenth child. It is estimated that the construction required 20,000 workers.

5. Cinque Terre

'Cinque Terre' means 'Five Lands' in Italian. It is a rugged stretch of coastline on the Italian Riviera. The five popular villages of Cinque Terre include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Due to their scenic beauty, hiking trails and unspoiled architecture, all of these villages have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

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