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Acropolis Listed among 20 Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens, © Alfio Ferlito

The Acropolis in Athens is included once again on a list compiled by CNN that singles out 20 of the most beautiful and famous UNESCO World Heritage sites.

UNESCO’s World Heritage list currently has more than 1,000 sites to visit all over the world. The original list, compiled in 1978, included only 12 entries.

Every year, around 25 global sites deemed to have “outstanding universal value” are added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

New members to UNESCO’s prestigious list will be announced in June.

CNN’s pick is an update of the list it released last year.

The 20 most Beautiful World Heritage Sites, according to CNN are: Angkor (Cambodia), Acropolis (Greece), Bagan (Myanmar), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (Turkey), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Hampi (India), Iguazu National Park (Brazil and Argentina), Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina), Machu Picchu (Peru), Mont-Saint-Michel (France), Petra (Jordan), Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), Rapa Nui (Chile), Serengeti National Park (Tanzania), Sigiriya (Sri Lanka), Tulum (Mexico), Valletta (Malta), Venice and its lagoon (Italy) and Yellowstone National Park (United States).

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