UNESCO World Heritage Sites every photographer should visit
From temples and pyramids to mountains and glaciers, these World Heritage sites should be on every photographer's bucket list
Remarkably diverse, delicate, and threatened. The way to encapsulate 1,092 unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites on every continent except Antarctica. Most are on the list because of their cultural significance, some are natural wonders, but they all have one thing in common; They are great places for photography that any photographer should consider visiting.
These places list some of the most photogenic places on Earth so that UNESCO's ever-growing list of World Heritage Sites is something of a bucket list for many photographers.
There is a small section of sightseeing on offer here ... just make sure you get there before the crowds arrive.
1. Mont Saint-Michel, France
Hunt for a reflection. That's why any trip to take a picture of one of France's most iconic places. On an island some distance off the northwest coast of Normandy, there is a causeway that connects it to the mainland. Note that it is rarely surrounded by water; This only happens during spring when full and new moons are 36 to 48 hours later (this is the highest tide in continental Europe, so be careful). It also has a distinctly other-worldly form during high water, so it is worth researching to go.
2. Memphis and its Necropolis, Egypt
What about the pyramid? A UNESCO World Heritage Site called Memphis and its necropolis covers all the Fury monuments, including the Sphinx, in the Pyramid Fields of Ginza. Possibly the most iconic of all UNESCO listed buildings, the main one is the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as Khufu, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. There are two other pyramids, Khafre and Mancure. They are right on the shores of Cairo, so one option is to capture their urban setting, which most tourists try to ignore. Another is to get them in silhouette against the sunset, although photography is not allowed inside the pyramid. If you want to image the Orion correlation theory - the pyramids that align with the three stars in Orion's belt - run between December and March.
3. Taj Mahal, India
As with many UNESCO sites, there is a classic shot at the Taj Mahal that everyone goes to; The straight-on shot with Taj is reflected in his pond. So why not for that? It's boring, why it is, and with just a little effort you can take something more creative. As soon as the site opens (about 30 minutes before sunrise) run into the main temple and you will see yourself in all kinds of angles on the tombs, as well as the two temples that blow the Taj. You will find packs of stray dogs from India and around the world as well as brightly dressed tourists. To get another unusual angle on the crown go to the black marble 'Black Taj' opposite the banks of the river.
4. The Ancient City of Qalhat, Oman
Setting the ancient mausoleum in a crumbling medieval port city on the Indian Ocean is one of UNESCO's latest World Heritage Sites, designated only this summer. The main site is the 11th century mausoleum of Bibi Maryam, a mausoleum situated on a hilltop overlooking the Indian Ocean. It came on its way back from China in the 13th century by Marco Polo. It is close to the equally notable Wadi Shab and the quaint Bimah Sinkhole.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
The Lost City of Incas is now one of the world's busiest tourist honeypot destinations. Now over 1.2 million from 100,000 visitors per year in the 1980s, it is so difficult to avoid congestion. However, the award is huge; There are few more scenic places than the crumbling bastion draped over the mountain ridge with the Huayna / Wayna Picchu peak in the background. This requires some serious effort, but the best approach is to stop the Inca Trail before tourists arrive, which will ensure you enter the Sun Gate before sunrise. Tourists are allowed to go at dawn, and it is really worth getting there early. Want an unusual shot? Get one of the 200 tickets per day to climb Huayna Picchu to get an alternative viewpoint… but only if you have a head for the heights.
6. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Those wishing to venture a little deeper into South America, Machu Picchu will discover some real gems, one of which is Los Glacier National Park in Patagonia, Argentina. Home to some truly large-scale glaciers, perhaps the best known is Perito Moreno, whose dramatic snowfall in Lake Argentina is an iconic sight. The 37-mile-long Uppsala Glacier may require a wide-angle lens, while the sight of the jagged summit of El Shatten above the mountain at Mount Fijit Roy is a more dramatic view.
7. Chaco Culture National Historical Park, USA
The us Ancient historical places are not easily missed when thinking about - especially since the U.S. Has pulled out of UNESCO in 2017 - and yet it holds some prestigious sights. Its 23 includes several national parks, including the magnificent Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Along with being Dark Sky Park, it is one of the darkest places in America - it is home to some ancient urban ceremonial ruins of the ninth century, and offers some incredible trails ideal for photographers.
8. Easter Island, Chile
This remote island in the South Pacific has its own charm. The island's towering boulders, known as moai, are inland from every beach and are said to stare at the stars. 2,000 miles from mainland South America, the island's mostly rocky beaches and spectacular blue, calm waters are carved out by lava formations. Also 887 Moai, which are clustered into smaller groups on a formal platform known as ahu. They are the last surviving evidences of the indigenous Rapa Nui culture, which are victims of deforestation, civil war, raids by slave ships and disease. By the middle of the nineteenth century Easter Island was virtually deserted - hence the mystery surrounding Moi, which by then was completely shattered. Their significance is unknown… but they are in silhouette, together in groups, topped the ground…, the opportunities are endless.
9. Dolomites, Italy
These 18 awesome peaks located in the north-east of Italy have really made a name for themselves with landscape photographers over the years. It is the highest peak of the Alpine region at 3,343 meters high Marmolada, from which incredible views are seen, while a circular trail around the three jagged peaks of the tray crime is another must. Although they are grouped as a UNESCO designation, the Dolomites actually include several different national parks. There are plenty of amazing places to move around with the camera which is worth doing some serious research into shooting locations in the Dolomites.
10. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
The red rock of Uluru - once known as the rock of Ayer - attracts the attention of tourists, but the entire red center of Australia's northern region is a photographer's dream. It is difficult to achieve anything other than the cliché shot of Uluru, but getting in position at sunrise and sunset will give you a chance to fight. Other attractions in the nearby area include Ditto, Kata Tajuta - also known as Olgas - which hosts 36 giant stone domes that are about 500 million years old. If you find yourself in this area, try camping; The night sky is nothing short of the world's best. Get a wide-angle lens, a tripod, and a lot of SD cards.