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The Wanderlust Wonderlist: World Heritage Sites in Western Europe (As Seen By The Community)

From the historic buildings of Austria and Germany, to the romantic castles and fortresses of France, and to the mysterious rock formations along the bay of Northern Island, the western region of Europe certainly has a lot of impressive sites to boast about! Take a look at this edition of the Wanderlust Wonderlist!

Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Date of Inscription: 1996

“Salzburg has managed to preserve an extraordinarily rich urban fabric, developed over the period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century when it was a city-state ruled by a prince-archbishop. Its Flamboyant Gothic art attracted many craftsmen and artists before the city became even better known through the work of the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santini Solari, to whom the centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance.”

La Grand-Place, Brussels

Locations: Brussels, Belgium
Date of Inscription: 1998

“La Grand-Place in Brussels is a remarkably homogeneous body of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century. The architecture provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre.”

Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

Location: Aude, France
Date of Inscription: 1997

“Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral.”

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

Location: Manche, France
Date of Inscription: 1979

“Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the ‘Wonder of the West’, a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls.”

Cologne Cathedral

Location: Cologne, Germany
Date of Inscription: 1996

“Begun in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880. […] Apart from its exceptional intrinsic value and the artistic masterpieces it contains, Cologne Cathedral testifies to the enduring strength of European Christianity.”

Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

Location: County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Date of Inscription: 1986

“The Giant’s Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the sea coast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea.[…] Geological studies of these formations over the last 300 years have greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences, and show that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity during the Tertiary, some 50–60 million years ago.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming wonderlists about the World Heritage Sites! In the meantime, you can read more about them in the official UNESCO World Heritage Committee website.

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