UNESCO sites in the Balkans

UNESCO’s* World Heritage List consists of 981 places around the globe that are unique treasures of nature and/or culture. These are “sites of outstanding cultural or natural value to humanity and are worthy of protection for future generations to know and enjoy.”** In the 10 countries meanderbug is currently covering, there are 47 heritage sites listed. While these locations are not even close to all that these countries have to offer, this list of UNESCO sites in the Balkans provide key highlights of the Balkan or South Europe region that we feature here on meanderbug.

(All sites below are cultural unless marked otherwise.)

Albania (2)

  • Butrint
  • Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

Bosnia and Herzegovina (2)

  • Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar
  • Mehmed Paša Sokolivić Bridge in Višegrad

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina - photo by Truman Yu

Croatia (7)

Plitvice waterfalls - meanderbug

Greece (17)

  • Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  • Acropolis, Athens
  • Archaeological Site of Delphi
  • Medieval City of Rhodes
  • Meteora (nature and culture)
  • Mount Athos (nature and culture)
  • Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika
  • Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
  • Archaeological Site of Mystras
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia
  • Delos
  • Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  • Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
  • Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)
  • Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns
  • The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos
  • Old Town of Corfu

Macedonia (listed as “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” FYROM) (1)

  • Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region (nature & cultural)

Montenegro (2)

Serbia (4)

  • Stari Ras and Sopoćani
  • Studenica Monastery
  • Medieval Monuments in Kosovo (in danger of losing designation)
  • Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius

Slovenia (3)

  • Škocjan Caves (nature)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
  • Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

View of Kotor while heading up to St. John's Fortress

*   The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
** World Heritage Map, 2013-2014

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