The United Kingdom's World Heritage Sites
Posted by Dan | Sep 19th, 2021 - 9:21pm
World Heritage Sites is a designation used to help identify sites with some kind of significance, whether that be scientific, historic, cultural or anything else that may be deserving of note. The goal of these sites is to help preserve these irreplaceable locations for future generations, by providing support to sites in danger, training for staff and support for public awareness activities to make sure people can enjoy these amazing places. We have a wonderful collection of World Heritage Sites considering our isles small stature - but can you recognise these 10 World Heritage Sites by description alone? If you wish to learn more about the heritage sites around the world then head over to the UNESCO website to learn more.
This heritage site encompasses a section of cliffs and rock formations that span the Mesozoic Era, some 185 million years of the earth's history. The fossil sites and geomorphologic features have been a part of scientific studies for over 300 years. This heritage site encompasses sections of the Jurassic Coast, taking a trip here will allow you to see such wonder spots as Durdle Door, Gad Cliff, Lyme Bay and The Spittles - but which section of our coast are we talking about?
You will need to take a trip to one of our nation's capitals to see this next heritage site. This massive white tower is an example of Norman military architecture, built by William the Conqueror to protect this city and assert his power; the tower was developed into an imposing fortress which has many layers of history and has become a symbol of royalty. Which tower is it?
Time to take another look at a spectacular bit of coastline - this one is recognisable for its black basalt columns sticking out of the sea from beyond its basalt cliffs. Approximately 40,000 stacks fill the area, making for a dramatic sight that has inspired legends of mythical creatures striding over the sea to a nearby neighbouring nation. It is not just about beauty though, this landscape is a mark of ancient volcanic activity approximately 50-60 million years ago! An amazing bit of geological history, but where does this refer to?
The Old and New Towns of this national capital form two distinct areas; the old town is dominated by a medieval fortress and the new town is a neoclassical development from the 18th century onwards which had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The city is given a unique character thanks to these juxtaposing sectors. From Cockburn Street in the old town to Bute House in the new town, there is plenty to see in this wonderful capital - but which capital is it?
If you want to identify this next location you will need to look for the towering mountains, deep valley and numerous lakes. The land, sculpted by glaciers and then further shaped by agro-pastoral land-use gives a combined harmonious landscape in which mountains are mirrored by the lakes. The landscape is further complimented by grand houses, gardens and parks which have been captured alongside the beautiful landscapes by painters, drawings and words. From Windermere to Derwentwater, and Scarfell Pike to Helvellyn, this heritage site and national park is a spectacular sight to behold. Its contribution to culture and natural beauty is unmistakable, but which heritage site is this?
An impressive archaeological site instantly recognisable in both name and design - these amazing megaliths are amongst the most famous in the world. The two sanctuaries consist of circles of menhirs, arranged in patterns whose astronomical importance is still being explored to this day. These holy sites and nearby Neolithic sites are a significant symbol of prehistoric times, they have to be seen to be believed. These mystical spots attract festivals and hippie collectives throughout the year, but which location are we talking about?
This city was founded by the Romans as a thermal spa and would be developed into the centre of the wool industry by the middle ages. By the 18th century, under George III, the city was developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings which blend seamlessly with the original Roman structures. But which city is it?
The Church of England has been operating since 1534, with one specific location acting as the seat of the spiritual head of the church. The archbishop of the church may well operate out of the main Cathedral here, but there are several significant sites within this area including St Augustine's Abbey, St Martin's Church and Christ Church Cathedral. This spot in Kent is obviously a significant part of the Church of England, but which cathedral forms the centre of the heritage site?
Our final stop is a beautiful landscape garden that takes in elements to illustrate significant periods of the art of gardens from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Throughout the century the gardens house botanic collections have been considerably enriched, helping to converse plants and documents. As a result, the gardens have made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to the study of botany and plant diversity. The main site of these gardens would see direct influence from the crown due to the royal residences in the area, beginning in 1299 when Edward I moved to the area and began construction. But which gardens have earned the prestigious title of World Heritage Site?
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