The World Heritage Sites that are too dangerous to visit

More than one in 20 Unesco World Heritage Sites – 65 in total – cannot be safely visited, according to the Foreign Office. 

Among the most notable are Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s Sinai region, the ruins of the Phoenician city of Baalbek in Lebanon, the ancient Roman ruins of Leptis Magna in Libya, and the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Damascus. 

Leptis Magna, Libya

Leptis Magna, Libya

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© stefano heusch

Others include the ruins of Carthage in Tunisia, Timbuktu in Mali, the Yemeni capita of Sana’a, and the Turkish city of Diyarbakır – one of the most recent additions to Unesco’s list, in 2015. 

The Foreign Office advises Britons against visiting the whole of 17 destinations and parts of a further 40. Here are all the World Heritage Sites that are currently off-limits:  

Afghanistan

Cultural (2)

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (2003)

Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam (2002)

Algeria

Mixed (1)

Tassili n’Ajjer (1982)

Burkina Faso

Cultural (1)

Ruins of Loropéni (2009)

Central African Republic

Natural (2)

Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (1988)

Sangha Trinational (2012)

Chad

Natural (1)

Lakes of Ounianga (2012)

Colombia

Natural (1)

Los Katíos National Park (1994)

Foreign Office advice

DRC

Natural (5)

Garamba National Park (1980)

Kahuzi-Biega National Park (1980)

Okapi Wildlife Reserve (1996)

Salonga National Park (1984)

Virunga National Park (1979)

Egypt

Cultural (1)

Saint Catherine Area (2002)

Natural (1)

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) (2005)

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Egypt

Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Egypt

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demerzel21 – Fotolia

Iraq

Cultural (4)

Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat) (2003)

Erbil Citadel (2014)

Hatra (1985)

Samarra Archaeological City (2007)

Iran

Cultural (2)

Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004)

Shahr-i Sokhta (2014)

Ivory Coast

Natural (1)

Taï National Park (1982)

Kenya

Cultural (1)

Lamu Old Town (2001)

Lebanon

Cultural (2)

Anjar (1984)

Baalbek (1984)

Baalbek, Lebanon

Baalbek, Lebanon

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hugy – Fotolia

Libya

Cultural (5)

Archaeological Site of Cyrene (1982)

Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna (1982)

Archaeological Site of Sabratha (1982)

Old Town of Ghadamès (1986)

Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus (1985)

Mauritania

Cultural (1)

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata (1996)

Natural (1)

Banc d’Arguin National Park (1989)

Mali

Cultural (3)

Old Towns of Djenné (1988)

Timbuktu (1988)

Tomb of Askia (2004)

Mixed (1)

Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) (1989)

Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu, Mali

Niger

Cultural (1)

Historic Centre of Agadez (2013)

Natural (2)

Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves (1991)

W National Park of Niger (1996)

Nigeria

Cultural (1)

Sukur Cultural Landscape (1999)

Pakistan

Cultural (2)

Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro (1980)

Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol (1980)

The Philippines

Natural (1)

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (2014)

Russia

Cultural (1)

Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent (2003)

Syria

Cultural (6)

Ancient City of Aleppo (1986)

Ancient City of Bosra (1980)

Ancient City of Damascus (1979)

Ancient Villages of Northern Syria (2011)

Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din (2006)

Site of Palmyra (1980)

Crac des Chevaliers, Syria

Crac des Chevaliers, Syria

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Tajikistan

Natural (1)

Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs) (2013)

Tunisia 

Cultural (7)

Amphitheatre of El Jem (1979)

Archaeological Site of Carthage (1979)

Dougga / Thugga (1997)

Kairouan (1988)

Medina of Sousse (1988)

Medina of Tunis (1979)

Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis (1985)

Natural (1)

Ichkeul National Park (1980)

Turkey

Cultural (1)

Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (2015)

Ukraine 

Cultural (1)

Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (2013)

Yemen

Cultural (3)

Historic Town of Zabid (1993)

Old City of Sana’a (1986)

Old Walled City of Shibam (1982)

Natural (1)

Socotra Archipelago (2008)

dark tourism

SOURCE:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/world-heritage-sites-too-dangerous-to-visit/

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