World Heritage Monuments in danger

Posted by on March 18, 2014

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The UNESCO World Heritage Sites belong to the list of most popular sites in the world. These wonders of nature and human annually attracts tens of thousands of tourists, who, unfortunately, contribute to erosion and often partial destruction. What are these parts and why tourists should stop visiting them? Discover them below.

Easter Island, Chile

The Polynesian island located 2,200 miles west of Chile hosts 887 colossal statues made of volcanic rocks. The largest of these weighs 70 tons and has a height of about 9 meters. More than 50,000 tourists, that is eleven times the number of the inhabitants, flock to this remote area. Guests see the statues up close and sometimes climb over them, causing further erosion, beyond that caused by weather conditions.

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

Machu Picchu, Peru

In a magnificent top, the ruins of a thriving city in the 15th century, giving information about the history of the Inca civilization. The large number of visitors to Machu Picchu has led to soil erosion and destruction of vegetation.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

The Great Wall of China

Dominating in 11 provinces of China grandiose Great Wall is one of the monuments that every traveler dreams to visit. The 10 million visitors annually to the Great Wall sections have covered with graffiti, and have stolen stones have destroyed parts, which can no longer be repaired.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

The holy city of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has 220 historical monuments, including the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall. Jerusalem was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage in 1982, partly due to the volume of tourists, since 2012 alone, the city hosted 3.5 million travelers.

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

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By Nicole P.

World Heritage Monuments photos: Bill Lee, Travel Asia, rkropfl, gyliu.

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