UNESCO, an arm of the United Nations, has established a list of the World Heritage Sites, the Earth’s most significant places, based on historical, cultural, and aesthetic considerations. These places should be preserved so that all mankind can appreciate their legacy, their significance, and their beauty.
England and the other countries of the United Kingdom contain a total of almost thirty sites designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. This is an area fraught with history since England and the British Empire have figured so prominently in Western Civilization. This is the second installment of sites from these countries.
Tower of London — This infamous place has been a prison, a place of execution, a royal residence, an armory, and is now a museum. It has lived through most of English history and has participated in much of it. Let the Beefeater’s reveal its secrets as you tour the mighty grounds.
Canterbury Cathedral — Another place in England which has participated in its share of English history is Canterbury Cathedral. Recall the controversy with the Papacy when Henry VIII decided to leave the church and form his own religion.
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh — Edinburgh’s Old Town constitutes basically the length and breadth of the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The New Town centers on Princes Street which runs parallel to the Royal Mile (Walking Tour available for $1.49 on website).
Historic Town of St George, Bermuda — The adorable village of St George is the oldest part of Bermuda. Much of its ambiance as an English colony has been preserved for tourists.