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.
Stonehenge — This mysterious gathering of boulders on the Salisbury Plain dates to approximately 2,000 – 3,000 BC, making it 4 to 5 thousand years old! The thought that it was used as an astronomical observatory that far back in history is truly amazing. What is also amazing is that these stones were transported to this location from some 50 or more miles away, a seemingly gargantuan feat. There is also evidence that the area was used for cremation. Will we ever know the truth?
Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, etc. — This incredible complex on the banks of the Thames is the center of British government and the heart and soul of its people. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation location for English royalty for hundreds of years. In addition, it has become the final resting place for what can be described as the “best of Britain.”
City of Bath — Bath began as a Roman town in about 60 AD, known for its soothing and beneficial waters. The Romans built an elaborate Bath here which still stands today and is one of the city’s major attractions.
Besides the Ancient Roman aspect, Bath is celebrated for its Georgian architecture and the Bath Abbey, one of England’s most exquisite churches.
Hadrian’s Wall (Frontiers of the Roman Empire) — The most northern limit of the Roman Empire is marked in England by a 75-mile wall, named for the Emperor Hadrian who commissioned it.