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World Heritage Gallery

UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other historic marvels from around the world

Choose from 24 images in our World Heritage collection.

Cairo Citadel, Egypt EGP_22663_06 Featured World Heritage Image

Cairo Citadel, Egypt EGP_22663_06

Cairo Citadel, Egypt. Also known as the Saladin Citadel after the Ayyubid ruler Salah-al-Din, who ordered its construction. Completed in 1183-4 CE it remained the seat of government for Egypt until the 1860s. Now part of the Historic Cairo World Heritage Site. Photographed from 3000 feet in December 1918, this image occupies half of a glass plate negative

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Nimrud, Iraq XAWC11429 Featured World Heritage Image

Nimrud, Iraq XAWC11429

Nimrud, Nineveh Governorate, Iraq. Vertical aerial photograph of the ancient tell near Noomanea village thought by local tradition to have been the city of "Nimrod". Calah, or Kalhu, was the capital of the Assyrian Empire in the 9th and 8th centuries BCE. It thrived from the 13th century BCE to its destruction by the enemies of Assyria in the late 7th century BCE. Archaeologists have been excavating here since the 1840s, notably Austin Henry Layard

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