There are many countries that have a rich history and culture. But there are those with cultural heritage that permeates and inspires awe and a wide array of reactions from the uninitiated. From majestic ancient ruins to well-preserved and stunning mausoleums, here are some of the culturally richest countries in the world.
China is touted to be one of the Four Ancient Civilizations that include Babylon, Egypt, and India. It is a country with over three thousand years of history and steeped with traditions. It is also home to more than thirty cultural heritage sites that include the Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains, Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Historic Centre of Macau, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Terracotta Army), Old Town of Lijiang, the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, the Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor, the Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven among others.
French culture and cultural heritage has a long and rich history. From architecture to the arts, France has contributed to the development of culture as we know it today. The country boasts of thirty-eight cultural heritage sites like the Bourges Cathedral, Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims; Chartres Cathedral, Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay, Palace and Park of Versailles; Paris, Banks of the Seine; Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley, and more.
India is an ancient civilization that has one of the richest cultures in the world. It is also brimming with traditions that have been well-preserved in hundreds of years. The country boasts of cultural gems like its twenty seven cultural heritages sites including the Agra Fort, the Churches and Convents of Goa, the Elephanta Caves, the Hill Forts of Rajasthan, the Mountain Railways of India, the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Taj Mahal, and The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur among others.
Iran’s customs and traditions are a reflection of the country’s rich Persian culture. Cultural heritage sites abound in the country that not many people have yet to see including the Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, Bam and its Cultural Landscape, Golestan Palace, Meidan Emam in Esfahan, Persepolis, Tchogha Zanbil, and The Persian Garden among many others.
The Stonehenge is one of the world’s wonders. It dates back to the Neolithic times and remain to be one of the top attractions in the UK. But beyond this awe-inspiring and mysterious site are many other cultural heritage sites like the City of Bath, Durham Castle and Cathedral, the Maritime Greenwich; Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church; the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, and the Tower of London (1988) among others.