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Hey, You Can Now Go On a Virtual Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

Thanks to the #ShareOurHeritage campaign, we can now visit the world's most popular places — virtually!

If there’s one pre-COVID thing many of us miss doing, it would probably be going outside and seeing the world. Unfortunately, even with quarantine protocols easing, leisure activities and travels are still not allowed.

But this doesn’t mean that we can’t explore the ‘outside world’ even with the quarantines and lockdowns in place. Thanks to technology, we can now travel to all corners of the world with just a click on our phones or laptops! (Read: 5 Virtual Museums You Can Check Out While in Quarantine)

Among those that are offering virtual tours is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through their #ShareOurHeritage campaign, UNESCO is bringing everyone on a tour of World Heritage Sites through Google’s Arts and Culture platform!

Here are three sites you can visit today:

World Heritage Sites Online: Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás

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Church of Nossa Senhora da Abadia – Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás (Photo from the collection of UNESCO World Heritage)

According to UNESCO, the Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás in Brazil is a testament to the colonization of Central Brazil in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its architecture adapts to the town’s landscape, including its mining areas.

Goiás is also a center of religion as Fogaréu, an early morning procession done every Holy Thursday, has been held in the town since 1745! Check out the virtual exhibition here.

World Heritage Sites Online: Roman Walls of Lugo

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Roman Walls of Lugo (Photo from the collection of UNESCO World Heritage)

The Roman Walls of Lugo in Spain were built during the third and fourth centuries AD, during the reign of the Roman Empire. It served as a defense wall for the city of Lugo, and is made with slate, granite, with some lime mortar.

The walls stretch to about 2117 meters, and has varying heights between eight and 10 meters! UNESCO calls the walls “an exceptional architectural, archaeological, and constructive legacy of Roman engineering.” Visit the virtual exhibition here.

World Heritage Sites Online: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

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Yongmeori coast – Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes (Photo from the collection of UNESCO World Heritage)

The Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes in the Republic of Korea remind us of how beautiful the world can be if we don’t disrupt its natural processes. The site has luscious green surroundings, clear blue waters, and encompasses South Korea’s tallest mountain, Mount Halla.

Oh, it also serves as home to incredible women divers (most of whom are in their 80s) who dive up to 10 meters without the aid of oxygen! See the Jeju Volcanic Island in all its glory here.

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