Architecture

Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles dominate the World Heritage list

A quick search on the list and descriptions of all enlisted World Heritage sites (UNESCO) will give you around 100 mentions of the word “Gothic”, even more for “Baroque”. This is indicative of the extent of monuments – built heritage of European origin – located mainly in Europe, obviously, but also in Central and South America and Asia. There are numerous other styles of architecture on the World Heritage list, such as the enormous dagobas in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, Buddhist or Hindu monuments and constructions built by the Romans, but few styles are as ubiquitous as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

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