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Visualizing the global distribution of world heritage sites

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This site provides a high-level view of world heritage sites from the UNESCO World Heritage List dataset. It offers an abstracted geographical perspective of the distribution of sites across the world counted by number of sites or land area per country. A histogram shows the distribution of sites by land area. The map and histogram can be filtered by category and by country.

Data for this project comes from UNESCO's Official World Heritage List dataset, downloaded from UNESCO official site. The data used in this project has not been updated since April 2016.

Filter the map to show total land area of sites per country or total number of sites per country.

The histogram and the map can be filtered by type of site: all, cultural, natural, or mixed.

Select a country from the list to update the histogram to show the distribution of land area of sites for that country and highlight the country on the map.