The Countries With The Most UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Out of all countries, Italy boasts the most World Heritage Sites with 54 in total. Most of them are cultural and some of the best known are Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli (home to the famous leaning tower), and the archeological remains of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata. China is in second place with 53 while Spain comes third with 47.
The U.S. kicked off its own list in 1978 when the Meda Verde National Park and Yellowstone National Park were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In October of last year, both the U.S. and Israel announced that they would be withdrawing from UNESCO, citing "continuing anti-Israel bias". The withdrawal will come into effect on the 31st of December.
This chart shows the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites by country in September 2018.