Definition of World Heritage Site noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


World Heritage Site

BrE BrE//ˌwɜːld ˈherɪtɪdʒ saɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwɜːrld ˈherɪtɪdʒ saɪt//
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a natural or man-made place that is recognized as having great international importance and is therefore protected Culture These places are included on an official list produced by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. Places are chosen for the list because they are considered to be 'of outstanding universal value', often for historical reasons, and are therefore preserved. There are several in Britain, including Hadrian's Wall, Stonehenge, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. World Heritage Sites in the US include Grand Canyon National Park, Independence Hall and the Statue of Liberty.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: World Heritage Site