Its list already boasts icons including the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China.
But following their annual meeting in Krakow, Poland, UNESCO officials have added 21 new destinations to their definitive rundown of World Heritage sites.
The prestigious accolade has now been extended to a range of places; from Brazil, Poland, Denmark and Russia, to France, Cambodia and Germany.
These additions bring the total of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to a staggering 1,073.
Although they differ in their credentials, each site is geographically or historically unique in the footprint it has left on earth.
Here, MailOnline Travel presents a selection of stunning images which capture the marvel of the latest additions.
The Sambor Prei Kuk temple zone, Cambodia
Tree-mendous! The Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia, translates to mean ‘the temple in the richness of the forest’
The Sacred Island of Okinoshima, Japan
Untouched: A remote island in southwestern Japan, this landmass is deemed so sacred that women are not allowed to set foot on it
Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town, Palestine
Ancient: The area’s old town was constructed from limestone during the Mamluk period between 1250 and 1517
The Lake District, England
UK addition: Windermere in the Lake District has also been added to the list after years of campaigners urging UNESCO to do so
Venetian Works of Defence, Croatia, Italy and Montenegro
Sprawling: This property consists of 15 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, spanning more than 620 miles between the Lombard region of Italy and the eastern Adriatic Coast
Los Alerces National Park, Patagonia
Scenic: Los Alerces National park in Patagonia, Argentina, has some of the last remaining portions of continuous Patagonian Forest
The city of Yazd, Iran
Extreme climate: UNESCO declared that this settlement bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert
Historic: Named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, these city streets are arranged around several large civic structures, which include temples, a theatre, an agora, and two bath complexes
The Tarnowskie Gory mine, Poland
Corridors: This lead-silver-zinc mine in Poland still has shafts, galleries and a sanitation system. Most of the site is situated underground while the surface mining topography features the remains of the 19th century steam water pumping station
Caves of the Swabian Jura, Germany
Early man: Modern humans first arrived in Europe 43,000 years ago during the last ice age, and one of the areas where they took up residence was the Swabian Jura, here in southern Germany
Qinghai Hoh Xil, China
Snow-capped: Qinghai Hoh Xil is the largest and highest plateau in the world. This extensive area of alpine mountains and steppe systems is situated more than 14,700 feet above sea level, where sub-zero average temperatures prevail all year-round
Jumbled homes: Every year, millions of tourists flock to this small, pedestrian-only island for its unique culture and subtropical scenery
Melting pot: The city’s capital city, Asmara, is known for eclectic architecture ranging from art deco cinemas to Futurist buildings
Valongo Wharf, Brazil
Checkered past: Millions of slaves from Africa took their first steps in Brazil through these stones of Valongo Wharf
Mbanza Kongo, Angola
Pastures green: The town of Mbanza Kongo was the political and spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Kongo, one of the largest constituted states in Southern Africa from the 14th to 19th centuries
Island life: The marae at the archaeological complex of Taputapuatea, which was once the religious centre of Eastern Polynesia
Landscapes of Dauria, Mongolia and the Russian Federation
Natural glory: This treasured eco-system extends from eastern Mongolia into Russian Siberia and north-eastern China
Khomani Cultural Landscape, South Africa
Protected: The Khomani Cultural Landscape is located at the border with Botswana and Namibia, where the Khomani San people (pictured) have devloped strategies which allow them to adapt to harsh desert conditions