Visas are now available online, on arrival or at Saudi diplomatic missions for about $120 including a health insurance fee, according to a press kit. Outbound countries include the United States, Russia, China, Japan and many European states, with more to be added later.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a sixth-century building at the heart of both the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and now one of Turkey's most visited monuments.
A few centuries ago, Tichitt was a citadel of trade where Saharan merchants bearing gold, salt and cloth would stop to water their camels and haggle.
Machu Picchu, which means Old Mountain in the Quechua language that predominated in the Inca Empire, was built for the Inca emperor Pachacutec in the 15th century on the peak of leafy mountain at 2,400 meters altitude.
Unesco has highlighted both Italy and France for the art of glass beads. The countries are saying that the practice "is closely linked to the wealth of knowledge and mastery of a material (glass) and element (fire)."
The coffins, or sarcophagi, include the first dating back to the New Kingdom to be found at Saqqara, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites included Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but climate change and its adverse effects have left the reef's current status in discussion
Yemen's Seiyun Palace, one of the world's largest mud-brick structures, has become the war-torn country's latest heritage site facing the risk of collapse as heavy rains and years of neglect take their toll.
Clutching a small saw, Syrian volunteer Rana Jreij cut away at bushes growing up the centuries-old walls of one of the world's most famous Crusader castles, Krak des Chevaliers.