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Alexander Barabanov

I work in finance field. I started to specifically target UNESCO Heritage sites while travelling approximately from 2006. Usually I try to tick off the sites both during business trips and leisure tours. Of course, there is some percentage of strange sites, when you're asking yourself, what am I doing here, but in general these sites are special and very rewarding to reach and see. Visting them and seeing some specific aspects of human activity and nature phenomona increases significantly knowledge horizons.

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Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes Alexander Barabanov

Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes by Alexander Barabanov

Finally ticked off the last Belgian site!

Was lucky to book mine visit on 26 August 2017. The price was 14 Euro. There was French speaking group and the guide first provided information for them and then English summary for me.

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Kernavë Archeological Site Alexander Barabanov

Visited this site in August 2017. A visual representation of site is a little bit strange: five hills and green valley from the hills to the river. When walking around the hills it is quite difficult to imagine how the constructions were located; however in the museum there is visual demonstration of the place during prosperity times. But still it looks like that the hills’ surface is too small to accommodate anything larger than one house circled by a wall (and I can image how it was painful to carry water, food and everything all the time up the hill).

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Sviyazhsk Alexander Barabanov

Visited Sviyazhsk in August 2017 just 1 day before Irina Bokova also visited this site in order to personally hand over UNESCO certificate. For this occasion on the road from Kazan airport there were celebrative flags and posters.

We visited Sviyazhsk as half-day tour on car from Kazan. The place is now extremely touristy and visited by the group hoards.

This legendary city was founded in 1551 by Ivan the Terrible as an outpost to attack and capture Kazan. The wooden Kremlin was constructed in 4 weeks with the wood transported 700 km through river from Uglich. In 1 year Kazan was seized and included into the growing Moscovite kingdom. Sviyazhsk became quite big military base and city.

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Bolgar Alexander Barabanov

Bolgar by Alexander Barabanov

Visited this site in August 2017 with day-trip on a rented car from Kazan.

The site includes a number of ruins and restored monuments mainly dating back to 13th-14th centuries (however, the site was inhabited since 7th till 15th century).

Interesting that in 922 Bolgar was visited by a mission from Baghdad (well documented) after which Bolgar accepted Islam as official religion. Bolgar was capital of Volga Bolgar civilization at the crossroads of evolving Russian state and Asia.

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Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin Alexander Barabanov

Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin by Alexander Barabanov

Visited Caves of El Cogul on the way from Poblet monastery to Zaragoza. Unfortunately due to time constraints arrived there right in the beginning of siesta. The place is located in the pleasant agricultural scenery in the outskirts of Cogul village. There is a small visitor centre and the access to the cave is fenced. I climbed the fence and made some picture of the cave, which is also covered by an iron lattice (it could only be open during visit time).

The paintings are of course not so bright but are quite visible. There are over 40 african-style figures painted, including humans and animals in black and red. The most famous and central is dance scene. There should be somewhere Roman inscription as well, but I couldn't identify it.

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Name: Alexander Barabanov

Country: Russia

Visited WHS: 446

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu, Brugge, Angkor Vat

Proposal New WHS: Volgograd (Stalingrad battlefield places), Old city of Pskov, Manhattan (Iconic highscrapers like Empire State Building, Chrysler Building)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 02.09.17

Lists

  1. Durmitor National Park
  2. Longmen Grottoes
  3. Imperial Tombs
  4. Major Town Houses
  5. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  6. Cape Floral Region
  7. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  8. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  9. Arequipa
  10. Ephesus
  11. Val di Noto
  12. Villa d'Este
  13. Val d'Orcia
  14. Guimarães
  15. Vienna
  16. Aranjuez
  17. Tugendhat Villa
  18. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  19. Churches of Peace
  20. Calakmul
  21. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  22. Stralsund and Wismar
  23. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  24. Derbent
  25. Gobustan Rock Art
  26. Takht-e Soleyman
  27. Trebic
  28. Orkhon Valley
  29. Kew Gardens
  30. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  31. Monte San Giorgio
  32. Koguryo Tombs
  33. Novodevichy Convent
  34. Rio de Janeiro
  35. Pasargadae
  36. Macao
  37. Muskauer Park
  38. Tchogha Zanbil
  39. Primeval Beech Forests
  40. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  41. Kernavë Archeological Site
  42. Persepolis
  43. Tamgaly
  44. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  45. Liverpool
  46. Thingvellir
  47. Regensburg
  48. Etruscan Necropolises
  49. Pitons Management Area
  50. Centennial Hall
  51. Yaroslavl
  52. Le Havre
  53. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  54. Soltaniyeh
  55. Nesvizh
  56. Syracuse
  57. Central Highlands
  58. Kathmandu Valley
  59. Genoa
  60. Vizcaya Bridge
  61. Bisotun
  62. Crac des Chevaliers
  63. Dolomites
  64. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  65. Ouro Preto
  66. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  67. San Marino and Mount Titano
  68. Kotor
  69. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  70. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  71. Twyfelfontein
  72. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  73. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  74. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  75. San Miguel de Allende
  76. Fortifications of Vauban
  77. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  78. Stoclet House
  79. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  80. Dengfeng
  81. Valletta
  82. Heritage of Mercury
  83. Wadden Sea
  84. Shushtar
  85. Longobards in Italy
  86. Royal Joseon Tombs
  87. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  88. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  89. Jantar Mantar
  90. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  91. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  92. Tabriz Bazaar
  93. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  94. Camino Real
  95. Yagul and Mitla
  96. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  97. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  98. Fagus Factory
  99. Persian Garden
  100. Margravial Opera House
  101. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  102. Masjed-e Jâme'
  103. Rabat
  104. Fujisan
  105. Golestan Palace
  106. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  107. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  108. Mount Etna
  109. Namib Sand Sea
  110. Van Nellefabriek
  111. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  112. Corvey
  113. Tomioka Silk Mill
  114. Susa
  115. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  116. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  117. Old City of Jerusalem
  118. Arab-Norman Palermo
  119. Western Tien-Shan
  120. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  121. Sviyazhsk
  122. Venetian Works of Defence
  123. Yazd
  124. Amiens Cathedral
  125. Orange
  126. Arles
  127. Speyer Cathedral
  128. Würzburg Residence
  129. Medina of Fez
  130. Florence
  131. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  132. Djémila
  133. Tipasa
  134. Timgad
  135. Damascus
  136. Anuradhapura
  137. Polonnaruva
  138. Sigiriya
  139. Rila Monastery
  140. Nessebar
  141. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  142. Bosra
  143. Pirin National Park
  144. Avignon
  145. Nancy
  146. Palmyra
  147. Red Fort
  148. Humayun's Tomb
  149. Qutb Minar
  150. Agra Fort
  151. Taj Mahal
  152. Fatehpur Sikri
  153. Monastery of Batalha
  154. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  155. Old City of Berne
  156. Abbey of St Gall
  157. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  158. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  159. Lübeck
  160. Cuzco
  161. Machu Picchu
  162. Chitwan National Park
  163. Vatican City
  164. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  165. Cracow
  166. Cologne Cathedral
  167. Baalbek
  168. Byblos
  169. Tyre
  170. Aachen Cathedral
  171. Warsaw
  172. Mana Pools
  173. Matobo Hills
  174. Statue of Liberty
  175. Auschwitz Birkenau
  176. Altamira Cave
  177. Segovia
  178. Asturian Monuments
  179. Cordoba
  180. Granada
  181. Burgos Cathedral
  182. El Escurial
  183. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  184. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  185. Petra
  186. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  187. Medina of Marrakesh
  188. Congonhas
  189. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  190. Pont du Gard
  191. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  192. Avila
  193. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  194. Iguacu
  195. Istanbul
  196. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  197. Medina of Tunis
  198. Evora
  199. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  200. Trier
  201. Giant's Causeway
  202. Site of Carthage
  203. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  204. Studley Royal Park
  205. Stonehenge
  206. Gwynedd Castles
  207. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  208. Toledo
  209. Amphitheater of El Jem
  210. Salamanca
  211. Seville
  212. Caceres
  213. Studenica Monastery
  214. Skocjan Caves
  215. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  216. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  217. Venice and its Lagoon
  218. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  219. Castel del Monte
  220. Budapest
  221. Hollókö
  222. Acropolis
  223. Sian Ka'an
  224. Palenque
  225. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  226. Teotihuacan
  227. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  228. Puebla
  229. Boyana Church
  230. Blenheim Palace
  231. Westminster
  232. City of Bath
  233. Madara Rider
  234. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  235. Mount Taishan
  236. Great Wall
  237. Imperial Palace
  238. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  239. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  240. Peking Man Site
  241. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  242. Kandy
  243. Old Town of Galle
  244. Meteora
  245. Thessalonika
  246. Guanajuato
  247. Chichen-Itza
  248. Xanthos-Letoon
  249. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  250. Tower of London
  251. Epidaurus
  252. Strasbourg
  253. Canterbury
  254. Medina of Sousse
  255. Kairouan
  256. Lima
  257. Victoria Falls
  258. Mystras
  259. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  260. Olympia
  261. Poblet Monastery
  262. Úbeda and Baeza
  263. Kiev
  264. Potsdam
  265. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  266. Quedlinburg
  267. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  268. St. Petersburg
  269. Vilnius
  270. Kizhi Pogost
  271. Kremlin and Red Square
  272. Maulbronn Monastery
  273. Royal Palace at Caserta
  274. San Gimignano
  275. Skogskyrkogarden
  276. Drottningholm
  277. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  278. Zamosc
  279. Kasbah of Algiers
  280. Morelia
  281. Danube Delta
  282. Villages with Fortified Churches
  283. Monastery of Horezu
  284. Churches of Moldavia
  285. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  286. Reims
  287. Novgorod
  288. Safranbolu
  289. Prague
  290. Cesky Krumlov
  291. Banska Stiavnica
  292. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  293. Telc
  294. Vlkolinec
  295. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  296. Bamberg
  297. Mir Castle
  298. Solovetsky Islands
  299. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  300. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  301. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  302. Horyu-ji Area
  303. Himeji-jo
  304. Mérida
  305. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  306. Lumbini
  307. Angkor
  308. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  309. Matera
  310. Völklingen Ironworks
  311. Ancient Kyoto
  312. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  313. Roskilde Cathedral
  314. Kronborg Castle
  315. Jelling
  316. City of Luxembourg
  317. Nasca Lines
  318. Popocatepetl monasteries
  319. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  320. Mtskheta
  321. Gelati Monastery
  322. Vicenza
  323. Siena
  324. Messel Pit
  325. Sintra
  326. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  327. Naples
  328. Edinburgh
  329. Bauhaus Sites
  330. Crespi d'Adda
  331. Visby
  332. Kutna Hora
  333. Ferrara
  334. Jongmyo Shrine
  335. Schokland
  336. Colonia del Sacramento
  337. Lake Baikal
  338. Oporto
  339. Pannonhalma
  340. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  341. Everglades
  342. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  343. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  344. Genbaku Dome
  345. Itsukushima Shrine
  346. Haghpat and Sanahin
  347. Independence Hall
  348. Cuenca
  349. Luther Memorials
  350. Salzburg
  351. Semmering Railway
  352. Schönbrunn
  353. The trulli of Alberobello
  354. Ravenna
  355. Pienza
  356. Paphos
  357. Uxmal
  358. Querétaro
  359. Meknes
  360. Dougga/Thugga
  361. Maritime Greenwich
  362. Verona
  363. Mont-Saint-Michel
  364. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  365. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  366. Chartres Cathedral
  367. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  368. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  369. Hwaseong Fortress
  370. Kinderdijk
  371. Willemstad
  372. Tallinn
  373. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  374. Botanical Garden, Padua
  375. Aquileia
  376. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  377. Modena
  378. Urbino
  379. Pompei
  380. Versailles
  381. Costiera Amalfitana
  382. Agrigento
  383. Villa Romana del Casale
  384. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  385. Torun
  386. Volubilis
  387. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  388. Classical Weimar
  389. Malbork Castle
  390. Choirokoitia
  391. Riga
  392. Flemish Béguinages
  393. The Four Lifts
  394. Grand Place, Brussels
  395. Holy Trinity Column
  396. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  397. Holasovice
  398. Tlacotalpan
  399. L'viv
  400. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  401. Ancient Nara
  402. Lyon
  403. Provins
  404. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  405. Alcala de Henares
  406. Summer Palace
  407. Temple of Heaven
  408. Bellinzone
  409. Diamantina
  410. Campeche
  411. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  412. Wartburg Castle
  413. Beemster Polder
  414. Litomysl Castle
  415. Sighisoara
  416. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  417. Dacian Fortresses
  418. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  419. Isole Eolie
  420. Rome
  421. Nikko
  422. Robben Island
  423. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  424. Graz
  425. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  426. Mycenae and Tiryns
  427. Belfries
  428. Mostar
  429. Dubrovnik
  430. Walled City of Baku
  431. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  432. Monastery of Geghard
  433. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  434. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  435. Bardejov Town
  436. Reichenau
  437. Corfu
  438. Kazan Kremlin
  439. Bolgar
  440. Ferapontov Monastery
  441. St. George, Bermuda
  442. Maloti Drakensberg
  443. Ohrid Region
  444. Assisi
  445. Curonian Spit
  446. Brugge
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Andaman Islands
  3. Bagan
  4. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  5. Chernobyl
  6. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  7. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  8. Dzongs of Bhutan
  9. Ephesus
  10. Fortified City of Famagusta
  11. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  12. Mecca, Kaaba
  13. Mount Rushmore
  14. Neuschwanstein Castle
  15. Rainforests of Polynesia
  16. Scrovegni's Chapel
  17. Silk Roads
  18. Svalbard
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Vatnajökull National Park