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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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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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Kremlin and Red Square Alexander Barabanov

Kremlin and Red Square by Alexander Barabanov

In May I was able to get into the State Kremlin Palace and Faceted Hall. This is kind of special "secret" excursion, which is not ordinary access to the Cathedrals inside the Kremlin sold publicly. This excursion is offered by some agencies on selected dates (usualy several times per month), when the Kremlin is not occupied by various events. The maximum amount of people is 20 in the group with obligatory guide, it is necessary to provide passport details in advance (the foreigners are allowed), the price is 5,000 Rubles during weekends (80 euro), but it depends on the agency. I booked about 2 months in advance in order to get in on weekend day.

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Fujisan Alexander Barabanov

Fujisan by Alexander Barabanov

I visited Togawa Oshi Piligrim's Inn and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine, both within 20-minute walking distance from Fujisan railway station.

Togawa Oshi House was built in 1768 to host numerous piligrims to the Mount Fuji. In the begining of the nineteenth century there were 86 similar inns in the area, now only 12-13 remaining. The House has extensive audio guide descibing each corner of the house and providing general information.

The Shrine dating back to the 8th century was the last spiritual stop for the piligrims ascending to the summit from the north side. It is located in lovely forest setting (with some sacred cedars which are over 1000 years old), with beautiful garden, painted main hall, big torii gate, and portable shrines used in fire festivals.

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Tomioka Silk Mill Alexander Barabanov

Tomioka Silk Mill by Alexander Barabanov

Visited this site in May 2017 as a pleasant detour from Tokyo (and using some private railway line not subject to the wonderful Japan Rail Pass).

The cost was 1,000 yen entrance + 200 yen audioguide and 200 yen conservation viewing desk.

The mill was completed in 1872 after local government decided to import mechanized Western technologies of silk processing. Technical advisers from France were invited, while trainees were hired from local female workers. Other factories using Tomioka mill model were constructed around the country afterwards. Introduction of mass production technologies led to modernization of Japanese economy.

The mill have been producing raw silk till 1987 when all the reeling machines were preserved in the original state.

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Solovetsky Islands Alexander Barabanov

Solovetsky Islands by Alexander Barabanov

Unfortunately I couldn't attend WHS get-together event, as I booked the trip to Solovetsky islands, my old and much wanted target. The trip was by air, through Arkhangelsk first and then by a bit scaring 40-years old AN-24 turboprop airplane.

So-called airport (in fact, just tiny wooden blue construction) is located just 1 km away from the monastery, which immediately dominates the skyline and creates fairytale spiritual atmosphere.

We explored the monastery and the island for the 2 days, however the weather was quite rainy and changed so quickly that we haven't completed our bike tour to the Northern part of the island.

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Name: Alexander Barabanov

Country: Russia

Visited WHS: 440

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 11.07.17

Lists

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