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Currently living in Germany, I travel as much as I can visiting as many world heritage sites as possible. Please visit my website at

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Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T) Corinne Vail

I just got back from a weekend jaunt to Moldova. As previously mentioned, this small country sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine gets few visitors, although, I think the country is actively trying to change this. To get there, we just rented a car for the day which was relatively inexpensive. The area surrounding Orhei is famous for its codrii or old growth forest. The site is located just off the Raut river and it was a very pretty area, even though it was winter and the trees and fields were bare. The limestone and shell cliffs where the monastery is located is pretty spectacular. Entering the 600 year old Pestere Monastaire, the air immediately became hot and humid, the stairs were dark, and it gave the cave a relative feeling of mystery. The monastery itself is one of the most impressing little sites I've ever visited.

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Divrigi Corinne Vail

Divrigi is about 600 kilometers from Ankara, so it takes a little while to get there by car. I'm sure you can get there by bus, but it would be quite a long haul. The town of Divrigi is a small village perched on a hillside and the fall was the perfect time to go. I will say the signage to teh Mosque and hospital complex was a little lacking, but it is a small town, so we did find it. Using the word "complex", I expected a larger area then the one building that housed both of the facilities. The outside of the building is pretty non-descript until you get up close to the doors. There were so many carvings and it was so intricately done. They were gorgeous! The first part is the mental hospital, and going inside there are carved columns and a few tombs. Next door was the mosque and it is very much in use today, so it's best to stay away during prayer times.

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Thracian tomb of Kazanlak Corinne Vail

The Thracian Tomb in Kazanluk, can be one of the most frustrating WHS sites to visit due to the Bulgarian government really trying to preserve the tomb. We arrived first thing in the morning on a rainy, misty day which is perfect when visiting cemetaries or tombs, and we immediately paid our fee. We looked around the museum, and then walked into the tomb's replica which is a very small area, so it did not take long. I was very dissappointed, and had heard that sometimes the officials will let you in the real tomb. I asked, they made me pay another fee (20 leva) and then they made us cover our clothes with a lab coat, and our feet with booties to go into the real thing. Not surprisingly, the "fake" was indeed an exact replica and it did look exactly like the original. I don't think this is the most impressive WHS site in Bulgaria, but the story of the tomb is interesting and the frescoes are gorgeous.

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Alahan Monastery (T) Corinne Vail

I have visited Alahan a number of times. I drive on the road pretty much right past it when I go from Ankara to the Meditteranean coast, which is as often as I can. Alahan sits majestically on the side of a mountain, and even the parking lot is perched somewhat precariously on it. I love walking around the ruins and taking note of all the carvings and details that Alahan holds. I have never run into other tourists there, and the guard doesn't even stay there since there are so few visitors. I do believe it should be inscribed. It's gorgeous. You can read more about Alahan at my website:

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  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Imperial Tombs
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Kinabalu Park
  5. Ephesus
  6. Tsodilo
  7. Guimarães
  8. Vienna
  9. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  10. Masada
  11. Old City of Acre
  12. Aranjuez
  13. Churches of Peace
  14. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  15. Um er-Rasas
  16. White City of Tel-Aviv
  17. Novodevichy Convent
  18. Incense Route of the Negev
  19. Biblical Tells
  20. Royal Exhibition Building
  21. Thingvellir
  22. Regensburg
  23. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  24. Centennial Hall
  25. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  26. Central Highlands
  27. Bahá’i Holy Places
  28. Dolomites
  29. Kotor
  30. Jeju
  31. Fortifications of Vauban
  32. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  33. Valletta
  34. Tower of Hercules
  35. Heritage of Mercury
  36. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  37. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  38. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  39. Selimiye Mosque
  40. Serra de Tramuntana
  41. Wadi Rum
  42. Margravial Opera House
  43. University of Coimbra
  44. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  45. Mount Carmel Caves
  46. Rabat
  47. Al Zubarah
  48. Çatalhöyük
  49. Mount Etna
  50. Okavango Delta
  51. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  52. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  53. Pergamon
  54. Champagne
  55. San Antonio Missions
  56. Old City of Jerusalem
  57. Olympic National Park
  58. Great Barrier Reef
  59. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  60. Amiens Cathedral
  61. Orange
  62. Arles
  63. Würzburg Residence
  64. Medina of Fez
  65. Florence
  66. Cahokia Mounds
  67. Anuradhapura
  68. Polonnaruva
  69. Sigiriya
  70. Rila Monastery
  71. Nessebar
  72. Avignon
  73. Nancy
  74. Red Fort
  75. Humayun's Tomb
  76. Qutb Minar
  77. Agra Fort
  78. Taj Mahal
  79. Great Smoky Mountains
  80. Belem
  81. Monastery of Batalha
  82. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  83. Old City of Berne
  84. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  85. Lübeck
  86. Cuzco
  87. Machu Picchu
  88. Yellowstone
  89. Vatican City
  90. Cracow
  91. Cologne Cathedral
  92. Aachen Cathedral
  93. Québec
  94. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  95. Statue of Liberty
  96. Yosemite National Park
  97. Auschwitz Birkenau
  98. Segovia
  99. Cordoba
  100. Granada
  101. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  102. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  103. Petra
  104. Quseir Amra
  105. Medina of Marrakesh
  106. Kerkuane
  107. Pont du Gard
  108. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  109. Santiago de Compostela
  110. Avila
  111. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  112. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  113. Istanbul
  114. Göreme NP
  115. Divrigi
  116. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  117. Medina of Tunis
  118. Evora
  119. Trier
  120. Giant's Causeway
  121. Site of Carthage
  122. Stonehenge
  123. Hattusha
  124. Toledo
  125. Amphitheater of El Jem
  126. Salamanca
  127. Seville
  128. Caceres
  129. Skocjan Caves
  130. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  131. Venice and its Lagoon
  132. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  133. Budapest
  134. Acropolis
  135. Hawaii Volcanoes
  136. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  137. Teotihuacan
  138. Ibiza
  139. Boyana Church
  140. Westminster
  141. City of Bath
  142. Madara Rider
  143. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  144. Imperial Palace
  145. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  146. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  147. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  148. Nemrut Dag
  149. Kandy
  150. Old Town of Galle
  151. Meteora
  152. Thessalonika
  153. Xanthos-Letoon
  154. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  155. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  156. Tower of London
  157. Taos Pueblo
  158. Rhodes
  159. Strasbourg
  160. Canterbury
  161. Medina of Sousse
  162. Kairouan
  163. Lima
  164. Victoria Falls
  165. Poblet Monastery
  166. Potsdam
  167. Quedlinburg
  168. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  169. St. Petersburg
  170. Vilnius
  171. Kremlin and Red Square
  172. Maulbronn Monastery
  173. Te Wahipounamu
  174. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  175. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  176. Ayutthaya
  177. Villages with Fortified Churches
  178. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  179. Reims
  180. Komodo National Park
  181. Safranbolu
  182. Prague
  183. Cesky Krumlov
  184. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  185. Bamberg
  186. Fraser Island
  187. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  188. Mérida
  189. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  190. Angkor
  191. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  192. Matera
  193. Baroque Churches
  194. Hué
  195. Donana National Park
  196. Ancient Kyoto
  197. Jelling
  198. City of Luxembourg
  199. Potala Palace
  200. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  201. Vicenza
  202. Rapa Nui
  203. Carlsbad Caverns
  204. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  205. Sintra
  206. Naples
  207. Edinburgh
  208. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  209. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  210. Haeinsa Temple
  211. Jongmyo Shrine
  212. Grand Canyon
  213. Medina of Essaouira
  214. Oporto
  215. Canal du Midi
  216. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  217. Independence Hall
  218. Salzburg
  219. Semmering Railway
  220. Schönbrunn
  221. The trulli of Alberobello
  222. Ravenna
  223. Paphos
  224. Meknes
  225. Dougga/Thugga
  226. Maritime Greenwich
  227. Verona
  228. Ichkeul National Park
  229. Mont-Saint-Michel
  230. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  231. Chartres Cathedral
  232. Trogir
  233. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  234. Hwaseong Fortress
  235. Kinderdijk
  236. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  237. Pompei
  238. Versailles
  239. Costiera Amalfitana
  240. Volubilis
  241. Medina of Tétouan
  242. Choirokoitia
  243. Troy
  244. Riga
  245. Grand Place, Brussels
  246. Pyramids (Memphis)
  247. Holasovice
  248. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  249. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  250. Ancient Thebes
  251. Ancient Nara
  252. Alcala de Henares
  253. Nubian Monuments
  254. Summer Palace
  255. Temple of Heaven
  256. Historic Cairo
  257. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  258. Wartburg Castle
  259. Abu Mena
  260. Sighisoara
  261. Rome
  262. Nikko
  263. Robben Island
  264. Graz
  265. Loire Valley
  266. Mostar
  267. Hoi An
  268. My Son
  269. Dubrovnik
  270. Valparaiso
  271. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  272. Split
  273. Gyeongju
  274. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  275. Plitvice Lakes
  276. Roman Walls of Lugo
  277. Brugge
  278. Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens