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Venetian Works of Defence Ralf Regele

Venetian Works of Defence by Ralf Regele

I visited the two north italian sites in 2014. Luckily, they are close together and can be combined easily.

Bergamo is a very beautiful city by itself. The old city sits on top of a hill, with the city walls all around, lots of medieval towers in the middle and the alps in the background. The defense ring is quite prominent, with an impressive entrance ramp. Still, most visitors will spent more time in the streets of the old city with its various churches, towers, shops and restaurants. I have no clue if the defense works here are significant from the military point of view, but they at least provide a splendid sight, both from the outside and as a viewing platform. I can highly recommend a visit to Bergamo as a whole, ticking off the WHS is just the icing on the cake.

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Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T) Ralf Regele

Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T) by Ralf Regele

Schwerin castle may be a bit overlooked, but its beauty is undeniable. It is the kind of fairy-tale castle that is nowadays more associated with disney than with real historical buildings. Schwerin residence actually has a quite large historical basis, with bits and pieces of history shining through the 19th century rebuildings. Its main appearance is certainly a sometimes kitchy historism (who paints his castle yellow/orange?), but together with a very picturesque setting on a lake, next to the historic old city, makes the visit a very pleasant experience. Schwerin is quite easy to reach, being close to Wismar and Lübeck. The castle can be reached by foot from the railroad station. Compared to its main rival on the tentative list, Neuschwanstein, Schwerin has much more history (Neuschwanstein being newly built in the 19th century), but is a bit more low-key than the bavarian fanatasy castle.

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Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T) Ralf Regele

Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T) by Ralf Regele

Chiang Mai is a major tourist hub in northern thailand, especially for the backpacking crowd. Luckily, it is also very beautiful, with lots and lots of temples and ruins scattered around the town. I spent the whole day just walking from temple to temple in the core of the old city, but skipped the more out-of-town elements. The temple architecture seems to be more varied and playful than the more majestic ones in Bangkok, which was fine for me. Most temples are active places of worship and not just tourist ruins, so the place feels quite lively. With its sheer beauty and high concentration of interesting buildings, Chiang Mai seems to be a worthy candidate for a WHS, although I am not sure if each and every component of the voluminous proposal is necessary.

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Rani-ki-Vav Ralf Regele

Rani-ki-Vav by Ralf Regele

This is a really nice site - a spectacular building with a rich history, off the beaten tourist tracks but well-developed for a visit. The fact it was buried for centuries and only recently excavated only adds to the charm. I like the general architecture of stepwells, but this one comes jam-packed with rich stone carvings. I rented a driver for a day from Ahmadabad and visited the site together with Modhera (also very worthy). The site itself is fenced in and guarded - which means it is clean and free of touts. It's not too big - there are no further buildings apart from the stepwell. A bit of climbing is required to reach the bottom of it. Compared to the Ahmadabad stepwells, the Rani-ki-Vav is much more decorated, but also a bit more damaged. I would recommand to visit the adalaj stepwell first to get an impression of the general stepwell layout, and than the Rani-ki-Vav for sheer beauty.

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Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T) Ralf Regele

Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T) by Ralf Regele

I only visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmadabad, which is a well-developed tourist site with a nice ghandi museum and the barracks of the ashram itself. The site seems to be one of the more prominent ones in the proposal, there are a lot of minor sites whose relevance is a bit dubious. The Ahmadabad ashram is certainly an interesting and moving visit - but strictly because of the political and historical background. The buildings itself are quite sober - plain barracks without decorations, fitting Ghandis austere lifestyle. While I have the highest respect for India's non-violent movement, I don't think that a WHS is a good way to honor it. It's all about the ideas and the philosophy - not about sites and buildings.

Visited: Nov 2015

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Name: Ralf Regele

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 169

Most Impressive: Angkor

Proposal New WHS: Empire State & Chrysler Building

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  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Saltaire
  4. Derwent Valley Mills
  5. Guimarães
  6. Vienna
  7. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  8. Alto Douro
  9. Calakmul
  10. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  11. Stralsund and Wismar
  12. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  13. Rio de Janeiro
  14. Kii Mountain Range
  15. Liverpool
  16. Struve Geodetic Arc
  17. West Norwegian Fjords
  18. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  19. Ouro Preto
  20. South China Karst
  21. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  22. Stoclet House
  23. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  24. Wadden Sea
  25. Longobards in Italy
  26. Royal Joseon Tombs
  27. Albi
  28. Jantar Mantar
  29. Redwood
  30. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  31. Camino Real
  32. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  33. Fagus Factory
  34. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  35. Stevns Klint
  36. Namhansanseong
  37. Van Nellefabriek
  38. Silk Roads
  39. Corvey
  40. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  41. Christiansfeld
  42. Par force hunting landscape
  43. Forth Bridge
  44. Venetian Works of Defence
  45. Ahmadabad
  46. Orange
  47. Speyer Cathedral
  48. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  49. Avignon
  50. Red Fort
  51. Humayun's Tomb
  52. Qutb Minar
  53. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  54. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  55. Agra Fort
  56. Taj Mahal
  57. Fatehpur Sikri
  58. Mesa Verde
  59. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  60. Lübeck
  61. Yellowstone
  62. Vatican City
  63. Cologne Cathedral
  64. Aachen Cathedral
  65. Iguazu National Park
  66. Statue of Liberty
  67. Yosemite National Park
  68. Cordoba
  69. Granada
  70. Keoladeo National Park
  71. Pont du Gard
  72. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  73. Iguacu
  74. Istanbul
  75. Trier
  76. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  77. Ironbridge Gorge
  78. Studley Royal Park
  79. Stonehenge
  80. Gwynedd Castles
  81. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  82. Venice and its Lagoon
  83. Budapest
  84. Acropolis
  85. Palenque
  86. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  87. Teotihuacan
  88. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  89. Puebla
  90. Tongariro National Park
  91. Westminster
  92. New Lanark
  93. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  94. Great Wall
  95. Imperial Palace
  96. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  97. Brasilia
  98. Chichen-Itza
  99. Tower of London
  100. Epidaurus
  101. Strasbourg
  102. Mystras
  103. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  104. Olympia
  105. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  106. Te Wahipounamu
  107. Skogskyrkogarden
  108. Drottningholm
  109. Sukhothai
  110. Ayutthaya
  111. Bryggen
  112. Dong Phayayen
  113. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  114. Horyu-ji Area
  115. Himeji-jo
  116. Angkor
  117. Völklingen Ironworks
  118. Ancient Kyoto
  119. Roskilde Cathedral
  120. Kronborg Castle
  121. Jelling
  122. Messel Pit
  123. Edinburgh
  124. Bauhaus Sites
  125. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  126. Jongmyo Shrine
  127. Grand Canyon
  128. Oporto
  129. Everglades
  130. Canal du Midi
  131. Genbaku Dome
  132. Itsukushima Shrine
  133. La Lonja de la Seda
  134. Luther Memorials
  135. Salzburg
  136. Schönbrunn
  137. Uxmal
  138. Maritime Greenwich
  139. Verona
  140. Mont-Saint-Michel
  141. Trogir
  142. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  143. Hwaseong Fortress
  144. Kinderdijk
  145. Tallinn
  146. Versailles
  147. Riga
  148. Flemish Béguinages
  149. Grand Place, Brussels
  150. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  151. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  152. Ancient Nara
  153. Summer Palace
  154. Temple of Heaven
  155. Campeche
  156. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  157. Beemster Polder
  158. Rome
  159. Nikko
  160. Rani-ki-Vav
  161. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  162. Palmeral of Elche
  163. Graz
  164. Belfries
  165. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  166. Split
  167. Reichenau
  168. Brugge
  169. Pantanal