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Upper Svaneti Tony H.

Upper Svaneti by Tony H.

I'm little surprised that Upper Svaneti is one of the least visited sites in Europe on this website. I'm surprised because it is not anymore these days hard place to visit. The WHS consists of small community of Ushguli which is made up from 4 very small villages located right next to each other. 3 of these villages with surrounding landscape form the buffer zone and the core zone is the village of Chazhashi.

Chazhashi is the only village which has solely original stone houses. However most of the houses have been abandoned and the roofs have collapsed. The village includes the local museum. The core zone also includes small hill with remains of one Svan tower and church from old fortress.

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Istanbul Tony H.

Istanbul by Tony H.

I feel myself lucky as I've been able to call Istanbul my home for one year. It has given me the possibility to explore the city slowly and especially it's vast historic areas on Fatih peninsula.

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Bursa and Cumalikizik Tony H.

2 months after it's inscription to World Heritage List Bursa hasn't experienced yet big tourists masses. Actually I didn't meet any other western tourists than myself but many Arab tourists have found this city and it's bazaars. Also locals were really interested to start a conversation with me which also shows that Bursa hasn't been found by tourists.

Also Bursa doesn't seem to be yet proud of it's World Heritage status as I didn't see any signs saying that I'm in a World Heritage city. In some brochures there were mentions that sites in Bursa were on tentative list so I guess they're waiting for update. But all the sites I visited were in perfect clean condition which shows that inscription didn't come as a surprise for the city.

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Central Highlands Tony H.

I was part of a field course which we conducted in Sri Lanka. During our course we visited in Meemure village which is located in Knuckles Range inside the World Heritage area. According to our guide this area gets much less tourists than Horton Plains and Peak Wilderness. Meemure village was quite easily reachable from Kandy where we left at 6am. During the ride the views of the Knuckles Range area were amazing and especially sunrise over the valleys. The drive from the main road to the village along the mountain roads took 2 hours. Meemure village is very small and it seems to live from rice cultivation as the village was surrounded by very beautiful rice terraces. There are no tourism facilities and we had our lunch at local family's home. During our day there we hiked 2 short hikes to see waterfalls which were absolutely beautiful and we were also able to swim there.

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Bethlehem Tony H.

I visited in Bethlehem in January 2011 and of course the main site there is the Church of the Nativity. When I entered the church (through very small door) there was service still going and the priests (or monks) were singing and incense was smelling strongly. Because the priests were inside of the Grotto of the Nativity their singing was echoing mysteriously around the church. Very mystic atmosphere. After the priests left somewhere through a secret door I went to see the grotto myself. Smell of incense was very strong and I had hard time breathing. I watched some time how people kissed the spot where Jesus was born and then walked around the church complex. When big Russian tourist group arrived I decided to leave the church.

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Name: Tony H.

Country: Finland

Visited WHS: 103

Most Impressive: - Great Pyramids of Giza - Old City of Jerusalem

Proposal New WHS: The rock paintings of Astuvansalmi at Ristiina, Finland.

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Update 22.01.18

Lists

  1. Major Town Houses
  2. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  3. Ephesus
  4. Old City of Acre
  5. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  6. Kew Gardens
  7. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  8. White City of Tel-Aviv
  9. Kernavë Archeological Site
  10. Thingvellir
  11. Struve Geodetic Arc
  12. Bali Subak system
  13. Nesvizh
  14. Central Highlands
  15. Bahá’i Holy Places
  16. Rideau Canal
  17. Melaka and George Town
  18. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  19. San Marino and Mount Titano
  20. Kotor
  21. Rhaetian Railway
  22. Stoclet House
  23. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  24. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  25. Selimiye Mosque
  26. Bethlehem
  27. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  28. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  29. Old City of Jerusalem
  30. Venetian Works of Defence
  31. Florence
  32. Medici Villas and Gardens
  33. Anuradhapura
  34. Belem
  35. Vatican City
  36. Warsaw
  37. Québec
  38. Statue of Liberty
  39. Cordoba
  40. Granada
  41. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  42. Istanbul
  43. Göreme NP
  44. Seville
  45. Budapest
  46. Acropolis
  47. Westminster
  48. Nemrut Dag
  49. Kandy
  50. Thessalonika
  51. Tower of London
  52. Potsdam
  53. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  54. St. Petersburg
  55. Vilnius
  56. Kremlin and Red Square
  57. Skogskyrkogarden
  58. Drottningholm
  59. Berat and Gjirokastra
  60. Butrint
  61. Sammallahdenmäki
  62. Old Rauma
  63. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  64. Petäjävesi Old Church
  65. Borobudur
  66. Churches of Moldavia
  67. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  68. Safranbolu
  69. Prague
  70. Cesky Krumlov
  71. Mir Castle
  72. Prambanan
  73. Roskilde Cathedral
  74. Mtskheta
  75. Upper Svaneti
  76. Gelati Monastery
  77. Sintra
  78. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  79. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  80. Oporto
  81. Haghpat and Sanahin
  82. Maritime Greenwich
  83. Tallinn
  84. Troy
  85. Riga
  86. Flemish Béguinages
  87. Grand Place, Brussels
  88. Holy Trinity Column
  89. Pyramids (Memphis)
  90. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  91. L'viv
  92. Historic Cairo
  93. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  94. Rome
  95. Nikko
  96. Belfries
  97. Mostar
  98. Dubrovnik
  99. Monastery of Geghard
  100. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  101. Ohrid Region
  102. Curonian Spit
  103. Brugge
  1. Amritsar
  2. Andaman Islands
  3. Bagan
  4. Band E Amir
  5. Chernobyl
  6. City of Herat
  7. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  8. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  9. Ephesus
  10. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  11. Hollywood Studios & Movie Palaces
  12. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  13. Mecca, Kaaba
  14. Petrified Forest National Park
  15. Rainforests of Polynesia
  16. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
  17. The Archaeological Site of Göbeklitepe
  18. Ur
  19. Varanasi
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier
  1. Ephesus
  2. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  3. Kenya Lake System
  4. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  5. Bali Subak system
  6. West Norwegian Fjords
  7. Sagarmatha National Park
  8. Melaka and George Town
  9. Dolomites
  10. Kotor
  11. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  12. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  13. Selimiye Mosque
  14. Rock Islands
  15. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  16. Okavango Delta
  17. Bethlehem
  18. Silk Roads
  19. Qhapaq Ñan
  20. Old City of Jerusalem
  21. Great Barrier Reef
  22. Florence
  23. Anuradhapura
  24. Bamiyan Valley
  25. Taj Mahal
  26. Machu Picchu
  27. Vatican City
  28. Cologne Cathedral
  29. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  30. Altamira Cave
  31. Cordoba
  32. Granada
  33. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  34. Petra
  35. Istanbul
  36. Göreme NP
  37. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  38. Stonehenge
  39. Seville
  40. Venice and its Lagoon
  41. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  42. Budapest
  43. Kilimanjaro National Park
  44. Acropolis
  45. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  46. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  47. Imperial Palace
  48. Uluru
  49. Nemrut Dag
  50. Meteora
  51. Thessalonika
  52. Victoria Falls
  53. Potsdam
  54. St. Petersburg
  55. Kremlin and Red Square
  56. Butrint
  57. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  58. Borobudur
  59. Churches of Moldavia
  60. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  61. Prague
  62. Prambanan
  63. Angkor
  64. Ancient Kyoto
  65. Potala Palace
  66. Rapa Nui
  67. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  68. Grand Canyon
  69. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  70. Lake Baikal
  71. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  72. Laponian Area
  73. Mont-Saint-Michel
  74. Mount Kenya
  75. Tallinn
  76. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  77. Pompei
  78. Versailles
  79. Costiera Amalfitana
  80. Vézère Valley
  81. Riga
  82. Grand Place, Brussels
  83. Pyramids (Memphis)
  84. L'viv
  85. Ancient Thebes
  86. Nubian Monuments
  87. Temple of Heaven
  88. Historic Cairo
  89. Simien National Park
  90. Rome
  91. Mostar
  92. Dubrovnik
  93. Saint Catherine Area
  94. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  95. Plitvice Lakes
  96. Curonian Spit
  97. Brugge
  98. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  99. Virunga National Park
  100. Great Himalayan National Park