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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: 96

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

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

Recently Visited WHS

Update 11.07.17


  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. Central Highlands
  14. Bahá’i Holy Places
  15. Rideau Canal
  16. Melaka and George Town
  17. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  18. Kotor
  19. Rhaetian Railway
  20. Stoclet House
  21. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  22. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  23. Selimiye Mosque
  24. Bethlehem
  25. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  26. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  27. Old City of Jerusalem
  28. Venetian Works of Defence
  29. Anuradhapura
  30. Belem
  31. Warsaw
  32. Québec
  33. Statue of Liberty
  34. Cordoba
  35. Granada
  36. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  37. Istanbul
  38. Göreme NP
  39. Seville
  40. Budapest
  41. Acropolis
  42. Westminster
  43. Nemrut Dag
  44. Kandy
  45. Thessalonika
  46. Tower of London
  47. Potsdam
  48. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  49. St. Petersburg
  50. Vilnius
  51. Kremlin and Red Square
  52. Skogskyrkogarden
  53. Drottningholm
  54. Berat and Gjirokastra
  55. Butrint
  56. Sammallahdenmäki
  57. Old Rauma
  58. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  59. Petäjävesi Old Church
  60. Borobudur
  61. Churches of Moldavia
  62. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  63. Safranbolu
  64. Prague
  65. Cesky Krumlov
  66. Prambanan
  67. Roskilde Cathedral
  68. Mtskheta
  69. Upper Svaneti
  70. Gelati Monastery
  71. Sintra
  72. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  73. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  74. Oporto
  75. Haghpat and Sanahin
  76. Maritime Greenwich
  77. Tallinn
  78. Troy
  79. Riga
  80. Flemish Béguinages
  81. Grand Place, Brussels
  82. Holy Trinity Column
  83. Pyramids (Memphis)
  84. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  85. L'viv
  86. Historic Cairo
  87. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  88. Nikko
  89. Belfries
  90. Mostar
  91. Dubrovnik
  92. Monastery of Geghard
  93. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  94. Ohrid Region
  95. Curonian Spit
  96. 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