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Longobards in Italy Tsunami

Longobards in Italy by Tsunami

After visiting San Salvatore-Santa Giulia in Bresia in 2012, I never paid any more attention to Longobards in Italy.

In July 2017 I went to Spoleto to see two productions at the Spoleto Festival, perhaps the most important annual performing arts festival in Italy, and stayed there overnight.

I was pretty impressed with the town of Spoleto itself, complete with a Roman amphitheater, a cathedral, a fortress and even an aqueduct behind the fortress that "almost" looks like Pont du Gard.

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Fujisan Tsunami

Fujisan by Tsunami

Having been born in Japan and visited Japan numerous times even after moving to the US, I just counted 6 as the number of times I have made trips centered around Fujisan. This is on top of the fact that Fujisan can be seen on clear days from my condo in Yokohama.

By making the trips I have visited only 5 out of 25 components of this serial property: Miho no Matsubara, which I visited when I was a pre-teen, Fujisan Mountain Area, where I made the ascent to the top in 1984, Kawaguchi-Ko in 2011, Yamanaka-Ko and an Oshi Lodging House, which I visited on the day of the Fujiyoshida Fire Festival at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja, only a few months after the inscription in 2013.

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Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T) Tsunami

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T) by Tsunami

In 2014 I visited the centerpiece of this nomination, the Daisen Kofun, which is considered to be the grave of Emperor Nintoku and is the single largest grave in the world by area.

It is so large that the best way to view it is perhaps to take off or land at the Kansai (Osaka) International Airport.

The photo shows the Shinto Torii Gate in the middle, behind which lie the triple moats that surround the all important keyhole-shaped grave.

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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo Tsunami

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo by Tsunami

Staying overnight in Ivanovo, I walked about 5 km to the site. I was not able to hitch a car because most people driving towards the site were tourists and not locals.

Out of the 5 monuments, only Holy Virgin's Rock Church, which is supposedly part of Archangel Michael's cloister, is open to tourists.

From the parking lot there are two ways to get to the church: one goes directly up the stairs and the other meanders leisurely.

There seem to be many religious remains on rock cliffs around Bulgaria, and the sole reason this one has its OUV confirmed is because of the quality of the frescoes, I understand.

But still all we see is just one little cave church. It would be so much nicer if we could visit all 5 monuments in the site.

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Thracian tomb of Sveshtari Tsunami

Thracian tomb of Sveshtari by Tsunami

I visited the Thracian Tomb of kazanlak in January and then of Sveshtari in May.

Staying overnight in Isperih, I took a bus from the main bus station of Isperih to the village of Sveshtari and from there walked about 2 km to the site. The bus leaves about once every two hours.

Right after me a few dozens of German cyclists arrived followed by their large bus, which meant that one German-speaking guide gave them a tour of the site and one English-speaking guide gave me a personal tour.

She took me to the 3 tombs on the site (but there are many more out of the site), so unlike the only one tomb at the Kazanlak site, this site resembles more or less like the WHS at Vergina in Greece.

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Name: Tsunami

Country: Japan / USA / Germany

Visited WHS: 381

Most Impressive: Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada

Proposal New WHS: The Zagori region in Greece,; Kamyanets-Podilsky in Ukraine; Bryce Canyon NP in the USA; Coso Rock Art District in the USA; Jingu in Ise, Japan

Recently Visited WHS

Update 12.07.17

Lists

  1. Durmitor National Park
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Val di Noto
  6. Villa d'Este
  7. Val d'Orcia
  8. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  9. Saltaire
  10. Derwent Valley Mills
  11. Vienna
  12. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  13. Masada
  14. Old City of Acre
  15. Tugendhat Villa
  16. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  17. Churches of Peace
  18. Tokaji Wine Region
  19. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  20. Stralsund and Wismar
  21. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  22. Trebic
  23. Kew Gardens
  24. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  25. Monte San Giorgio
  26. White City of Tel-Aviv
  27. Novodevichy Convent
  28. Incense Route of the Negev
  29. Biblical Tells
  30. Muskauer Park
  31. Primeval Beech Forests
  32. Kernavë Archeological Site
  33. Kii Mountain Range
  34. Vegaøyan
  35. Liverpool
  36. Regensburg
  37. Etruscan Necropolises
  38. Centennial Hall
  39. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  40. Le Havre
  41. Gulf of California
  42. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  43. Struve Geodetic Arc
  44. Shiretoko
  45. West Norwegian Fjords
  46. Nesvizh
  47. Syracuse
  48. Genoa
  49. Bahá’i Holy Places
  50. Dolomites
  51. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  52. Stari Grad Plain
  53. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  54. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  55. Kotor
  56. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  57. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  58. Bordeaux
  59. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  60. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  61. Rhaetian Railway
  62. Hiraizumi
  63. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  64. Fortifications of Vauban
  65. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  66. Stoclet House
  67. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  68. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  69. Wadden Sea
  70. Longobards in Italy
  71. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  72. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  73. Redwood
  74. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  75. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  76. Camino Real
  77. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  78. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  79. Fagus Factory
  80. University of Coimbra
  81. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  82. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  83. Fujisan
  84. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  85. Burgundy
  86. Mount Etna
  87. Bethlehem
  88. Poverty Point
  89. Corvey
  90. Tomioka Silk Mill
  91. Champagne
  92. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  93. Par force hunting landscape
  94. Old City of Jerusalem
  95. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  96. Forth Bridge
  97. Rjukan / Notodden
  98. Arab-Norman Palermo
  99. Mammoth Cave
  100. Olympic National Park
  101. Venetian Works of Defence
  102. Great Barrier Reef
  103. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  104. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  105. Fontainebleau
  106. Amiens Cathedral
  107. Orange
  108. Arles
  109. Sydney Opera House
  110. Speyer Cathedral
  111. Würzburg Residence
  112. Florence
  113. Medici Villas and Gardens
  114. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  115. Cahokia Mounds
  116. Rila Monastery
  117. Nessebar
  118. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  119. Pirin National Park
  120. Avignon
  121. Nancy
  122. Great Smoky Mountains
  123. Belem
  124. Old City of Berne
  125. Abbey of St Gall
  126. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  127. Mesa Verde
  128. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  129. Lübeck
  130. Yellowstone
  131. Vatican City
  132. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  133. Cracow
  134. Cologne Cathedral
  135. Aachen Cathedral
  136. Warsaw
  137. Québec
  138. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  139. Statue of Liberty
  140. Yosemite National Park
  141. Auschwitz Birkenau
  142. Altamira Cave
  143. Segovia
  144. Cordoba
  145. Granada
  146. El Escurial
  147. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  148. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  149. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  150. Pont du Gard
  151. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  152. Santiago de Compostela
  153. Avila
  154. Rock Art of Alta
  155. Chaco Culture
  156. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  157. Istanbul
  158. Göreme NP
  159. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  160. Evora
  161. Trier
  162. Giant's Causeway
  163. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  164. Ironbridge Gorge
  165. Studley Royal Park
  166. Stonehenge
  167. Gwynedd Castles
  168. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  169. Toledo
  170. Salamanca
  171. Seville
  172. Skocjan Caves
  173. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  174. Venice and its Lagoon
  175. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  176. Budapest
  177. Hollókö
  178. Acropolis
  179. Hawaii Volcanoes
  180. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  181. Teotihuacan
  182. Ibiza
  183. Boyana Church
  184. Tongariro National Park
  185. Lake District
  186. Blenheim Palace
  187. Westminster
  188. City of Bath
  189. New Lanark
  190. Madara Rider
  191. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  192. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  193. Monticello
  194. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  195. Mount Athos
  196. Meteora
  197. Thessalonika
  198. Hortobágy
  199. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  200. Tower of London
  201. Epidaurus
  202. Taos Pueblo
  203. Rhodes
  204. Strasbourg
  205. Canterbury
  206. Mystras
  207. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  208. Olympia
  209. Santo Domingo
  210. Kiev
  211. Delos
  212. Potsdam
  213. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  214. Quedlinburg
  215. St. Petersburg
  216. Vilnius
  217. Kremlin and Red Square
  218. Maulbronn Monastery
  219. Royal Palace at Caserta
  220. Røros
  221. San Gimignano
  222. Te Wahipounamu
  223. Birka and Hovgarden
  224. Engelsberg Ironworks
  225. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  226. Skogskyrkogarden
  227. Drottningholm
  228. Zamosc
  229. Berat and Gjirokastra
  230. Butrint
  231. Urnes Stave Church
  232. Old Rauma
  233. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  234. Petäjävesi Old Church
  235. Danube Delta
  236. Bryggen
  237. Villages with Fortified Churches
  238. Monastery of Horezu
  239. Churches of Moldavia
  240. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  241. Reims
  242. Novgorod
  243. Prague
  244. Cesky Krumlov
  245. Banska Stiavnica
  246. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  247. Telc
  248. Vlkolinec
  249. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  250. Bamberg
  251. Mir Castle
  252. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  253. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  254. Tikal National Park
  255. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  256. Brú na Bóinne
  257. Horyu-ji Area
  258. Himeji-jo
  259. Shirakami-Sanchi
  260. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  261. Matera
  262. Völklingen Ironworks
  263. Ancient Kyoto
  264. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  265. Roskilde Cathedral
  266. Kronborg Castle
  267. Jelling
  268. City of Luxembourg
  269. Vicenza
  270. Siena
  271. Glacier parks
  272. Messel Pit
  273. Carlsbad Caverns
  274. Sintra
  275. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  276. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  277. Naples
  278. Edinburgh
  279. Bauhaus Sites
  280. Crespi d'Adda
  281. Visby
  282. Kutna Hora
  283. Ferrara
  284. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  285. Grand Canyon
  286. Oporto
  287. Pannonhalma
  288. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  289. Everglades
  290. Gammelstad
  291. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  292. Canal du Midi
  293. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  294. Laponian Area
  295. Genbaku Dome
  296. Itsukushima Shrine
  297. Independence Hall
  298. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  299. La Lonja de la Seda
  300. Luther Memorials
  301. Salzburg
  302. Semmering Railway
  303. Schönbrunn
  304. The trulli of Alberobello
  305. Ravenna
  306. Pienza
  307. Maritime Greenwich
  308. Verona
  309. Mont-Saint-Michel
  310. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  311. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  312. Chartres Cathedral
  313. Trogir
  314. Kinderdijk
  315. Tallinn
  316. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  317. Botanical Garden, Padua
  318. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  319. Modena
  320. Urbino
  321. Pompei
  322. Versailles
  323. Costiera Amalfitana
  324. Agrigento
  325. Villa Romana del Casale
  326. Torun
  327. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  328. Classical Weimar
  329. Malbork Castle
  330. Troy
  331. Vézère Valley
  332. Riga
  333. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  334. Flemish Béguinages
  335. The Four Lifts
  336. Grand Place, Brussels
  337. Holy Trinity Column
  338. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  339. Holasovice
  340. L'viv
  341. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  342. Ancient Nara
  343. Karlskrona
  344. Lyon
  345. Provins
  346. Bellinzone
  347. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  348. Wartburg Castle
  349. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  350. Litomysl Castle
  351. Sighisoara
  352. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  353. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  354. Dacian Fortresses
  355. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  356. Isole Eolie
  357. Rome
  358. Nikko
  359. Greater Blue Mountains
  360. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  361. Graz
  362. Saint-Emilion
  363. Loire Valley
  364. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  365. Mycenae and Tiryns
  366. Belfries
  367. Mostar
  368. Dubrovnik
  369. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  370. Southern Öland
  371. Split
  372. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  373. Bardejov Town
  374. Reichenau
  375. Zollverein
  376. Corfu
  377. Plitvice Lakes
  378. Ohrid Region
  379. Assisi
  380. Curonian Spit
  381. Brugge
  1. Chernobyl
  2. Mecca, Kaaba
  3. Minoan palaces of Crete
  4. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  5. Palaces of Yalta
  6. Silk Roads
  7. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow