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ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape Walter

ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape by Walter

The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape, otherwise known as the The !Xam Khomani Heartland corresponds in fact to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. To add some more confusion, together with the Bostwana Gemsbok National Parks, if forms the African Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

South Africa justifies the OUV with the association of the red dunes of the parks and the ǂKhomani and related San people, who descend directly from the ancient population that inhabited southern Africa around 150,000 years ago.

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Levadas of Madeira Island (T) Walter

Levadas of Madeira Island  (T) by Walter

The levadas of Madeira island are a system of channels and aqueducs collecting waters from the mountains and bringing them down to the coastal areas, for irrigation of lands or hydroelectric plants.

Levadas are widespread around the island. They pass through forests (notably the Laurisilva Forest on the WHL), going hillside, hanging on almost vertical cliffs or going through tunnels. Building them was an engineering achievment, Madeirans are very proud of. This project can be compared with the “Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman”. For me, it clearly has an OUV.

Many hiking trails follow the course of the levadas. A practical guide is published by Rother Wanderfuhrer, available in German , English and French (

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Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T) Walter

Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T) by Walter

The Talaiotic Culture is an ancient society established on the Balearic Island between the Iron Age and its replacement by the Punic and the Roman cultures. Menorca Island has many stone remains of that culture, of which 25 are to be considered to be nominated as WHS.

I used to have family vacation on Menorca, the least developed and most natural island on the Balearic Islands. Vacation on Menorca is rather laid-back. Development on Menorca was slow, and unlike Ibiza and Mallorca, huge concrete hotels and vacation town are absent. Beaches are very nice, with clear blue water, often enclosed between trees-covered cliffs on both sides.

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Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T) Walter

Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T) by Walter

Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Cultural Landscape was originally planned for nomination in 2016. I decided to visit this TL site ahead of its official inscription, in april 2016. This nomination was withdrawn a few weeks later, due to the ICOMOS evaluation, pointing, as I understood, a lack of coherence between the individual components.

It is true that this project is difficult to apprehend. On the German side, there is 8 areas, with 39 elements and more than 110 sites (some sites including up to 11 significant objects). The Czech side consists of 4 cultural lanscapes, one lime work and the Red Tower of Death.

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Namib Sand Sea Walter

Namib Sand Sea by Walter

I was suprised no one has reviewed this site yet, as it is considered the number one destination in Namibia. I visited the area back in 1996.

The « Namib Sand Sea » is a huge desert of sand dunes blocked between the semi-arid plains in the east and the cold atlantic ocean in the west. On an independant basis, the Sossusvlei area is the easiest to visit. Nowaday, I’ve read that there can be long lines to enter the park. Back in 1996, it was a solitary place.

Sossusvlei is a magnificiant and magical area. A road, now tarred, is following a large white salt and clay pan deep into the sand sea. All around are numerous high pink dunes, some being more than 300 meters high. It is a photographer’s paradise.

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Name: Walter

Country: Switzerland

Visited WHS: 334

Most Impressive:

Proposal New WHS: The cultural landscape (turf houses) of the Feroe Island.
The culutral landscape of Aran island (Ireland)


  1. Major Town Houses
  2. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  6. Ephesus
  7. Villa d'Este
  8. Val d'Orcia
  9. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  10. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  11. Guimarães
  12. Vienna
  13. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  14. Masada
  15. Old City of Acre
  16. Aranjuez
  17. Alto Douro
  18. Tugendhat Villa
  19. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  20. Churches of Peace
  21. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  22. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  23. Trebic
  24. Kew Gardens
  25. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  26. Monte San Giorgio
  27. Um er-Rasas
  28. White City of Tel-Aviv
  29. Incense Route of the Negev
  30. Biblical Tells
  31. Pico Island
  32. Muskauer Park
  33. Grimeton Radio Station
  34. Kernavë Archeological Site
  35. Liverpool
  36. Thingvellir
  37. Causses and Cévennes
  38. Regensburg
  39. Etruscan Necropolises
  40. Pitons Management Area
  41. Centennial Hall
  42. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  43. Struve Geodetic Arc
  44. West Norwegian Fjords
  45. Aflaj irrigation system
  46. Genoa
  47. Vizcaya Bridge
  48. Bahá’i Holy Places
  49. Rideau Canal
  50. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  51. Stari Grad Plain
  52. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  53. San Marino and Mount Titano
  54. Kotor
  55. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  56. Bordeaux
  57. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  58. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  59. Rhaetian Railway
  60. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  61. Fortifications of Vauban
  62. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  63. Stoclet House
  64. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  65. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  66. Valletta
  67. Tower of Hercules
  68. Heritage of Mercury
  69. Longobards in Italy
  70. Royal Joseon Tombs
  71. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  72. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  73. Hahoe and Yangdong
  74. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  75. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  76. Elvas
  77. Fagus Factory
  78. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  79. Serra de Tramuntana
  80. Wadi Rum
  81. Margravial Opera House
  82. Mount Carmel Caves
  83. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  84. Stevns Klint
  85. Bethlehem
  86. Van Nellefabriek
  87. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  88. Corvey
  89. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  90. Par force hunting landscape
  91. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  92. Old City of Jerusalem
  93. Forth Bridge
  94. Battir
  95. Caves and Ice Age Art
  96. Venetian Works of Defence
  97. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  98. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  99. Fontainebleau
  100. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  101. Speyer Cathedral
  102. Würzburg Residence
  103. Florence
  104. Medici Villas and Gardens
  105. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  106. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  107. Old Havana
  108. Angra do Heroismo
  109. Avignon
  110. Nancy
  111. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  112. Vallée de Mai
  113. Belem
  114. Monastery of Batalha
  115. Old City of Berne
  116. Abbey of St Gall
  117. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  118. Mesa Verde
  119. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  120. Lübeck
  121. Yellowstone
  122. Vatican City
  123. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  124. Cracow
  125. Cologne Cathedral
  126. Aachen Cathedral
  127. Québec
  128. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  129. Statue of Liberty
  130. Yosemite National Park
  131. Auschwitz Birkenau
  132. Segovia
  133. Asturian Monuments
  134. Cordoba
  135. Granada
  136. Burgos Cathedral
  137. El Escurial
  138. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  139. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  140. Petra
  141. Quseir Amra
  142. Medina of Marrakesh
  143. Pont du Gard
  144. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  145. Santiago de Compostela
  146. Avila
  147. Rock Art of Alta
  148. Chaco Culture
  149. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  150. Istanbul
  151. Medina of Tunis
  152. Evora
  153. Trier
  154. Giant's Causeway
  155. Site of Carthage
  156. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  157. Toledo
  158. Salamanca
  159. Seville
  160. Caceres
  161. Studenica Monastery
  162. Skocjan Caves
  163. Venice and its Lagoon
  164. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  165. Budapest
  166. Ibiza
  167. Westminster
  168. City of Bath
  169. Bahla Fort
  170. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  171. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  172. Tower of London
  173. Taos Pueblo
  174. Strasbourg
  175. Canterbury
  176. Medina of Sousse
  177. Monastery of Alcobaça
  178. Neolithic Orkney
  179. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  180. Kiev
  181. Potsdam
  182. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  183. Quedlinburg
  184. Vilnius
  185. Maulbronn Monastery
  186. Royal Palace at Caserta
  187. Røros
  188. San Gimignano
  189. Birka and Hovgarden
  190. Engelsberg Ironworks
  191. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  192. Skogskyrkogarden
  193. Drottningholm
  194. Sammallahdenmäki
  195. Old Rauma
  196. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  197. Petäjävesi Old Church
  198. Bryggen
  199. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  200. Reims
  201. Prague
  202. Cesky Krumlov
  203. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  204. Telc
  205. Vlkolinec
  206. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  207. Bamberg
  208. Bourges Cathedral
  209. Himeji-jo
  210. Yakushima
  211. Mérida
  212. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  213. Völklingen Ironworks
  214. Ancient Kyoto
  215. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  216. Roskilde Cathedral
  217. Kronborg Castle
  218. Jelling
  219. City of Luxembourg
  220. Mtskheta
  221. Upper Svaneti
  222. Gelati Monastery
  223. Vicenza
  224. Siena
  225. Messel Pit
  226. Carlsbad Caverns
  227. Sintra
  228. Naples
  229. Edinburgh
  230. Bauhaus Sites
  231. Crespi d'Adda
  232. Visby
  233. Kutna Hora
  234. Ferrara
  235. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  236. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  237. Haeinsa Temple
  238. Jongmyo Shrine
  239. Schokland
  240. Grand Canyon
  241. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  242. Oporto
  243. Sceilg Mhichíl
  244. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  245. Gammelstad
  246. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  247. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  248. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  249. Laponian Area
  250. Genbaku Dome
  251. Itsukushima Shrine
  252. Haghpat and Sanahin
  253. Cuenca
  254. La Lonja de la Seda
  255. Luther Memorials
  256. Salzburg
  257. Semmering Railway
  258. Schönbrunn
  259. Ravenna
  260. Pienza
  261. Maritime Greenwich
  262. Verona
  263. Las Medulas
  264. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  265. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  266. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  267. Chartres Cathedral
  268. Trogir
  269. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  270. Kinderdijk
  271. Tallinn
  272. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  273. Botanical Garden, Padua
  274. Aquileia
  275. Modena
  276. Urbino
  277. Pompei
  278. Versailles
  279. Costiera Amalfitana
  280. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  281. Vézelay
  282. Viñales Valley
  283. Classical Weimar
  284. Riga
  285. Flemish Béguinages
  286. The Four Lifts
  287. Grand Place, Brussels
  288. Holy Trinity Column
  289. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  290. Holasovice
  291. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  292. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  293. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  294. Ancient Nara
  295. Karlskrona
  296. Lyon
  297. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  298. Tarraco
  299. Alcala de Henares
  300. Bellinzone
  301. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  302. Wartburg Castle
  303. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  304. Beemster Polder
  305. Litomysl Castle
  306. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  307. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  308. Rome
  309. Nikko
  310. Robben Island
  311. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  312. Palmeral of Elche
  313. Graz
  314. Saint-Emilion
  315. Loire Valley
  316. Laurisilva of Madeira
  317. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  318. Belfries
  319. Mostar
  320. Dubrovnik
  321. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  322. Monastery of Geghard
  323. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  324. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  325. Southern Öland
  326. Split
  327. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  328. Reichenau
  329. Zollverein
  330. Gyeongju
  331. Plitvice Lakes
  332. Roman Walls of Lugo
  333. Assisi
  334. Brugge
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Aires volcaniques et forestières de la Martinique (T)
  3. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  4. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  5. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  6. Ancares - Somiedo (T)
  7. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  8. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  9. Azraq (T)
  10. Bet She'an (T)
  11. Big Bend National Park (T)
  12. Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve (T)
  13. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  14. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  15. Caesarea (T)
  16. Cascata delle Marmore and valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  17. Central Park (T)
  18. Chaîne des Puys et faille de Limagne (T)
  19. Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (T)
  20. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  21. City of Motovun (T)
  22. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  23. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  25. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  26. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  27. Degania & Nahalal (T)
  28. Djerdap National Park (T)
  29. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  30. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  31. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  32. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  33. El-Bariyah: wilderness with monasteries (T)
  34. Ellis Island (T)
  35. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  36. Flow Country (T)
  37. Fortified Manasija Monastery (T)
  38. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  39. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  40. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  41. Gelati Monastery (T)
  42. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  43. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  44. Hangar Y (T)
  45. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  46. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston with Mali Ston, connecting walls, the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve, Stonsko Po (T)
  47. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  48. Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (T)
  49. Jerusalem (T)
  50. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  51. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  52. La Camargue (T)
  53. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  54. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  55. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  56. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  57. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  58. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  59. Le tronçon Bavay-Tongres de la chaussée romaine Boulogne-Cologne situe sur le territoire de la Région wallonne (T)
  60. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  61. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  62. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  63. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  64. Madinat al-Zahra (T)
  65. Makhteshim Country (T)
  66. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  67. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  68. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  69. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  70. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T)
  71. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T)
  72. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  73. Mosquée de Tinmel (T)
  74. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  75. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  76. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  77. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  78. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  79. Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales, Meudon (T)
  80. Orvieto (T)
  81. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  82. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  83. Parc national de la Vanoise (T)
  84. Parc national des Écrins (T)
  85. Paysage culturel minier des Monts Métallifères (Erzgebirge) (T)
  86. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  87. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  88. Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre (T)
  89. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  90. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  91. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  92. Rade de Marseille (T)
  93. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  94. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  95. Samtavisi Cathedral (T)
  96. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  97. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  98. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  99. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  100. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  101. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  102. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  103. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  104. St. George Fortified System (T)
  105. St. George Historic District (T)
  106. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  107. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  108. Teylers (T)
  109. The archaeological site of the city of Dvin (T)
  110. The basilica and archaeological site of Yererouk (T)
  111. The Burren (T)
  112. The Céide Fields and North West Mayo Boglands (T)
  113. The city of Bergamo (T)
  114. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  115. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  116. The Forstress of Terez (T)
  117. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  118. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  119. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  120. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  121. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  122. The Lofoten islands (T)
  123. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  124. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  125. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi (T)
  126. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley (T)
  127. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  128. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  129. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blidinje (T)
  130. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  131. The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages (T)
  132. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  133. The Rock paintings of Astuvansalmi at Ristiina (T)
  134. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  135. The Silver Route (T)
  136. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  137. The Trelleborg fortresses (T)
  138. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  139. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  140. Timna (T)
  141. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  142. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  143. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  144. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  145. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  146. Vatnajökull National Park (T)
  147. Velebit Mountain (T)
  148. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  149. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  150. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  151. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  152. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  153. Voormalige Nazorgkolonie en Sanatorium Zonnestraal (T)
  154. Western Stone Forts (T)
  155. White Sands National Monument (T)
  1. Atacama Desert
  2. Chernobyl
  3. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  4. Concordia
  5. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area
  6. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  7. Dzongs of Bhutan
  8. Island of Inishmore
  9. Jebel Shams, Wadi Nakhur, and Wadi Ghul
  10. Laas Gaal
  11. Mt Kailash
  12. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  13. Salisbury Plains, Grytviken
  14. Scrovegni's Chapel
  15. Shwedagon Pagoda
  16. Svalbard
  17. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  18. Triple arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan
  19. Vatnajökull National Park
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier