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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: 330

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