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My name is Stephanie Craig, and I am a history and travel blogger. I write about history and travel at History Fangirl.

I love UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I started seeking them out specifically in January, 2016.

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Rome History Fangirl

Rome by History Fangirl

I've been to the parts of Rome that comprise this UNESCO site twice-back in 2011 and in 2014. There's nothing quite like sitting in a taxi, heading into Rome for the first time, and rounding the corner to see the ruins of the Forum.

Today the remains are mostly a jumble of what was rescued from archeological digs. Many of the main sites were covered in 20-30 feet of dirt and debris until the 19th century.

It's been a while since I've been, so I don't have great practical tips. However, here's the interview I just conducted about the Roman Forum that goes much deeper into its history: The Roman Forum.

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Gamzigrad-Romuliana History Fangirl

Gamzigrad-Romuliana by History Fangirl

I went to Gamzigrad-Romuliana on Thursday of last week (late July). I don't know if I would recommend Serbia in high summer, as it was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit most days. But the site itself was beautiful.

I was staying in Belgrade, and hired a driver to take me to the site instead of staying locally for the day.

The ruins themselves were beautiful. Not as spectacular as other ancient Roman sites, but Magura hill (where Galerius and Romula underwent apotheosis to become gods), was beautiful and interesting.

If you're in Belgrade, it's a three hour drive on a very open highway (not a small mountain highway like you get in western Serbia).

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Medieval Monuments in Kosovo History Fangirl

Medieval Monuments in Kosovo by History Fangirl

I visited the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo last week while staying in Pristina. I only had enough time to see Gracanica Monastery, but I very much enjoyed my time there.

The monastery is a lot like other medieval Orthodox Churches on the UNESCO list, but I thought the frescoes inside the church were especially vibrant.

I did not have a hard time getting there. I read online that the easiest way from Pristina to Grananica was to get a taxi arranged by your hostel or hotel. It cost me 15 euros for a taxi there and bring me back to the city.

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Boyana Church History Fangirl

Boyana Church by History Fangirl

Boyana Church is in a quiet, upscale neighborhood on the outskirts of Sofia. It has three distinct eras of construction, from the 10th, 13th, and 19th centuries. The church was restored and maintained with the support of Queen Eleonora, whose grave is on the site.

Inside, there are original frescoes, including one I particularily liked of St. Sofia.

Visiting is easy, it's a quick (maybe 10-15 leva) taxi ride from almost anywhere in the city. In Boyana neighborhood is a movie studio, so if you want to try your luck at spotting American actors on a lunch break, head to the restaurant Cinnecitta nearby afterward.

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Rila Monastery History Fangirl

Rila Monastery by History Fangirl

I love Rila Monastery! I visited it twice, once last fall and again this spring.

The monastery is gorgeous, and has become a symbol of the resillience of the Bulgarian people throughout centuries of opression.

The main church is done in Neo-Byzantine style. It was built in the 19th century after a fire destroyed most of the buildings. There is a tower that is from the 13th century. The monastery was begun towards the end of the first millenium AD.

I have a longer write up here: UNESCO World Heritage Site: Rila Monastery and an hour-ish interview about Rila Monastery.

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