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Profile echwel

In 2010 I visited the Plitvice lakes and was stunned by its sheer beauty. It was like walking through a fairy tale landscape and it really felt like something special. Since this is a WHS and I agreed with my partner we should do this more often (instead of laying on the beach drinking beer) I started to study the list for more sites to visit. After all they claim to be of "outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity".

Over the years this "WHS-thing" grew upon me. It got so important it evolved into the quest most people here are suffering from. Unfortunately I can't say the same thing about my partner. She prefers the beach again. I often have to use lame excuses to drag her of it and join me at yet another WHS-visit.

I recently started to blog about my adventures. If anyone is interested: http://unesco-queesties.nl/

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San Gimignano echwel

If you’re serious about WHS-hunting make sure you pay a visit to Tuscany, Italy. In a relative small area you can find 7 top notch sites of which San Gimignano is one. Although most of you probably have seen your fair share of medieval towns this one really stands out, literally that is.

The unique thing about San Gimignano is its centuries old skyline. Back in medieval times there was a bit of trouble between the pope and the emperor who both wanted absolute power.

Read on


Beemster Polder echwel

“When will we be there?”, asked my wife when we were driving in the middle of the WHS Beemster. A question, I quess, which kind of sums up the outstanding universal value of the site; if you don’t know about it you will have a hard time seeing and appreciating it.

Because the Beemster just looks like any other “polder”, a green flat meadow, I couldn’t really blame her. However, when it was created in the 17th century the Dutch made an effort to create the most ideal landscape ever made.

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Aachen Cathedral echwel

Everyone knows how popular cathedrals are in Unesco´s list. I know how some kind of a fatique can emerge ticking off yet another one. But do please forget about these kind of prejudice when visiting Aachen. This one is truly worthy of its worldheritage qualification.

Already when entering the church you’ll know this one is special. You will probably be impressed by its coulourful mosaics, not a sight very common with (gothic) cathedrals, and its overall appearance.

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Vizcaya Bridge echwel


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Name: echwel

Country: NL

Visited WHS: 136

Most Impressive: Plitvice/Granada

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Recently Visited WHS

Update April 8, 2017

Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin

Lists

  1. Major Town Houses
  2. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  3. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  4. Val di Noto
  5. Vienna
  6. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  7. Stralsund and Wismar
  8. Trebic
  9. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  10. Primeval Beech Forests
  11. Liverpool
  12. Thingvellir
  13. Causses and Cévennes
  14. Regensburg
  15. Le Havre
  16. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  17. Syracuse
  18. Vizcaya Bridge
  19. Dolomites
  20. Bordeaux
  21. Fortifications of Vauban
  22. Stoclet House
  23. Tower of Hercules
  24. Wadden Sea
  25. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  26. Redwood
  27. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  28. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  29. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  30. Fagus Factory
  31. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  32. Mount Etna
  33. Van Nellefabriek
  34. Corvey
  35. Champagne
  36. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  37. Antequera Dolmens Site
  38. Fontainebleau
  39. Arles
  40. Speyer Cathedral
  41. Florence
  42. Medici Villas and Gardens
  43. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  44. Avignon
  45. Nancy
  46. Lübeck
  47. Vatican City
  48. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  49. Cracow
  50. Cologne Cathedral
  51. Aachen Cathedral
  52. Yosemite National Park
  53. Altamira Cave
  54. Asturian Monuments
  55. Cordoba
  56. Granada
  57. Burgos Cathedral
  58. El Escurial
  59. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  60. Pont du Gard
  61. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  62. Istanbul
  63. Trier
  64. Seville
  65. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  66. Budapest
  67. Westminster
  68. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  69. Tower of London
  70. Rhodes
  71. Strasbourg
  72. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  73. Potsdam
  74. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  75. Quedlinburg
  76. Maulbronn Monastery
  77. San Gimignano
  78. Birka and Hovgarden
  79. Skogskyrkogarden
  80. Drottningholm
  81. Butrint
  82. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  83. Reims
  84. Prague
  85. Cesky Krumlov
  86. Telc
  87. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  88. Bamberg
  89. Bourges Cathedral
  90. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  91. Donana National Park
  92. Völklingen Ironworks
  93. City of Luxembourg
  94. Siena
  95. Bauhaus Sites
  96. Schokland
  97. Grand Canyon
  98. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  99. Canal du Midi
  100. Luther Memorials
  101. Schönbrunn
  102. Mont-Saint-Michel
  103. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  104. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  105. Chartres Cathedral
  106. Kinderdijk
  107. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  108. Versailles
  109. Agrigento
  110. Villa Romana del Casale
  111. Classical Weimar
  112. Flemish Béguinages
  113. The Four Lifts
  114. Grand Place, Brussels
  115. Holasovice
  116. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  117. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  118. Lyon
  119. Provins
  120. Bellinzone
  121. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  122. Wartburg Castle
  123. Beemster Polder
  124. Isole Eolie
  125. Rome
  126. Saint-Emilion
  127. Loire Valley
  128. Belfries
  129. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  130. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  131. Zollverein
  132. Corfu
  133. Plitvice Lakes
  134. Roman Walls of Lugo
  135. Atapuerca
  136. Brugge
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Lower Valley of the Awash
  3. Val di Noto
  4. Vienna
  5. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  6. Novodevichy Convent
  7. Rio de Janeiro
  8. Fujian Tulou
  9. Persepolis
  10. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  11. Thingvellir
  12. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  13. Gulf of California
  14. West Norwegian Fjords
  15. Bam Cultural Landscape
  16. Kathmandu Valley
  17. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  18. Crac des Chevaliers
  19. Ouro Preto
  20. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  21. Shushtar
  22. Longobards in Italy
  23. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  24. Redwood
  25. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  26. Wadi Rum
  27. Çatalhöyük
  28. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  29. Okavango Delta
  30. Bethlehem
  31. Silk Roads
  32. Los Glaciares
  33. Stone Spheres of the Diquís
  34. Qhapaq Ñan
  35. Old City of Jerusalem
  36. Aksum
  37. Great Barrier Reef
  38. Serengeti
  39. Arles
  40. Medina of Fez
  41. Fort and Shalamar Gardens
  42. Florence
  43. Lalibela
  44. Tasmanian Wilderness
  45. Leptis Magna
  46. Damascus
  47. Rila Monastery
  48. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  49. Sun Temple, Konarak
  50. Taj Mahal
  51. Lübeck
  52. Cuzco
  53. Machu Picchu
  54. Yellowstone
  55. Vatican City
  56. Cracow
  57. Baalbek
  58. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  59. Auschwitz Birkenau
  60. Altamira Cave
  61. Segovia
  62. Cordoba
  63. Granada
  64. Burgos Cathedral
  65. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  66. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  67. Petra
  68. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  69. Kaziranga National Park
  70. Iguacu
  71. Istanbul
  72. Göreme NP
  73. Site of Carthage
  74. Stonehenge
  75. Gwynedd Castles
  76. Seville
  77. Sana'a
  78. Venice and its Lagoon
  79. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  80. Budapest
  81. Kilimanjaro National Park
  82. Acropolis
  83. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  84. Teotihuacan
  85. Potosi
  86. Westminster
  87. Great Wall
  88. Imperial Palace
  89. Mogao Caves
  90. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  91. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  92. Brasilia
  93. Nemrut Dag
  94. Meteora
  95. Chichen-Itza
  96. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  97. Victoria Falls
  98. Neolithic Orkney
  99. Olympia
  100. Kiev
  101. St. Petersburg
  102. Kizhi Pogost
  103. Kremlin and Red Square
  104. Te Wahipounamu
  105. Shark Bay
  106. Urnes Stave Church
  107. Borobudur
  108. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  109. Bukhara
  110. Samarkand
  111. Komodo National Park
  112. Prague
  113. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  114. Bamberg
  115. Prambanan
  116. Brú na Bóinne
  117. Himeji-jo
  118. Angkor
  119. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  120. Ha Long Bay
  121. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  122. Ancient Kyoto
  123. Nasca Lines
  124. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  125. Potala Palace
  126. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  127. Rapa Nui
  128. Siena
  129. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  130. Naples
  131. Edinburgh
  132. San Agustín
  133. Grand Canyon
  134. Lake Baikal
  135. Everglades
  136. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  137. Laponian Area
  138. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  139. The trulli of Alberobello
  140. Ravenna
  141. Maritime Greenwich
  142. The Sundarbans
  143. Mont-Saint-Michel
  144. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  145. Chartres Cathedral
  146. Ping Yao
  147. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  148. Kinderdijk
  149. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  150. Pompei
  151. Versailles
  152. Malbork Castle
  153. Riga
  154. Pyramids (Memphis)
  155. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  156. Ancient Thebes
  157. Nubian Monuments
  158. Historic Cairo
  159. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  160. Isole Eolie
  161. Rome
  162. Loire Valley
  163. Cueva de las Manos
  164. Dubrovnik
  165. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  166. Plitvice Lakes
  167. Assisi
  168. Brugge
  169. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  170. Meroe
  171. Great Himalayan National Park