Profile History Fangirl

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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Recent Reviews by History Fangirl

Boyana Church 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.

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Rila Monastery 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.

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Budapest History Fangirl

Budapest's entry on the WHS list encompasses a wide territory. I went to all three sections (the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrassy Avenue). My visit was in February of this year.

The banks of the Danube are gorgeous. It's impossible not to be awed seeing the Parliament at night on the river. I did a night cruise, and I would highly recommend it.

Andrassy Avenue was a great street to walk down in the afternoon.

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Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T) History Fangirl

I visited all 5 landing beaches of Normandy and the Pointe du Hoc this week. The site is expected to become a World Heritage Site in 2019 for the 75th anniversary.

The museum at Utah Beach was very good, giving a great overview of the timeline for that beach and the Americans as a whole. The Juno Beach Center was a great way to learn about the Canadian involvement in D-Day plus it was a great overview of Canadian history as a whole.

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Independence Hall History Fangirl

I lived in Philadelphia, PA for a decade, so Independence Hall was a building I saw frequently. I did two official tours: the first in 2007 during my first year in the city and the second was in January of this year when I went back to visit friends. The building is one of my favorites in the city.

Here's my full write-up of the site: UNESCO World Heritage Site #4: Independence Hall (USA).

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Name: History Fangirl

Country: United States

Visited WHS: 58

Most Impressive: Amalfi Coast

Proposal New WHS: Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion

Recently Visited WHS

Update June 26, 2017

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Ohrid Region