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Alexander Barabanov

I work in finance field. I started to specifically target UNESCO Heritage sites while travelling approximately from 2006. Usually I try to tick off the sites both during business trips and leisure tours. Of course, there is some percentage of strange sites, when you're asking yourself, what am I doing here, but in general these sites are special and very rewarding to reach and see. Visting them and seeing some specific aspects of human activity and nature phenomona increases significantly knowledge horizons.

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Stevns Klint Alexander Barabanov

Stevns Klint by Alexander Barabanov

Visited Stevns Klint in September 2017. The place is very popular among locals, who seemingly spent the whole day there walking along the coastline and some attraction points like COld War Museum.

Also spent around 30 minutes trying to find any fossil on the beach below Stevns Klint but without success.

Information leaflets provide indication of where very thin K/T layer is located.

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Christiansfeld Alexander Barabanov

Christiansfeld by Alexander Barabanov

Visited Christiansfeld during weekend tour from Copenhagen in September 2017. I liked this quit unusual city and the whole story behind Moravian church.

The most imppressive site for me was also cemetery with the funeral plates that haven't changed in the last 200 years.

Also central church with minimum decorations and white benches looks like discussion hall rather then ritual place.

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Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes Alexander Barabanov

Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes by Alexander Barabanov

Finally ticked off the last Belgian site!

Was lucky to book mine visit on 26 August 2017. The price was 14 Euro. There was French speaking group and the guide first provided information for them and then English summary for me.

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Kernavë Archeological Site Alexander Barabanov

Visited this site in August 2017. A visual representation of site is a little bit strange: five hills and green valley from the hills to the river. When walking around the hills it is quite difficult to imagine how the constructions were located; however in the museum there is visual demonstration of the place during prosperity times. But still it looks like that the hills’ surface is too small to accommodate anything larger than one house circled by a wall (and I can image how it was painful to carry water, food and everything all the time up the hill).

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Sviyazhsk Alexander Barabanov

Visited Sviyazhsk in August 2017 just 1 day before Irina Bokova also visited this site in order to personally hand over UNESCO certificate. For this occasion on the road from Kazan airport there were celebrative flags and posters.

We visited Sviyazhsk as half-day tour on car from Kazan. The place is now extremely touristy and visited by the group hoards.

This legendary city was founded in 1551 by Ivan the Terrible as an outpost to attack and capture Kazan. The wooden Kremlin was constructed in 4 weeks with the wood transported 700 km through river from Uglich. In 1 year Kazan was seized and included into the growing Moscovite kingdom. Sviyazhsk became quite big military base and city.

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Name: Alexander Barabanov

Country: Russia

Visited WHS: 474

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu, Brugge, Angkor Vat

Proposal New WHS: Volgograd (Stalingrad battlefield places), Old city of Pskov, Manhattan (Iconic highscrapers like Empire State Building, Chrysler Building)

Update 2018-05-09 19:53:52

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  3. Abbey of St Gall
  4. Acropolis
  5. Agra Fort
  6. Agrigento
  7. Alcala de Henares
  8. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  9. Altamira Cave
  10. Amiens Cathedral
  11. Amphitheater of El Jem
  12. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  13. Ancient Kyoto
  14. Ancient Nara
  15. Angkor
  16. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  17. Anuradhapura
  18. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  19. Aquileia
  20. Arab-Norman Palermo
  21. Aranjuez
  22. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  23. Arequipa
  24. Arles
  25. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  26. Assisi
  27. Asturian Monuments
  28. Auschwitz Birkenau
  29. Avignon
  30. Avila
  31. Baalbek
  32. Bamberg
  33. Banska Stiavnica
  34. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  35. Bardejov Town
  36. Bauhaus Sites
  37. Beemster Polder
  38. Belfries
  39. Bellinzone
  40. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  41. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  42. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  43. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  44. Bisotun
  45. Blenheim Palace
  46. Bolgar
  47. Bosra
  48. Botanical Garden, Padua
  49. Boyana Church
  50. Bridgetown
  51. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  52. Brugge
  53. Budapest
  54. Burgos Cathedral
  55. Byblos
  56. Caceres
  57. Calakmul
  58. Camagüey
  59. Camino Real
  60. Campeche
  61. Canterbury
  62. Cape Floral Region
  63. Castel del Monte
  64. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  65. Centennial Hall
  66. Central Highlands
  67. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  68. Cesky Krumlov
  69. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  70. Chartres Cathedral
  71. Chichen-Itza
  72. Chitwan National Park
  73. Choirokoitia
  74. Christiansfeld
  75. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  76. Churches of Moldavia
  77. Churches of Peace
  78. Cienfuegos
  79. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  80. City of Bath
  81. City of Luxembourg
  82. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  83. Classical Weimar
  84. Cologne Cathedral
  85. Colonia del Sacramento
  86. Congonhas
  87. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  88. Cordoba
  89. Corfu
  90. Corvey
  91. Costiera Amalfitana
  92. Crac des Chevaliers
  93. Cracow
  94. Crespi d'Adda
  95. Cuenca
  96. Curonian Spit
  97. Cuzco
  98. Dacian Fortresses
  99. Damascus
  100. Danube Delta
  101. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  102. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  103. Dengfeng
  104. Derbent
  105. Desembarco del Granma National Park
  106. Diamantina
  107. Djémila
  108. Dolomites
  109. Dougga/Thugga
  110. Drottningholm
  111. Dubrovnik
  112. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  113. Durmitor National Park
  114. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  115. Edinburgh
  116. El Escurial
  117. Ephesus
  118. Epidaurus
  119. Etruscan Necropolises
  120. Everglades
  121. Evora
  122. Fagus Factory
  123. Fatehpur Sikri
  124. Ferapontov Monastery
  125. Ferrara
  126. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  127. First Coffee Plantations
  128. Flemish Béguinages
  129. Florence
  130. Fontainebleau
  131. Fortifications of Vauban
  132. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  133. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  134. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  135. Fujisan
  136. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  137. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  138. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  139. Gelati Monastery
  140. Genbaku Dome
  141. Genoa
  142. Giant's Causeway
  143. Gobustan Rock Art
  144. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  145. Golestan Palace
  146. Granada
  147. Grand Canal
  148. Grand Place, Brussels
  149. Graz
  150. Great Wall
  151. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  152. Guanajuato
  153. Guimarães
  154. Gwynedd Castles
  155. Haghpat and Sanahin
  156. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  157. Heritage of Mercury
  158. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  159. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  160. Himeji-jo
  161. Holasovice
  162. Hollókö
  163. Holy Trinity Column
  164. Horyu-ji Area
  165. Humayun's Tomb
  166. Hwaseong Fortress
  167. Iguacu
  168. Imperial Palace
  169. Imperial Tombs
  170. Independence Hall
  171. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  172. Isole Eolie
  173. Istanbul
  174. Itsukushima Shrine
  175. Jantar Mantar
  176. Jelling
  177. Jongmyo Shrine
  178. Kairouan
  179. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  180. Kandy
  181. Kasbah of Algiers
  182. Kathmandu Valley
  183. Kazan Kremlin
  184. Kernavë Archeological Site
  185. Kew Gardens
  186. Kiev
  187. Kinderdijk
  188. Kizhi Pogost
  189. Koguryo Tombs
  190. Kotor
  191. Kremlin and Red Square
  192. Kronborg Castle
  193. Kutna Hora
  194. L'viv
  195. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  196. La Lonja de la Seda
  197. Lake Baikal
  198. Las Medulas
  199. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  200. Le Havre
  201. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  202. Lima
  203. Litomysl Castle
  204. Liverpool
  205. Longmen Grottoes
  206. Longobards in Italy
  207. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  208. Lumbini
  209. Luther Memorials
  210. Lyon
  211. Lübeck
  212. Macao
  213. Machu Picchu
  214. Madara Rider
  215. Major Town Houses
  216. Malbork Castle
  217. Maloti Drakensberg
  218. Mana Pools
  219. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  220. Margravial Opera House
  221. Maritime Greenwich
  222. Masjed-e Jâme'
  223. Matera
  224. Matobo Hills
  225. Maulbronn Monastery
  226. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  227. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  228. Medina of Fez
  229. Medina of Marrakesh
  230. Medina of Sousse
  231. Medina of Tunis
  232. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  233. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  234. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  235. Meknes
  236. Messel Pit
  237. Meteora
  238. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  239. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  240. Mir Castle
  241. Modena
  242. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  243. Monastery of Batalha
  244. Monastery of Geghard
  245. Monastery of Horezu
  246. Mont-Saint-Michel
  247. Monte San Giorgio
  248. Morelia
  249. Mostar
  250. Mount Etna
  251. Mount Taishan
  252. Mtskheta
  253. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  254. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  255. Muskauer Park
  256. Mycenae and Tiryns
  257. Mystras
  258. Mérida
  259. Namib Sand Sea
  260. Nancy
  261. Naples
  262. Nasca Lines
  263. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  264. Nessebar
  265. Nesvizh
  266. Nikko
  267. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  268. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  269. Novgorod
  270. Novodevichy Convent
  271. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  272. Ohrid Region
  273. Old City of Berne
  274. Old City of Jerusalem
  275. Old Havana
  276. Old Town of Galle
  277. Olympia
  278. Oporto
  279. Orange
  280. Orkhon Valley
  281. Ouro Preto
  282. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  283. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  284. Palenque
  285. Palmeral of Elche
  286. Palmyra
  287. Pannonhalma
  288. Paphos
  289. Par force hunting landscape
  290. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  291. Pasargadae
  292. Peking Man Site
  293. Persepolis
  294. Persian Garden
  295. Petra
  296. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  297. Pienza
  298. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  299. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  300. Ping Yao
  301. Pirin National Park
  302. Pitons Management Area
  303. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  304. Poblet Monastery
  305. Polonnaruva
  306. Pompei
  307. Pont du Gard
  308. Popocatepetl monasteries
  309. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  310. Potsdam
  311. Prague
  312. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  313. Primeval Beech Forests
  314. Provins
  315. Puebla
  316. Quedlinburg
  317. Querétaro
  318. Qutb Minar
  319. Rabat
  320. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  321. Ravenna
  322. Red Fort
  323. Regensburg
  324. Reichenau
  325. Reims
  326. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  327. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  328. Riga
  329. Rila Monastery
  330. Rio de Janeiro
  331. Robben Island
  332. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  333. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  334. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  335. Roman Walls of Lugo
  336. Rome
  337. Roskilde Cathedral
  338. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  339. Royal Joseon Tombs
  340. Royal Palace at Caserta
  341. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  342. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  343. Safranbolu
  344. Salamanca
  345. Salzburg
  346. Samarkand
  347. San Gimignano
  348. San Marino and Mount Titano
  349. San Miguel de Allende
  350. San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  351. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  352. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  353. Santiago de Compostela
  354. Santo Domingo
  355. Schokland
  356. Schönbrunn
  357. Segovia
  358. Semmering Railway
  359. Seville
  360. Shushtar
  361. Sian Ka'an
  362. Siena
  363. Sighisoara
  364. Sigiriya
  365. Sintra
  366. Site of Carthage
  367. Skocjan Caves
  368. Skogskyrkogarden
  369. Solovetsky Islands
  370. Soltaniyeh
  371. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  372. Speyer Cathedral
  373. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  374. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  375. St. George, Bermuda
  376. St. Petersburg
  377. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  378. Statue of Liberty
  379. Stevns Klint
  380. Stoclet House
  381. Stonehenge
  382. Stralsund and Wismar
  383. Strasbourg
  384. Studenica Monastery
  385. Studley Royal Park
  386. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  387. Summer Palace
  388. Susa
  389. Sviyazhsk
  390. Syracuse
  391. Tabriz Bazaar
  392. Taj Mahal
  393. Takht-e Soleyman
  394. Tallinn
  395. Tamgaly
  396. Tchogha Zanbil
  397. Telc
  398. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  399. Temple of Heaven
  400. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  401. Teotihuacan
  402. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  403. The Four Lifts
  404. The trulli of Alberobello
  405. Thessalonika
  406. Thingvellir
  407. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  408. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  409. Timgad
  410. Tipasa
  411. Tlacotalpan
  412. Toledo
  413. Tomioka Silk Mill
  414. Torun
  415. Tower of Hercules
  416. Tower of London
  417. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  418. Trebic
  419. Trier
  420. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  421. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  422. Tugendhat Villa
  423. Twyfelfontein
  424. Tyre
  425. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  426. Urbino
  427. Uxmal
  428. Val d'Orcia
  429. Val di Noto
  430. Valletta
  431. Van Nellefabriek
  432. Vatican City
  433. Venetian Works of Defence
  434. Venice and its Lagoon
  435. Verona
  436. Versailles
  437. Vicenza
  438. Victoria Falls
  439. Vienna
  440. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  441. Villa Romana del Casale
  442. Villa d'Este
  443. Villages with Fortified Churches
  444. Vilnius
  445. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  446. Visby
  447. Vizcaya Bridge
  448. Viñales Valley
  449. Vlkolinec
  450. Volubilis
  451. Völklingen Ironworks
  452. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  453. Wadden Sea
  454. Walled City of Baku
  455. Warsaw
  456. Wartburg Castle
  457. Western Tien-Shan
  458. Westminster
  459. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  460. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  461. Willemstad
  462. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  463. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  464. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  465. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  466. Würzburg Residence
  467. Xanthos-Letoon
  468. Yagul and Mitla
  469. Yaroslavl
  470. Yazd
  471. Yin Xu
  472. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  473. Zamosc
  474. Úbeda and Baeza
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Andaman Islands
  3. Bagan
  4. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  5. Chernobyl
  6. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  7. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  8. Dzongs of Bhutan
  9. Ephesus
  10. Fortified City of Famagusta
  11. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  12. Mecca, Kaaba
  13. Mount Rushmore
  14. Neuschwanstein Castle
  15. Rainforests of Polynesia
  16. Scrovegni's Chapel
  17. Silk Roads
  18. Svalbard
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Vatnajökull National Park