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Alexander Barabanov

I work in finance field. I started to specifically target UNESCO Heritage sites while travelling approximately from 2006. Currently I'm combining several long trips to WHS rich remote regions with weekend visits just to reach one specific site (mainly in Europe). 

Of course, there is certain percentage of oddly sites, when you're asking yourself, what I am doing here, but in general these sites are special and very rewarding to reach and see. The uniqueness is often in their diversity and globality. Visting them and exploring some specific aspects of human activity and nature phenomona increases significantly knowledge horizons. During the process you will find out details of mercury mining, will see thin layer of soil containing remains of 60 million years old, admire mosaics from V century or climb Africa's highest mountain. I think that WHS travelling will be gaining popularity and we also have to contribute to this process.

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Sarazm 08-Dec-18

Sarazm by Alexander Barabanov

Visited this site in September 2018 as part of weekend trip to Tajikistan. It took approximately 3 hours to cover 250 km through picturesque Zaravshan river valley (nomination for 2020 as part of Silk Roads: Zarafshan Corridor) to the site. Sarazm was already inhabited over 5,000 years ago (and this lasted for 1,500 years) and is one of the most ancient cultural place on the earth. It doesn’t look much remarkably: there are five covered archeological digs with clay structures. I was trying to identify the place with round structure looking very similar to small Roman theatre located in Excavation V (this view is featured in a number of old photos as the postcard of the site), but currently there is nothing left resembling this structure, probably it was covered with clay for preservation purpose somehow. The site was discovered only in 1976. Tiny on-site museum has some basic finds and photos of presidential visits to the site. Going back to Dushanbe I also visited ancient Penjinkent ruins, where many Sogdian frescos were found (and moved to Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage). As per the guide, more frescos were identified on-site by the recent dig-outs; they have been conserved and will be unearthed during next season.     

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Grimeton Radio Station 20-Nov-18

Grimeton Radio Station by Alexander Barabanov

Visited Grimeton radio station with an English guided tour in August 2018 (I booked in advance through the official website for 120 SEK). It is rather small, but contains all the original equipment (produced by General Electric in the USA) in excellent condition plus some other related exhibits. Today radio station is occasionally used by amateur radio enthusiasts. The station is striking example of the pace of technology development. The wall mural shows 9 radio stations from Hawaii, USA (central radio was on Long Island), Poland, Wales and Sweden but only Grimeton station survived in its entirety. (Another murals probably with some irony compares the site with Giza pyramids, Great Wall and other big elephant site!). Totally agree with previous reviews that the site is unique, pleasant and interesting.   

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Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland 19-Nov-18

Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland by Alexander Barabanov

Visited Erik-Anders house in August 2018. This is lovely village timber house, richly decorated with colorful wallpapers and spacious rooms. This house is the only easily available house among seven inscribed ones. Afterwards I drove to Jon-Lars and Pallars, which were already closed for visits. They are only open during mid-summer time, and seasonal opening information could be found on the official website of Hälsingland farmhouses. They also try to promote non-inscribed houses and, for example, Edsbyn & Alfta Tourist Bureau also had such non-listed house which turned out to be very interesting to visit (free of charge). Jon-Lars and Pallars locations are indeed to be checked in advance in order to arrive to proper sites as they quite tricky to find. Then I headed to Bortom AA, but since there was around one hour to wait before the next obligatory guided tour and I had some time restrictions, I was limited to a pleasant stroll around the area. This is not blockbuster site, but it was quite curious to discover how the people covering quite sizeable region and living over 200 years ago came to an idea to decorate their houses despite of many other problems (water, harvest, cows, cold, etc.) facing them.  

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Alejandro de Humboldt National Park 17-Nov-18

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park by Alexander Barabanov

Visited this site in May 2018. There was still very dirty road from Baracoa, which took us over 1 hour to cover 30 km.  Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt, covering 707 square km, is famous for its richest fauna in the Caribbean with many endemic wildlife species. The visitor center is located directly on the main road, with some basic information, bust of Humboldt and excellent view over the moon-shaped lagoon. There are 1,200 different species of animals and 1,000 species of plants in the park, 70-80% of them are endemic.

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Champagne 17-Nov-18

Champagne by Alexander Barabanov

Visited Pommery champagne house in August 2018. It should be pre-booked in advance through the official web site http://pommery.tickeasy.com/Accueil.aspx. The guide told fascinating story of the house, Madam Pommery and champagne making process. One of the cellar rooms contains the most prominent bottles, including a bottle of the first original brut created in 1874 (only one of two perfect vintage years, when no additional sugar is needed). There is also artwork inside the cellars – large sculptures completed in 1884 by Gustave Navlet.  Currently the cellars a part of large Vranken Pommery Monopole Group with sales of 300 million euro and 800 employees. Champagne testing followed the tour and it is amazing. In overall, good experience and interesting truly unique region.

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Name: Alexander Barabanov

Country: Russia

Visited WHS: 514

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu, Brugge, Angkor Vat

Proposal New WHS: Volgograd (Stalingrad battlefield monuments), Old city of Pskov, Manhattan Iconic highscrapers from 30s like Empire State Building or Chrysler Building, certainly some nature park from Faroe Islands, Por-Bazhyn (Tuva)

Update 2018-11-09 13:37:31

  1. Angkor : 5.0
  2. Brugge : 5.0
  3. Great Wall : 5.0
  4. Iguacu : 5.0
  5. Imperial Palace : 5.0
  6. Loire Valley : 5.0
  7. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor : 5.0
  8. Mont-Saint-Michel : 5.0
  9. Old Rauma : 5.0
  10. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 5.0
  11. Prague : 5.0
  12. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios : 5.0
  13. Vienna : 5.0
  14. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park : 4.0
  15. Amiens Cathedral : 4.0
  16. Arles : 4.0
  17. Avignon : 4.0
  18. Belfries : 4.0
  19. Cesky Krumlov : 4.0
  20. Champagne : 4.0
  21. Classical Gardens of Suzhou : 4.0
  22. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc : 4.0
  23. Desembarco del Granma National Park : 4.0
  24. Dubrovnik : 4.0
  25. Fontainebleau : 4.0
  26. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 4.0
  27. Grand Canal : 4.0
  28. Haghpat and Sanahin : 4.0
  29. Hallstatt-Dachstein : 4.0
  30. Lyon : 4.0
  31. Monastery of Geghard : 4.0
  32. Mostar : 4.0
  33. Mount Taishan : 4.0
  34. Old Havana : 4.0
  35. Orange : 4.0
  36. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region : 4.0
  37. Paphos : 4.0
  38. Ping Yao : 4.0
  39. Plantin-Moretus Museum : 4.0
  40. Pont du Gard : 4.0
  41. Rila Monastery : 4.0
  42. Rio de Janeiro : 4.0
  43. Salzburg : 4.0
  44. Schönbrunn : 4.0
  45. Strasbourg : 4.0
  46. Tallinn : 4.0
  47. Temple of Heaven : 4.0
  48. Versailles : 4.0
  49. Viñales Valley : 4.0
  50. Western Caucasus : 4.0
  51. Falun Great Copper Mountain : 3.5
  52. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.5
  53. Ohrid Region : 3.5
  54. Ouro Preto : 3.5
  55. Telc : 3.5
  56. Wachau Cultural Landscape : 3.5
  57. Antigua Naval Dockyard : 3.0
  58. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest : 3.0
  59. Birka and Hovgarden : 3.0
  60. Bourges Cathedral : 3.0
  61. Boyana Church : 3.0
  62. Burgundy : 3.0
  63. Chartres Cathedral : 3.0
  64. Choirokoitia : 3.0
  65. Cienfuegos : 3.0
  66. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay : 3.0
  67. Congonhas : 3.0
  68. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland : 3.0
  69. Dengfeng : 3.0
  70. Diamantina : 3.0
  71. Djémila : 3.0
  72. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots : 3.0
  73. Engelsberg Ironworks : 3.0
  74. First Coffee Plantations : 3.0
  75. Flemish Béguinages : 3.0
  76. Fortifications of Vauban : 3.0
  77. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz : 3.0
  78. Gobustan Rock Art : 3.0
  79. Graz : 3.0
  80. Holy Trinity Column : 3.0
  81. Imperial Tombs : 3.0
  82. Karlskrona : 3.0
  83. Kasbah of Algiers : 3.0
  84. Kronborg Castle : 3.0
  85. Kutna Hora : 3.0
  86. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape : 3.0
  87. Litomysl Castle : 3.0
  88. Longmen Grottoes : 3.0
  89. Macao : 3.0
  90. Madara Rider : 3.0
  91. Major Town Houses : 3.0
  92. Nancy : 3.0
  93. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes : 3.0
  94. Nessebar : 3.0
  95. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai : 3.0
  96. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk : 3.0
  97. Pirin National Park : 3.0
  98. Provins : 3.0
  99. Reims : 3.0
  100. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo : 3.0
  101. Roskilde Cathedral : 3.0
  102. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France : 3.0
  103. Sammallahdenmäki : 3.0
  104. San Pedro de la Roca Castle : 3.0
  105. Santo Domingo : 3.0
  106. Sarazm : 3.0
  107. Semmering Railway : 3.0
  108. Stevns Klint : 3.0
  109. Summer Palace : 3.0
  110. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius : 3.0
  111. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier : 3.0
  112. The Four Lifts : 3.0
  113. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak : 3.0
  114. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari : 3.0
  115. Timgad : 3.0
  116. Tipasa : 3.0
  117. Trebic : 3.0
  118. Tugendhat Villa : 3.0
  119. Venetian Works of Defence : 3.0
  120. Vézelay : 3.0
  121. Wadden Sea : 3.0
  122. Walled City of Baku : 3.0
  123. West Lake : 3.0
  124. Yin Xu : 3.0
  125. Grimeton Radio Station : 2.5
  126. Bridgetown : 2.0
  127. Camagüey : 2.0
  128. Christiansfeld : 2.0
  129. Fertö/Neusiedlersee : 2.0
  130. Holasovice : 2.0
  131. Jelling : 2.0
  132. Le Havre : 2.0
  133. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge : 2.0
  134. Mining Sites of Wallonia : 2.0
  135. Mir Castle : 2.0
  136. Nesvizh : 2.0
  137. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin : 2.0
  138. Par force hunting landscape : 2.0
  139. Peking Man Site : 2.0
  140. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings : 2.0
  141. Stoclet House : 2.0
  142. Srebarna Nature Reserve : 1.0
  143. Aachen Cathedral
  144. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  145. Abbey of St Gall
  146. Acropolis
  147. Agra Fort
  148. Agrigento
  149. Alcala de Henares
  150. Altamira Cave
  151. Amphitheater of El Jem
  152. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  153. Ancient Kyoto
  154. Ancient Nara
  155. Anuradhapura
  156. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  157. Aquileia
  158. Arab-Norman Palermo
  159. Aranjuez
  160. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  161. Arequipa
  162. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  163. Assisi
  164. Asturian Monuments
  165. Auschwitz Birkenau
  166. Avila
  167. Baalbek
  168. Bamberg
  169. Banska Stiavnica
  170. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  171. Bardejov Town
  172. Battir
  173. Bauhaus Sites
  174. Beemster Polder
  175. Bellinzone
  176. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  177. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  178. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  179. Bethlehem
  180. Bisotun
  181. Blenheim Palace
  182. Bolgar
  183. Bosra
  184. Botanical Garden, Padua
  185. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  186. Budapest
  187. Burgos Cathedral
  188. Byblos
  189. Caceres
  190. Calakmul
  191. Camino Real
  192. Campeche
  193. Canterbury
  194. Cape Floral Region
  195. Castel del Monte
  196. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  197. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  198. Centennial Hall
  199. Central Highlands
  200. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  201. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  202. Chichen-Itza
  203. Chitwan National Park
  204. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  205. Churches of Moldavia
  206. Churches of Peace
  207. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  208. City of Bath
  209. City of Luxembourg
  210. Classical Weimar
  211. Cologne Cathedral
  212. Colonia del Sacramento
  213. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  214. Cordoba
  215. Corfu
  216. Corvey
  217. Costiera Amalfitana
  218. Crac des Chevaliers
  219. Cracow
  220. Crespi d'Adda
  221. Cuenca
  222. Curonian Spit
  223. Cuzco
  224. Dacian Fortresses
  225. Damascus
  226. Danube Delta
  227. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  228. Derbent
  229. Dolomites
  230. Dougga/Thugga
  231. Drottningholm
  232. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  233. Durmitor National Park
  234. Edinburgh
  235. El Escurial
  236. Ephesus
  237. Epidaurus
  238. Etruscan Necropolises
  239. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  240. Everglades
  241. Evora
  242. Fagus Factory
  243. Fatehpur Sikri
  244. Ferapontov Monastery
  245. Ferrara
  246. Florence
  247. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  248. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  249. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  250. Fujisan
  251. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  252. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  253. Gelati Monastery
  254. Genbaku Dome
  255. Genoa
  256. Giant's Causeway
  257. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  258. Golestan Palace
  259. Granada
  260. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  261. Guanajuato
  262. Guimarães
  263. Gwynedd Castles
  264. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  265. Heritage of Mercury
  266. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  267. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  268. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  269. Himeji-jo
  270. Hollókö
  271. Horyu-ji Area
  272. Humayun's Tomb
  273. Hwaseong Fortress
  274. Independence Hall
  275. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  276. Isole Eolie
  277. Istanbul
  278. Itsukushima Shrine
  279. Jantar Mantar
  280. Jongmyo Shrine
  281. Kairouan
  282. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  283. Kandy
  284. Kathmandu Valley
  285. Kazan Kremlin
  286. Kernavë
  287. Kew Gardens
  288. Kiev
  289. Kinderdijk
  290. Kizhi Pogost
  291. Koguryo Tombs
  292. Kotor
  293. Kremlin and Red Square
  294. L'viv
  295. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  296. La Lonja de la Seda
  297. Lake Baikal
  298. Las Medulas
  299. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  300. Lima
  301. Liverpool
  302. Longobards in Italy
  303. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  304. Lumbini
  305. Luther Memorials
  306. Lübeck
  307. Machu Picchu
  308. Malbork Castle
  309. Maloti Drakensberg
  310. Mana Pools
  311. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  312. Margravial Opera House
  313. Maritime Greenwich
  314. Masada
  315. Masjed-e Jâme'
  316. Matera
  317. Matobo Hills
  318. Maulbronn Monastery
  319. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  320. Medina of Fez
  321. Medina of Marrakesh
  322. Medina of Sousse
  323. Medina of Tunis
  324. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  325. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  326. Meknes
  327. Messel Pit
  328. Meteora
  329. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  330. Modena
  331. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  332. Monastery of Batalha
  333. Monastery of Horezu
  334. Monte San Giorgio
  335. Morelia
  336. Mount Etna
  337. Mtskheta
  338. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  339. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  340. Muskauer Park
  341. Mycenae and Tiryns
  342. Mystras
  343. Mérida
  344. Namib Sand Sea
  345. Naples
  346. Nasca Lines
  347. Nikko
  348. Novgorod
  349. Novodevichy Convent
  350. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  351. Old City of Berne
  352. Old City of Jerusalem
  353. Old Town of Galle
  354. Olympia
  355. Oporto
  356. Orkhon Valley
  357. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  358. Palenque
  359. Palmeral of Elche
  360. Palmyra
  361. Pannonhalma
  362. Pasargadae
  363. Pearling
  364. Persepolis
  365. Persian Garden
  366. Petra
  367. Petäjävesi Old Church
  368. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  369. Pienza
  370. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  371. Pitons Management Area
  372. Plitvice Lakes
  373. Poblet Monastery
  374. Polonnaruva
  375. Pompei
  376. Popocatepetl monasteries
  377. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  378. Potsdam
  379. Puebla
  380. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  381. Quedlinburg
  382. Querétaro
  383. Qutb Minar
  384. Rabat
  385. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  386. Ravenna
  387. Red Fort
  388. Regensburg
  389. Reichenau
  390. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  391. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  392. Riga
  393. Robben Island
  394. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  395. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  396. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  397. Roman Walls of Lugo
  398. Rome
  399. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  400. Royal Joseon Tombs
  401. Royal Palace at Caserta
  402. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  403. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  404. Safranbolu
  405. Salamanca
  406. Samarkand
  407. San Gimignano
  408. San Marino and Mount Titano
  409. San Miguel de Allende
  410. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  411. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  412. Santiago de Compostela
  413. Schokland
  414. Segovia
  415. Seville
  416. Shushtar
  417. Sian Ka'an
  418. Siena
  419. Sighisoara
  420. Sigiriya
  421. Silk Roads
  422. Sintra
  423. Site of Carthage
  424. Skocjan Caves
  425. Skogskyrkogarden
  426. Solovetsky Islands
  427. Soltaniyeh
  428. Southern Öland
  429. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  430. Speyer Cathedral
  431. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  432. Split
  433. St. George, Bermuda
  434. St. Petersburg
  435. Stari Grad Plain
  436. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  437. Statue of Liberty
  438. Stećci
  439. Stonehenge
  440. Stralsund and Wismar
  441. Struve Geodetic Arc
  442. Studenica Monastery
  443. Studley Royal Park
  444. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  445. Susa
  446. Sviyazhsk
  447. Syracuse
  448. Tabriz Bazaar
  449. Taj Mahal
  450. Takht-e Soleyman
  451. Tamgaly
  452. Tauric Chersonese
  453. Tchogha Zanbil
  454. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  455. Teotihuacan
  456. The trulli of Alberobello
  457. Thessalonika
  458. Thingvellir
  459. Tlacotalpan
  460. Toledo
  461. Tomioka Silk Mill
  462. Torun
  463. Tower of Hercules
  464. Tower of London
  465. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  466. Trier
  467. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  468. Trogir
  469. Twyfelfontein
  470. Tyre
  471. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  472. Urbino
  473. Uxmal
  474. Val d'Orcia
  475. Val di Noto
  476. Valletta
  477. Van Nellefabriek
  478. Vatican City
  479. Venice and its Lagoon
  480. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  481. Verona
  482. Vicenza
  483. Victoria Falls
  484. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  485. Villa Romana del Casale
  486. Villa d'Este
  487. Villages with Fortified Churches
  488. Vilnius
  489. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  490. Visby
  491. Vizcaya Bridge
  492. Vlkolinec
  493. Volubilis
  494. Völklingen Ironworks
  495. Warsaw
  496. Wartburg Castle
  497. Western Tien-Shan
  498. Westminster
  499. White City of Tel-Aviv
  500. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  501. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  502. Willemstad
  503. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  504. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  505. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  506. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  507. Würzburg Residence
  508. Xanthos-Letoon
  509. Yagul and Mitla
  510. Yaroslavl
  511. Yazd
  512. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  513. Zamosc
  514. 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