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Venetian Works of Defence Alexander Parsons

Venetian Works of Defence by Alexander Parsons

The Fortress of St Nicholas outside Sibenik in Croatia is probably the most decrepit WHS I have visited. Not in the sense of simply being a ruin, but in that it feels entirely abandoned, with no significant attempts at developing it for ‘safe’ tourism. This will probably change over the next few years. The general area seems to be a reasonably popular picnic destination, with a newly constructed EU-funded walking trail along the coast allowing for an easy afternoon walk from the car park, but few bother to actually go inside. This is understandable, as there are two ways to manage this, neither of which are especially practical. Firstly, from the land-side, there is a long wooden plank leading up to a hole in the fortress’ upper walls. This plank is held in place by a rock, and only manages to get halfway up to the entrance.

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Mount Athos Alexander Parsons

Mount Athos by Alexander Parsons

I visited Mount Athos in November 2017, staying three nights. While I certainly enjoyed my visit, it is also something of a cautionary tale, as I definitely did not get the most out of the experience as I could have.

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Tchogha Zanbil Alexander Parsons

Tchogha Zanbil by Alexander Parsons

I visited Tchogha Zanbil (as well as the other nearby WHS) on a long day trip from Ahwaz, between two overnight bus trips. This is not a recommended way to see these sites, as you can find yourself at the whims of an unpleasant driver who decides to double the price of the trip halfway through.

While I showed this driver (the only one at the station willing to take the trip) my map showing a route of Ahwaz-Susa-Tchoga Zanbil-Shushtar-Ahwaz, he nevertheless insisted on going to the ziggurat first, expressly denying the existence of a clearly-marked road linking them east-west. This caused pointless doubling back, which he repeatedly passive-aggressively blamed on me.

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Maymand Alexander Parsons

Maymand by Alexander Parsons

My visit to Maymand was a bizarre experience that is unlikely to be replicated by others, so my review should not be taken to be especially representative of the typical experience. I arrived via chartered taxi around 5:30pm, because the driver assured me it would only be 1.5 hours drive from Kerman and thus refused to leave earlier. This was very obviously wrong, and it took closer to 3.5. This wasn’t catastrophic, given sunset wasn’t until after 7:30, so there was still plenty of time to look around.

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Bam Cultural Landscape Alexander Parsons

Bam Cultural Landscape by Alexander Parsons

The curious thing with the Arg-e Bam is that I feel it was inscribed precisely in response to the loss of any potential Outstanding Universal Value it may have had. By all accounts it was very impressive prior to the 2003 earthquake which obliterated it and the surrounding town of Bam, but in its current state, it really is not particularly exciting. Actually, this assessment is probably too harsh, given many sites in worse states of repair are considered worthy; while the OUV may well still exist, its allure as a destination worth travelling to is now in question.

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Name: Alexander Parsons

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 169

Most Impressive: Great Wall of China

Proposal New WHS:

  1. Aachen Cathedral : 5.0
  2. Ancient Thebes : 5.0
  3. Angkor : 5.0
  4. Assisi : 5.0
  5. Auschwitz Birkenau : 5.0
  6. Cuzco : 5.0
  7. Dubrovnik : 5.0
  8. Granada : 5.0
  9. Great Barrier Reef : 5.0
  10. Great Wall : 5.0
  11. Ha Long Bay : 5.0
  12. Hawaii Volcanoes : 5.0
  13. Historic Cairo : 5.0
  14. Imperial Palace : 5.0
  15. Istanbul : 5.0
  16. Itsukushima Shrine : 5.0
  17. Kathmandu Valley : 5.0
  18. Luang Prabang : 5.0
  19. Machu Picchu : 5.0
  20. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor : 5.0
  21. Meidan Emam, Esfahan : 5.0
  22. Meteora : 5.0
  23. Nubian Monuments : 5.0
  24. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 5.0
  25. Plantin-Moretus Museum : 5.0
  26. Preah Vihear Temple : 5.0
  27. Pyramids (Memphis) : 5.0
  28. Qhapaq Ñan : 5.0
  29. Rome : 5.0
  30. Split : 5.0
  31. Taj Mahal : 5.0
  32. Uluru : 5.0
  33. Vatican City : 5.0
  34. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  35. Versailles : 5.0
  36. Works of Antoni Gaudí : 5.0
  37. Agra Fort : 4.0
  38. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 4.0
  39. Ancient Kyoto : 4.0
  40. Aphrodisias : 4.0
  41. Cordoba : 4.0
  42. Florence : 4.0
  43. Genbaku Dome : 4.0
  44. Hierapolis-Pamukkale : 4.0
  45. Hill Forts of Rajasthan : 4.0
  46. Himeji-jo : 4.0
  47. Humayun's Tomb : 4.0
  48. Kotor : 4.0
  49. Mount Athos : 4.0
  50. Old Havana : 4.0
  51. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau : 4.0
  52. Persepolis : 4.0
  53. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) : 4.0
  54. Ping Yao : 4.0
  55. Pompei : 4.0
  56. Pont du Gard : 4.0
  57. Prague : 4.0
  58. Seville : 4.0
  59. Summer Palace : 4.0
  60. Tasmanian Wilderness : 4.0
  61. Tchogha Zanbil : 4.0
  62. Toledo : 4.0
  63. Venetian Works of Defence : 4.0
  64. Verona : 4.0
  65. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines : 4.0
  66. Abbey of St Gall : 3.0
  67. Acropolis : 3.0
  68. Al Ain : 3.0
  69. Albi : 3.0
  70. Ancient Nara : 3.0
  71. Armenian Monastic Ensembles : 3.0
  72. Australian Convict Sites : 3.0
  73. Avignon : 3.0
  74. Bam Cultural Landscape : 3.0
  75. Belfries : 3.0
  76. Bellinzone : 3.0
  77. Berat and Gjirokastra : 3.0
  78. Bisotun : 3.0
  79. Brugge : 3.0
  80. Bursa and Cumalikizik : 3.0
  81. Butrint : 3.0
  82. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik : 3.0
  83. Chitwan National Park : 3.0
  84. Cienfuegos : 3.0
  85. Cologne Cathedral : 3.0
  86. Cuenca : 3.0
  87. Ephesus : 3.0
  88. Fatehpur Sikri : 3.0
  89. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 3.0
  90. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : 3.0
  91. Golestan Palace : 3.0
  92. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.0
  93. Hoi An : 3.0
  94. Hué : 3.0
  95. Imperial Tombs : 3.0
  96. Jantar Mantar : 3.0
  97. Kii Mountain Range : 3.0
  98. Lima : 3.0
  99. Lut Desert : 3.0
  100. Macao : 3.0
  101. Masjed-e Jâme' : 3.0
  102. Mostar : 3.0
  103. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 3.0
  104. My Son : 3.0
  105. Nikko : 3.0
  106. Orange : 3.0
  107. Pasargadae : 3.0
  108. Persian Garden : 3.0
  109. Potosi : 3.0
  110. Pyu Ancient Cities : 3.0
  111. Qutb Minar : 3.0
  112. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy : 3.0
  113. Santa Maria delle Grazie : 3.0
  114. Selimiye Mosque : 3.0
  115. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama : 3.0
  116. Shushtar : 3.0
  117. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution : 3.0
  118. Skocjan Caves : 3.0
  119. Soltaniyeh : 3.0
  120. Speyer Cathedral : 3.0
  121. Takht-e Soleyman : 3.0
  122. The Persian Qanat : 3.0
  123. Thessalonika : 3.0
  124. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios : 3.0
  125. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 3.0
  126. Valparaiso : 3.0
  127. Wet Tropics of Queensland : 3.0
  128. Willandra Lakes : 3.0
  129. Yazd : 3.0
  130. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 2.0
  131. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust : 2.0
  132. Cracow : 2.0
  133. Delos : 2.0
  134. Durmitor National Park : 2.0
  135. Flemish Béguinages : 2.0
  136. Fujisan : 2.0
  137. Horyu-ji Area : 2.0
  138. Kutna Hora : 2.0
  139. Lumbini : 2.0
  140. Major Town Houses : 2.0
  141. Melaka and George Town : 2.0
  142. Messel Pit : 2.0
  143. Pilgrimage Church of Wies : 2.0
  144. Red Fort : 2.0
  145. Reichenau : 2.0
  146. Royal Exhibition Building : 2.0
  147. Semmering Railway : 2.0
  148. Sucre : 2.0
  149. Susa : 2.0
  150. Tabriz Bazaar : 2.0
  151. Trogir : 2.0
  152. Al Zubarah : 1.0
  153. Canal du Midi : 1.0
  154. Rietveld Schröderhuis : 1.0
  155. Sydney Opera House : 1.0
  156. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier : 1.0
  157. Le Havre : 0.5
  158. Maymand : 0.5
  159. Stoclet House : 0.5
  160. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  161. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  162. Bali Subak system
  163. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  164. Silk Roads
  165. Strasbourg
  166. Te Wahipounamu
  167. Temple of Heaven
  168. Tomioka Silk Mill
  169. Vat Phou
  1. Amritsar
  2. Bagan
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  5. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  6. Ephesus
  7. Nan Madol
  8. Okavango Delta
  9. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  10. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  11. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  12. The Archaeological Site of Göbeklitepe
  13. Varanasi