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Sangiran Early Man Site 20-Jun-18

Sangiran Early Man Site by Alexander Parsons

Possibly because I was primed for an underwhelming experience for my first 'early hominid' fossil site WHS, I actually quite enjoyed my daytrip from Yogyakarta to Sangiran. The museum exhibits were pretty decent, but without a background in geology or the other scientific fields involved, a lot of the summations of facts and figures and dates didn't really stick. While English versions of the exhibits were clearly abridged summaries of the Indonesian language versions, they were generally present and basically useful.

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Komodo National Park 19-Jun-18

Komodo National Park by Alexander Parsons

Rather than as a day trip from Labuanbajo, I visited Komodo National Park over the third and fourth days of a four-day boat trip from Lombok to Flores. While I wholeheartedly recommend this experience for viewing the aquatic elements of the inscribed area, it is absolutely not the best way to see the Komodo dragons if that is your primary reason for visiting the national park.

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Venetian Works of Defence 13-Dec-17

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. From there, there are two half-metre pieces of timber with footholds loosely nailed to the side that you pick up from the ground and place precariously on the end of the long plank. As there is nothing to really grip onto while you’re up there, given that the wall itself slopes smoothly outwards in a bulge, this felt unsafe, so I did not manage to enter this way. Working together to support and hold each other, a group of three men achieved this goal, so it is not impossible.

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Mount Athos 13-Dec-17

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 11-Jun-16

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.

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Name: Alexander Parsons

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 174

Most Impressive: Great Wall of China

Proposal New WHS:

Update 2018-06-01 19:56:10

  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. Komodo National Park : 5.0
  19. Luang Prabang : 5.0
  20. Machu Picchu : 5.0
  21. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor : 5.0
  22. Meidan Emam, Esfahan : 5.0
  23. Meteora : 5.0
  24. Nubian Monuments : 5.0
  25. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 5.0
  26. Plantin-Moretus Museum : 5.0
  27. Preah Vihear Temple : 5.0
  28. Pyramids (Memphis) : 5.0
  29. Qhapaq Ñan : 5.0
  30. Rome : 5.0
  31. Split : 5.0
  32. Taj Mahal : 5.0
  33. Ujung Kulon National Park : 5.0
  34. Uluru : 5.0
  35. Vatican City : 5.0
  36. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  37. Versailles : 5.0
  38. Works of Antoni Gaudí : 5.0
  39. Agra Fort : 4.0
  40. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 4.0
  41. Ancient Kyoto : 4.0
  42. Aphrodisias : 4.0
  43. Borobudur : 4.0
  44. Cordoba : 4.0
  45. Florence : 4.0
  46. Genbaku Dome : 4.0
  47. Hierapolis-Pamukkale : 4.0
  48. Hill Forts of Rajasthan : 4.0
  49. Himeji-jo : 4.0
  50. Humayun's Tomb : 4.0
  51. Kotor : 4.0
  52. Mount Athos : 4.0
  53. Old Havana : 4.0
  54. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau : 4.0
  55. Persepolis : 4.0
  56. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) : 4.0
  57. Ping Yao : 4.0
  58. Pompei : 4.0
  59. Pont du Gard : 4.0
  60. Prague : 4.0
  61. Prambanan : 4.0
  62. Seville : 4.0
  63. Summer Palace : 4.0
  64. Tasmanian Wilderness : 4.0
  65. Tchogha Zanbil : 4.0
  66. Toledo : 4.0
  67. Venetian Works of Defence : 4.0
  68. Verona : 4.0
  69. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines : 4.0
  70. Abbey of St Gall : 3.0
  71. Acropolis : 3.0
  72. Al Ain : 3.0
  73. Albi : 3.0
  74. Ancient Nara : 3.0
  75. Armenian Monastic Ensembles : 3.0
  76. Australian Convict Sites : 3.0
  77. Avignon : 3.0
  78. Bam Cultural Landscape : 3.0
  79. Belfries : 3.0
  80. Bellinzone : 3.0
  81. Berat and Gjirokastra : 3.0
  82. Bisotun : 3.0
  83. Brugge : 3.0
  84. Bursa and Cumalikizik : 3.0
  85. Butrint : 3.0
  86. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik : 3.0
  87. Chitwan National Park : 3.0
  88. Cienfuegos : 3.0
  89. Cologne Cathedral : 3.0
  90. Cuenca : 3.0
  91. Ephesus : 3.0
  92. Fatehpur Sikri : 3.0
  93. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 3.0
  94. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : 3.0
  95. Golestan Palace : 3.0
  96. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.0
  97. Hoi An : 3.0
  98. Hué : 3.0
  99. Imperial Tombs : 3.0
  100. Jantar Mantar : 3.0
  101. Kii Mountain Range : 3.0
  102. Lima : 3.0
  103. Lut Desert : 3.0
  104. Macao : 3.0
  105. Masjed-e Jâme' : 3.0
  106. Mostar : 3.0
  107. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 3.0
  108. My Son : 3.0
  109. Nikko : 3.0
  110. Orange : 3.0
  111. Pasargadae : 3.0
  112. Persian Garden : 3.0
  113. Potosi : 3.0
  114. Pyu Ancient Cities : 3.0
  115. Qutb Minar : 3.0
  116. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy : 3.0
  117. Santa Maria delle Grazie : 3.0
  118. Selimiye Mosque : 3.0
  119. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama : 3.0
  120. Shushtar : 3.0
  121. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution : 3.0
  122. Skocjan Caves : 3.0
  123. Soltaniyeh : 3.0
  124. Speyer Cathedral : 3.0
  125. Takht-e Soleyman : 3.0
  126. The Persian Qanat : 3.0
  127. Thessalonika : 3.0
  128. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios : 3.0
  129. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 3.0
  130. Valparaiso : 3.0
  131. Wet Tropics of Queensland : 3.0
  132. Willandra Lakes : 3.0
  133. Yazd : 3.0
  134. Sangiran Early Man Site : 2.5
  135. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 2.0
  136. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust : 2.0
  137. Cracow : 2.0
  138. Delos : 2.0
  139. Durmitor National Park : 2.0
  140. Flemish Béguinages : 2.0
  141. Fujisan : 2.0
  142. Horyu-ji Area : 2.0
  143. Kutna Hora : 2.0
  144. Lumbini : 2.0
  145. Major Town Houses : 2.0
  146. Melaka and George Town : 2.0
  147. Messel Pit : 2.0
  148. Pilgrimage Church of Wies : 2.0
  149. Red Fort : 2.0
  150. Reichenau : 2.0
  151. Royal Exhibition Building : 2.0
  152. Semmering Railway : 2.0
  153. Sucre : 2.0
  154. Susa : 2.0
  155. Tabriz Bazaar : 2.0
  156. Trogir : 2.0
  157. Al Zubarah : 1.0
  158. Canal du Midi : 1.0
  159. Rietveld Schröderhuis : 1.0
  160. Sydney Opera House : 1.0
  161. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier : 1.0
  162. Le Havre : 0.5
  163. Maymand : 0.5
  164. Stoclet House : 0.5
  165. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  166. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  167. Bali Subak system
  168. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  169. Silk Roads
  170. Strasbourg
  171. Te Wahipounamu
  172. Temple of Heaven
  173. Tomioka Silk Mill
  174. Vat Phou
  1. Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (T)
  2. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  3. Arasbaran Protected Area (T)
  4. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  5. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  6. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  7. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  8. Cultural Landscape of Alamout (T)
  9. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  10. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  11. Ensemble de Beng Mealea (T)
  12. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  13. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  14. Inle Lake (T)
  15. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  16. Kaboud Mosque (T)
  17. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  18. Khor Dubai (T)
  19. La Moneda Palace (T)
  20. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  21. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  22. Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T)
  23. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  24. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  25. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  26. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  27. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  28. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  29. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  30. Shush (T)
  31. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  32. Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)
  33. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  34. Tape Sialk (T)
  35. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  36. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  37. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  38. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  39. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  40. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  41. The Medieval Town of Tansen (T)
  42. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  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