Alikander99 Profile

I love to travel and it's probably because of my family. I was months old when I took my first plane to scotland and just two years later I went to Vietnam. I had the luck of having "well of" grandparents set head on travelling the world with their family. So I've been travelling ever since I can remember and well before that. 

By the time I was 18 I started building upon my already long list of family trips with a set of my own. Starting slow, I've been gaining my footing, especially in regards to solo travel. Not that I've got anything against travelling with clmpanions, I just find difficult finding someone to travel with.

I'm a history geek, an all out foodie, and in general curious of almost every topic. I think that's why I like the WHL so much. I love learning about obscure stuff and the list largely satisfies my hunger for funky knowledge. I also sync with the fundamental idea behind the list. that is that there are places humanity at large should attempt to protect.

So for the last few years (2) I've been using this web to make my trips, follow the hijinks of the committee, and in general talk about heritage with other people.



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Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)

Alikander99 Spain - 12-Feb-24

Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)

I'm gonna go against the current and actually discourage inscription. I know this IS a very popular tentative site and it's indeed a really nice fortified city. My issue is its OUV.

Mdina IS the old capital of malta, and It has been inhabited since the bronze age. Despite this It has little more than its layout to show for Its old age. There's nothing phoenician, or Roman, or islamic and there's only a couple of medieval components in the city (which are not really that remarkable). As such its strong suit IS actually its well preserved fortified baroque ensemble. And that I see as a problem

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Alikander99 Spain - 16-Jan-24

I just realised no one here has actually gone to the neapolis archaelogical park, which is one of the 3 main components of the site so...i'll give my impression.

The archaelogical site IS unfortunately nothing too impressive. I recall a Big greek theatre, a small Roman aphiteatre (both in a somewhat patchy state especially for Italy) and the ancient limestone quarries. Mostly I just walked around the ruins. It's not bad but I would say selinunte or agrigento are much better places to get a feel of the greek past of the island.

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Mining Historical Heritage (T)

Alikander99 Spain - 31-Oct-23

Ok, first things first, this nomination is a disaster, it tries to get 21 mines spread throughout the country (and history) into just one site. It's almost as bad as wine in iberia in that regard. However it does point towards some good posible sites. Spain already has two sites associated with mining, which might seem like a lot, but still leaves some gaps. Namely, anything not related with mercury or roman gold extraction. Spain has been a notorious mining region since antiquity and to this day. Thus it has a diverse and large mining heritage. This is made clear when you go through the list as it includes anything from neolithic mines to 19th century ones

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La Lonja de la Seda

Alikander99 Spain - 17-Oct-23

La Lonja de la Seda

La lonja de la seda is a peculiar WHS, especially for Spain, where single monument WHS are a rarity. There is good reason for this. The rest of valencia, though beautiful is not really WHS worthy. As such to represent the city, once Capital (de facto) of the Crown of aragon, the city hall chose one monument: la lonja de la seda. La llotja was built between the 15th and 16th century in levantine gothic (based on la llotja dof la palma) with some renaissance influences. The building is quite modest in size and inside decoration. Its main attractive is the spectacular "sala de contratacion" with its spiral columns. The ceiling from la sala de contrataciones is another highlight. What really sold Unesco on the building was its overall conservation state

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Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)

Alikander99 Spain - 06-Oct-23

Even though many of the citadels in the list were built in the spanish empire, Spain itself has no citadels in the world heritage list. I guess this fact doesn't sit right in the ministry of foreign affairs ,which is how we got yet another fortification proposal. The tentative site centres around a set of fortifications in the french and portuguese border. The best ones are the ones in figueras, jaca, pamplona and ciudad Rodrigo. Now I'll cut to the chase. I don't think the fortifications in Pamplona, the only ones I have visited, have OUV. Afaik they weren't particularly innovative at the time and significant portions have been torn down. They still make for a pleasant park and if you're in pamplona you should visit

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Victoria Falls, chola temples, petra
David gareja, armenia. Schwedagon pagoda
Rating Stats
Bagan 4.5
Calakmul 4.5
Granada 4.5
Istanbul 4.5
Petra 4.5
Rome 4.5
Split 4
Toledo 4
Uxmal 4
Vienna 4
Agrigento 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Cartagena 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Riga 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Albi 3
Trier 3
Masada 2.5
Trogir 2.5
Wadi Rum 2.5
Zamość 2.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancares - Somiedo (T)
  3. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  4. Ayeyawady River Corridor (T)
  5. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  6. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  7. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  8. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  9. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  10. Historical city of Izamal (Izamal, Mayan continuity in an Historical City) (T)
  11. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  12. Inle Lake (T)
  13. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  14. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  15. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  16. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  17. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  18. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  19. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  20. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  21. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  22. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  23. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
  24. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  25. Sigüenza and Atienza Sweet and Salty Landscape (T)
  26. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  27. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  28. The Maritime Heritage of Dragør Old Town and Harbour - A ‘skipper-town’ from the era of the great tall ships in the 18th and 19th centuries (T)
  29. Ulcinj Old town (T)
  30. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)