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Thessalonika 15-Aug-18

I only had half a day to visit the inscribed sites in Thessaloniki so I had had to plan my visit in detail. First I picked the churches I wanted to visit most (7 out of 14) and planned a route which went through them. They are all not far from each other and the route can be perfectly done by foot. The problem is finding out the opening times. From the ones I wanted to visit (Rotunda, Acheiropoietos, Hagia Sophia, Panagia Chalkeon, Hagios Demetrios, Hosios David and Nikloaus Orfanos) only the Rotunda now serves as a museum. All the others are functioning churches and it is practically impossible to find out whether they are open to visitors or not before you head there unless you can call them before and talk to the priests in Greek. I was lucky though. In a summer Friday morning all the churches were open, although there were services taking place in three of them. Despite processes of secularisation, Greece is still a deeply religious country. Even morning masses in a working day proved to be well visited. It was impossible to visit the churches during service, but I could still stand at the door, listen to the liturgy and catch a glimpse of the interior, which is way better that standing in front of a closed church.

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Brú na Bóinne 24-Jun-17

When visiting the complex of Bru na Boinne xI was impressed how well preserved the site was. It was not something I had expected from a site that old. I also learnt some interesting facts regarding the sites that are not normally mentioned:

1) The complex is the second largest concentration of neolithic art in the world (after the WHS Neolithic Orkney). As most of the art is presented on large stone slabs it is dubbed the largest concentration of megalithic art in the world.

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Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T) 29-Mar-16

I found it extremely difficult to find out what is exactly meant to be included in this proposed nomination: the most obvious candidates - the Art Deco ensemble in the city centre for which Montevideo is known do not seem to be included. The only building explicitly mentioned in the description is the Hostpital de Clinicas, which is a rationalist concrete monster from the 50ies. Residences surrounding the Park Batllo y Ordonez are mentioned without naming the specific buildings. Perhaps the nearby Estadio Centenario (Centennial Stadium) with its rationalist viewing tower from the 30ies would be included too.

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Palace Cave (T) 29-Mar-16

The Palace Cave is a small cave with an exceptional formation looking like an open structure with multiple pillars. It is located about two and a half hours drive away from Montevideo in the vicinity of Chamanga TWHS. It is possible to visit on the way to Fray Bentos. After it got rejected as a WHS it successfully applied as a Unesco Geopark which also encompasses nearby Chamanga. When I was there I asked if this means Chamanga too is no longer aspiring an inscription, but I was told it still does. The Palace Cave can only be visited in a guided tour. The tour leaves the visitor centre frequently and is very cheap. You then walk to the cave where you are given some time to play around its cavities. It is a nice visit if in the area, but I believe I can see why its rejection was justified.

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L'oeuvre de l'ingénieur Eladio Dieste (T) 22-Mar-16

As I wrote in the forum, it still remains to be determined which ones of Dieste's works in Uruguay are going to be included in the nomination, but two of them are certain: Cristo Obrero church in Estacion Atlantida and San Pedro church in Durazno. During my last visit to Uruguay I visited the first of the two which is situated about 50 km away from Montevideo and quite close to Atlantida, which is a busy summer resort. The church is not at the resort itself but at a small, poor neighbourhood constructed around the railway station some 5 km inland. The church is situated right at the entry to this neighbourhood on the side and is easy to overlook. Despite its unusual shape, it small size, earthen colours and proximity to other buildings prevent it from being prominent. It is very well known among architects, but completely unknown to the general public and is open to visitors only three hours a week on Saturday afternoon. The church was built with very little money and in a very short time, so it is striking that this work became the icon of Dieste's oeuvre. It is typically made of bricks with wavy walls and ceiling and touches of coloured glass. It is simple, yet impressive in its originality and spiritual atmosphere (Dieste was very religious). Except the main hall, you can visit a side chapel, the organ balcony, the separate bell tower and the underground baptistry which receives its water from an opening in the ceiling. The church has been recently renovated and they are still working on the baptistry. I don't know the quality of the rest of the nomination, neither am I familiar with the international impact of Dieste's work. But visiting this church is very worthwhile and if it represents the quality of the entire nomination I would daresay it seems it could stand a chance.

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Name: Assif

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 97

Most Impressive: Pompeii

Proposal New WHS:

Update 2018-08-05 14:18:38

  1. Acropolis : 5.0
  2. Florence : 5.0
  3. Petra : 5.0
  4. Pompei : 5.0
  5. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  6. Vienna : 5.0
  7. Works of Antoni Gaudí : 5.0
  8. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 4.5
  9. Brugge : 4.5
  10. Brú na Bóinne : 4.5
  11. Budapest : 4.5
  12. Istanbul : 4.5
  13. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 4.5
  14. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) : 4.5
  15. Prague : 4.5
  16. Siena : 4.5
  17. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 4.5
  18. Versailles : 4.5
  19. Cracow : 4.0
  20. Dubrovnik : 4.0
  21. Old City of Jerusalem : 4.0
  22. Paphos : 4.0
  23. Salzburg : 4.0
  24. Split : 4.0
  25. Verona : 4.0
  26. Hallstatt-Dachstein : 3.5
  27. Masada : 3.5
  28. Naples : 3.5
  29. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau : 3.5
  30. Quebrada de Humahuaca : 3.5
  31. Riga : 3.5
  32. Strasbourg : 3.5
  33. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch : 3.5
  34. Tugendhat Villa : 3.5
  35. Wachau Cultural Landscape : 3.5
  36. Wadden Sea : 3.5
  37. Biblical Tells : 3.0
  38. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin : 3.0
  39. Cesky Krumlov : 3.0
  40. Churches of Peace : 3.0
  41. Classical Weimar : 3.0
  42. Cologne Cathedral : 3.0
  43. Kotor : 3.0
  44. Mostar : 3.0
  45. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon : 3.0
  46. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 3.0
  47. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands : 3.0
  48. Potsdam : 3.0
  49. Rammelsberg and Goslar : 3.0
  50. Schönbrunn : 3.0
  51. Speyer Cathedral : 3.0
  52. Spissky Hrad and Levoca : 3.0
  53. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines : 3.0
  54. Centennial Hall : 2.5
  55. Fortifications of Vauban : 2.5
  56. Grand Place, Brussels : 2.5
  57. Kew Gardens : 2.5
  58. L'viv : 2.5
  59. Lübeck : 2.5
  60. Major Town Houses : 2.5
  61. Medici Villas and Gardens : 2.5
  62. Necropolis of Bet She'arim : 2.5
  63. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans : 2.5
  64. Santa Maria delle Grazie : 2.5
  65. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District : 2.5
  66. Telc : 2.5
  67. Thessalonika : 2.5
  68. Trogir : 2.5
  69. Würzburg Residence : 2.5
  70. Abbey of St Gall : 2.0
  71. Fray Bentos : 2.0
  72. Incense Route of the Negev : 2.0
  73. Messel Pit : 2.0
  74. Mount Carmel Caves : 2.0
  75. Old City of Acre : 2.0
  76. Old City of Berne : 2.0
  77. Regensburg : 2.0
  78. Semmering Railway : 2.0
  79. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians : 2.0
  80. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 1.5
  81. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust : 1.5
  82. Fertö/Neusiedlersee : 1.5
  83. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church : 1.5
  84. Stećci : 1.5
  85. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch : 1.0
  86. Colonia del Sacramento : 1.0
  87. Hedeby and Danevirke : 1.0
  88. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape : 1.0
  89. Vlkolinec : 1.0
  90. White City of Tel-Aviv : 1.0
  91. Bahá’i Holy Places : 0.5
  92. Jelling : 0.5
  93. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  94. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  95. Rome
  96. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  97. Tower of London
  1. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  2. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  3. Bet She'an (T)
  4. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  5. Caesarea (T)
  6. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  7. Chamangá: A Rock Paintings Area (T)
  8. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  9. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  10. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  11. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  12. Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape (T)
  13. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  14. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  15. Horvat Minnim (T)
  16. Iron Trail with Erzberg and the old town of Steyr (T)
  17. Jerusalem (T)
  18. L'oeuvre de l'ingénieur Eladio Dieste (T)
  19. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  20. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  21. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  22. Liftah (Mey Naftoah) – Traditional mountain village (T)
  23. Makhteshim Country (T)
  24. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  25. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  26. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  27. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  28. Quartier de Peñarol: la Vieille Ville historique et le paysage industriel ferroviaire (T)
  29. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  30. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  31. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  32. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  33. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  34. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  35. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  36. The Great Rift Valley - migratory routes - The Hula (T)
  37. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  38. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  39. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  40. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  41. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  42. Timna (T)
  43. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  44. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  45. White Mosque in Ramle (T)
  1. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  2. Palace Cave (T)
  3. L'oeuvre de l'ingénieur Eladio Dieste (T)
  4. Quartier de Peñarol: la Vieille Ville historique et le paysage industriel ferroviaire (T)
  5. Cambridge Colleges and Backs (T)
  6. Danube Valley CL around Regensburg inc Walhalla (T)
  7. Kezmarok Wooden Articular Church and historical center of the city (T)
  8. Athens (T)
  9. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  10. Spandau Citadel (T)
  11. Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall (T)
  12. Kourion (T)
  13. Duomo di Milano (T)
  14. Ville Vesuviane (T)
  15. Budapest Ghetto and 4 synagogues (T)
  16. Passau old town (T)
  17. Monastery of Eberbach (T)
  18. Munich - Ludwigstrasse, Odeonplatz, Feldherrenhalle (T)
  19. Goethe Haus Frankfurt (T)
  20. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  21. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  22. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  23. (T)
  24. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  25. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  26. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  27. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  28. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  29. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  30. Jerusalem (T)
  31. Freiburg Cathedral (T)
  32. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  33. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  34. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  35. Chamangá: A Rock Paintings Area (T)
  36. The Great Rift Valley - migratory routes - The Hula (T)
  37. Horvat Minnim (T)
  38. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  39. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  40. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  41. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  42. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  43. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  44. Shakespeare's Stratford (T)
  45. White Mosque in Ramle (T)
  46. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  47. Timna (T)
  48. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  49. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  50. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  51. Caesarea (T)
  52. Bet She'an (T)
  53. Iron Trail with Erzberg and the old town of Steyr (T)
  1. Bagan
  2. Chernobyl
  3. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  4. Ebla (Tell Mardikh)
  5. Forests of Southern New Caledonia
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  8. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  9. Kuhikugu
  10. Lake Titicaca
  11. Lena Delta
  12. Middle and Upper Sepik
  13. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  14. Petrified Forest National Park
  15. Salisbury Plains, Grytviken
  16. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  17. Sites Mégalithiques de Carnac
  18. The Archaeological Site of Göbeklitepe
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Westhoek: places of memory and monuments of the Great War
  1. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  2. Hawaii Volcanoes
  3. Isole Eolie
  4. Teide National Park
  5. Brasilia
  6. Shibam
  7. Split
  8. Toledo
  9. Prague
  10. Sana'a
  11. Old City of Jerusalem
  12. Rome
  13. Istanbul
  14. Venice and its Lagoon
  15. Grand Canal
  16. Qhapaq Ñan
  17. Silk Roads
  18. Ayutthaya
  19. Ellora Caves
  20. Moenjodaro
  21. Sukhothai
  22. Angkor
  23. Vézère Valley
  24. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  25. Altamira Cave
  26. Lake Malawi
  27. Iguazu National Park
  28. The Sundarbans
  29. Okavango Delta
  30. Lake Baikal
  31. Victoria Falls
  32. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  33. Pantanal
  34. Kenya Lake System
  35. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  36. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  37. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  38. Nasca Lines
  39. Çatalhöyük
  40. Stonehenge
  41. Chichen-Itza
  42. Caral-Supe
  43. Tikal National Park
  44. Teotihuacan
  45. Chan Chan
  46. Mesa Verde
  47. SGang Gwaay
  48. San Agustín
  49. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  50. St. Petersburg
  51. Florence
  52. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  53. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  54. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  55. Lower Valley of the Awash
  56. Versailles
  57. Imperial Palace
  58. Rapa Nui
  59. Palmyra
  60. Nemrut Dag
  61. Petra
  62. Persepolis
  63. Tchogha Zanbil
  64. Samarra
  65. Western Ghats
  66. Machu Picchu
  67. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers
  68. Kilimanjaro National Park
  69. Sagarmatha National Park
  70. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  71. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  72. Masada
  73. Great Wall
  74. Himeji-jo
  75. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  76. Crac des Chevaliers
  77. Agra Fort
  78. Auschwitz Birkenau
  79. Budapest
  80. Brugge
  81. Vienna
  82. Granada
  83. Siena
  84. Hoi An
  85. Maritime Greenwich
  86. Socotra Archipelago
  87. Peninsula Valdes
  88. Great Barrier Reef
  89. Rock Islands
  90. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  91. West Norwegian Fjords
  92. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  93. Cuzco
  94. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  95. Skocjan Caves
  96. Ha Long Bay
  97. Gunung Mulu
  98. South China Karst
  99. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  100. Qutb Minar
  101. Ogasawara Islands
  102. Fraser Island
  103. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  104. Temple of Heaven
  105. Itsukushima Shrine
  106. Prambanan
  107. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  108. Chola Temples
  109. Los Glaciares
  110. Te Wahipounamu
  111. Ilulissat Icefjord
  112. Yosemite National Park
  113. Glacier parks
  114. Tasmanian Wilderness
  115. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  116. Redwood
  117. Kinabalu Park
  118. Cape Floral Region
  119. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  120. Selous Game Reserve
  121. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  122. Serengeti
  123. Ngorongoro
  124. Yellowstone
  125. Banc d'Arguin
  126. Galapagos Islands
  127. Aldabra Atoll
  128. Komodo National Park
  129. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  130. Gulf of California
  131. Ancient Nara
  132. Ancient Kyoto
  133. Ironbridge Gorge
  134. Vredefort Dome
  135. Grand Canyon
  136. Nubian Monuments
  137. Ancient Thebes
  138. Jantar Mantar
  139. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  140. Lorentz National Park
  141. Virunga National Park
  142. Namib Sand Sea
  143. El Pinacate
  144. Air and Téneré
  145. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  146. Medici Villas and Gardens
  147. Kew Gardens
  148. Uluru
  149. Bali Subak system
  150. Persian Garden
  151. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  152. West Lake
  153. Cartagena
  154. Potosi
  155. Québec
  156. Ouro Preto
  157. Puebla
  158. Meroe
  159. Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara
  160. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  161. Cliff of Bandiagara
  162. Kremlin and Red Square
  163. Sydney Opera House
  164. Westminster
  165. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  166. Mont-Saint-Michel
  167. Saint Catherine Area
  168. Vatican City
  169. Meteora
  170. Ravenna
  171. Lalibela
  172. Göreme NP
  173. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  174. Taj Mahal
  175. Pyramids (Memphis)
  176. Mogao Caves
  177. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  178. Borobudur
  179. Potala Palace
  180. Sigiriya
  181. Dazu Rock Carvings
  182. Ajanta Caves
  183. Fujian Tulou
  184. Kathmandu Valley
  185. Bukhara
  186. Ping Yao
  187. Kairouan
  188. Medina of Marrakesh
  189. Damascus
  190. Historic Cairo
  191. Leptis Magna
  192. Baalbek
  193. Pompei
  194. Acropolis
  195. Mycenae and Tiryns
  196. Hani Rice Terraces
  197. Koutammakou
  198. Djenné
  199. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  200. Aksum