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As an increasingly slow and detail-loving traveller, how could I not be attracted by the promised wonders of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? I appreciate that, despite their variety, from the more majestic to the most unassuming (and maybe disappointing) one, each is capable of highlighting a piece of world history in its own way. So, I greatly enjoy including them in my travels or planning routes centered around them. Nothing better than getting lost on the countryside pursuing that last remote component of a serial site! Until recently I heavily focused on Europe, but I am slowly reaching out into the world, without forgetting to visit those in my home country, which surely isn't at fault in that regard!

 

(Picture: overseeing the Curonian spit from the Raganų kalnas/Hexenberg/Witches' hill at Juodkrantė/Schwarzort, Lithuania)

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Via Francigena in Italy (T)

Astraftis Italy - 20-Mar-22

Via Francigena in Italy (T)

This proposal is not entirely clear to me, or better: it is actually very simple in its grandiosity, as it just encompasses all the route from the Great St. Bernard Pass to Rome and everything that is found along it, but then I do not fully understand why some specific co-ordinates of historical city centres are given, i.e. Aosta, Vercelli, Santhià, Susa, Pavia, Fidenza Sarzana, Siena, Sutri, Viterbo and Rome, while other important passages like Piacenza, Lucca or San Gimignano (already having WHS-status just like Siena) are left out. The first hypothesis coming to mind is that they are chosen to represent in some way all 12 stretches of the Via Francigena, but still there are some gaps and I am left wondering about the exact criteria behind this. 

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Amalienborg and its district (T)

Astraftis Italy - 10-Jan-22

Amalienborg and its district (T)

Frederiksstad and the walk to the Kastel and the Little Mermaid are probably my favourite parts of Copenhagen, so, since my first visit to the city, I always try to take a walk in this neighbourhood when I am here (the last one in August 2021). Apparently, little has changed over time, maybe only the Amaliehave, the small park on the harbour, has been refurbished a little, but it could have been only my impression

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Kronborg Castle

Astraftis Italy - 09-Jan-22

Kronborg Castle

My visit to Kronborg in August 2021 was not the first one: I already went there in 2009. That time, though, we had not calibrated our trip too well: it was the end of March and, basing in Copenhagen, we came from a visit to the Louisiana museum in Humlebæk, so that an arrival at 17/18 proved to be too late (of course) for the castle. But somehow we found the entrance to the inner yard open and shared it only with the local crows. We even rang a small hanging bell! This does not appear to be possible anymore, as I suspect they are closing the gates from the moat now (I don't know if Ian meant this with "being locked out" already in '11/'12). I promised myself I would come back someday for a better, more complete experience, and so did I more than 12 years (yikes!) after!

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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)

Astraftis Italy - 07-Jan-22

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)

Getting out from the bus at Dragør on a beautiful summer day, the first thing I felt was the scent of marine breeze. It was already very different from Copenhagen, 15km away.

I visited this village as an afternoon trip from the capital at the beginning of August 2021, taking the bus (theres's substantially one line with medium frequency; get out at Skole/Vestgrønningen) directly from Copenhagen's central station to the stop in Dragør near library and school, at the entrance to the old town from the "main streets" Strandgade and Von Ostensgade. It takes more or less 40 minutes, and the bus first traverses extensive suburbs on the island of Amager (just Ama, for the locals), formally another municipality but more and more cannibalised by the expansion of the big city and the airport, then reaches the shore with more rural views and finally turns for Dragør

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Roskilde Cathedral

Astraftis Italy - 06-Jan-22

Roskilde Cathedral

Denmark has a good number of lovely old, partly Romanesque country churches (especially on Møn island), and then also its good share of more imposing spire-crowned urban cathedrals, but Roskilde's is hands down the most beautiful and elegant you can visit in the country.

I reached the old capital Roskilde, the seat of the gritty bishop Absalon (traditionally considered the founder of Copenhagen) in the XIIth century, at the beginning of August 2021, as a day trip from Copenhagen. This can be done very easily by train, which goes there in less than an hour, as there are frequent connections from Copenhagen's stations, and furthermore this route is covered by the Copenhagen Card. Once there, it is a pleasant short walk through the town centre, passing by the main square and its old city hall: it won't be much before you'll see the massive, towery shape of the cathedral rise over the other buildings

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Name
Astraftis
Country
Italy
Most Impressive
Bagan
Proposal
Takh wild horse conservation area in Khustai (Mongolia); Caves in the region around Hpa-An (Myanmar); Yazılıkaya, the Midas tomb, and the Phrygian valley (Turkey); The Navigli system of Lombardy (Italy); Ostia antica (Italy)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 13.05.22
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Petra 5
Prague 5
Rome 5
Siena 5
Ferrara 4.5
Konso 4.5
Matera 4.5
Mtskheta 4.5
Verona 4.5
Albi 4
Assisi 4
Brugge 4
Telc 4
Visby 4
Avignon 3.5
Genoa 3.5
Kernavė 3.5
Ljubljana 3.5
Modena 3.5
Mostar 3.5
Orange 3.5
Tallinn 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Vicenza 3.5
Vienna 3.5
Graz 3
Pienza 3
Riga 3
Røros 3
Split 3
Trebic 3
Trier 3
Belem 2.5
Belfries 2.5
Seville 2.5
Tiya 2.5
Trogir 2
Nice 1.5
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  3. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  4. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  5. Anatolian Seljuks Madrasahs (T)
  6. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  7. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  8. Bale Mountains National Park (T)
  9. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  10. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  11. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  12. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  13. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  14. Dana Biosphere Reserve (T)
  15. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  16. Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)
  17. Esrefoglu Mosque (T)
  18. Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)
  19. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  20. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  21. Gorge of Samaria National Park (T)
  22. Hanbury botanical gardens (T)
  23. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  24. Inle Lake (T)
  25. Íznik (T)
  26. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  27. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  28. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  29. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  30. La Camargue (T)
  31. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  32. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  33. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  34. Le chemin de fer de Cerdagne (T)
  35. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  36. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  37. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (F) (T)
  38. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  39. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  40. Medieval Settlement of Kirtipur (T)
  41. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  42. Moler landscapes of the Liim Fiord (T)
  43. Mountainous Phrygia (T)
  44. Mrauk-U (T)
  45. Mta-Tusheti (T)
  46. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  47. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  48. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  49. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  50. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  51. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  52. Sacred Mountains of Mongolia (T)
  53. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  54. Shatili (T)
  55. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  56. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  57. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  58. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  59. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  60. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  61. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  62. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  63. 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)
  64. The medieval palace complex of Gorkha (T)
  65. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  66. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  67. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  68. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  69. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  70. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  71. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  72. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  73. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  74. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  75. Wooden Roofed and Wooden Columned Mosques in Anatolia (T)
  76. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)