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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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Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)

Astraftis Italy - 22-Dec-22

Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)

I visited the area on a moody day of December 2022.

The official description is rather vague, as it seems to encompass everything about the war in the whole area, and all the motivations and values of the site appear to lie on the intangible side. Anyway, the whole southern part of Gallipoli's peninsula in front of Çanakkale, this extreme corner of Turkey, is a national park and protected area, and, more in particular, most of the interest gravitates around the ANZAC cove, west of Eceabat on the Aegean. Here, the cove itself and its hinterland are dotted with countless very simple, elegant war cemeteries and explanatory signs and boards. On the hills, many trenches, now mostly in the woods (there were far fewer trees at the time of WW1) can be seen and explored

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Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Astraftis Italy - 16-Dec-22

Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

This is a kind of Stoclet house that welcomes you with guns.

It may have been the fascination for the prohibited or the downright incomprehensible that led me to spend a whole morning exploring this part of Beşiktaş during my Turkish week in the first half of December 2022. This was a neighbourhood that in my previous (2012) trip to İstanbul/Turkey I had completely neglected, but on this dark, cloudy but rather mild late-autumn day I enjoyed the greenery and the more ample and aristocratic atmosphere with respect to Unkapanı/Cibali/Fener (on the southern shore of the Golden Horn), where I had come from by ferry.

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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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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 20.01.23
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Meroe 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
Troy 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Vicenza 3.5
Vienna 3.5
Graz 3
Ivrea 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. Al Hassania National Park (T)
  3. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  4. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  5. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  6. Anatolian Seljuks Madrasahs (T)
  7. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  8. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  9. Art and Architecture in the Prehistory of Sardinia. The domus de janas. (T)
  10. Bale Mountains National Park (T)
  11. Banganarti (T)
  12. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  13. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  14. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  15. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  16. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  17. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  18. Dana Biosphere Reserve (T)
  19. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  20. Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)
  21. Esrefoglu Mosque (T)
  22. Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)
  23. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  24. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  25. Gorge of Samaria National Park (T)
  26. Hanbury botanical gardens (T)
  27. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  28. Inle Lake (T)
  29. Íznik (T)
  30. Jozani - Chwaka Bay Conservation Area (T)
  31. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  32. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  33. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  34. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  35. La Camargue (T)
  36. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  37. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  38. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  39. Le chemin de fer de Cerdagne (T)
  40. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  41. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  42. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  43. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (F) (T)
  44. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  45. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  46. Medieval Settlement of Kirtipur (T)
  47. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  48. Moler landscapes of the Liim Fiord (T)
  49. Mountainous Phrygia (T)
  50. Mrauk-U (T)
  51. Mta-Tusheti (T)
  52. Nuragic monuments of Sardinia (T)
  53. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  54. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  55. Old Dongola (T)
  56. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  57. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  58. Rade de Marseille (T)
  59. Ripa Pannonica in Hungary (T)
  60. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  61. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  62. Sacred Mountains of Mongolia (T)
  63. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  64. Shatili (T)
  65. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  66. Sulcis Iglesiente (T)
  67. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  68. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  69. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  70. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  71. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  72. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  73. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  74. 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)
  75. The medieval palace complex of Gorkha (T)
  76. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  77. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  78. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  79. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  80. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  81. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  82. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  83. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  84. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  85. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  86. Wooden Roofed and Wooden Columned Mosques in Anatolia (T)
  87. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  88. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)