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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 the world history in its own way.

So, trying not to be overcome by the compulsive urge to visit them all, I greatly enjoy including them in my travels or planning some routes around them. Until recently I heavily focused on Europe, but I am slowly reaching out into the world, without forgetting to visit those in my country, the most WHS-ed of all!

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Archaeological Site of Delphi

Astraftis Italy - 06-Oct-20

Archaeological Site of Delphi

I am quite disconcerted at reading other travellers' comments that Delphi might not be the best in Greece, or that its ruins might be disappointing... allow me to claim that Delphi actually is among the top 3 archaeological sites in Greece (at least for me)!!! And this comes from a blend of history and setting.

My first (and until now only) visit to Delphoí came quite late (October 2018) when considering my numerous previous forays in Greece, and I was quite excited at the idea

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Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)

Astraftis Italy - 02-Oct-20

Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)

Disclaimer: at first I was convinced I had visited exactly one of the three sites of this TWHS, but then, after better checking, it seems that in mid-August 2018 I was at a smaller field of deer stones of which I can't remember the name between Khatgal (the town on the Khövsgöl lake) and Mörön and near to the Erkhel lake (Эрхэл нуур), not far from the proposed one of Uushgiin övör (Уушгийн өвөр). It was off the beaten track and not so easy to find, but still not so distant from the main road (and of course absolutely no signs). Since the deer stones there are of the same kind as in the other sites and in the same area, I think I can count this as a "visit".

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Tiya

Astraftis Italy - 29-Sep-20

Tiya

Tiya was one of the first things I saw of Ethiopia, on a morning of August in 2015, after having been picked up by our drivers/guides from the airport together with my small group at dawn, after little or no sleep (it seems that my experience was quite similar to Juha's). Our final destination was the south and the Omo valley, but on that first day the guides had planned to bring us (also) here on the way to our first stop-over in Hawassa; from this and the fact that a troupe of a local television was there to take an interview with us, I got the impression that they were trying to promote the site somehow.

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Çatalhöyük

Astraftis Italy - 28-Sep-20

Çatalhöyük

Again, a place I went to as a last-minute decision and probably the most fascinating archaeological site I have visited up to date.

Some personal story of the visit: it was back in early August 2012, so the site had just been nominated on the list. In fact, I do not remember if I was aware of its World-Heritage status, but surely my guide book wasn't. I was just curious of the description and, as it happend that we (a group of 5 people) were in Konya and heading to Kapadokia the next day, I managed to convince a friend to set off for Çatalhöyük at 6am, so as to be back at a decent time to continue with the others. And so it was!

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Sacred Mountains of Mongolia (T)

Astraftis Italy - 27-Sep-20

Sacred Mountains of Mongolia (T)

I am honoured to be the first to describe this tentative WHS site. No wonder, though, because if it ever makes it to the list, it will surely be one of the toughest and most laborious to tick off in its entirety: Mongolia is huge and extremely sparse, and each of these peaks easily requires days of travel hiring local drivers to go there, and travelling is never an easy nor a fast task in Mongolia.

I realised to have been lucky enough to ascend one of these "dear ones", as many mountains are euphemistically called (traditionally, out of respect you should not utter the names of mountais or passes, especially difficult ones, when you are near them, so as not to attract misfortunes), namely the Khan Bayanzürkh (Хан баянзүрх xайрхан) mountain back in August 2018. The name more or less means "King Rich-Heart", and one of its symbols is a crown

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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)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 02.10.20
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Rome 5
Konso 4.5
Matera 4.5
Mtskheta 4.5
Telc 4
Visby 4
Modena 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Røros 3
Trebic 3
Tiya 2.5
  1. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  4. Anatolian Seljuks Madrasahs (T)
  5. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  6. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  7. Bale Mountains National Park (T)
  8. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  9. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  10. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  11. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  12. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  13. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  14. Dana Biosphere Reserve (T)
  15. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  16. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  17. Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)
  18. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  19. Esrefoglu Mosque (T)
  20. Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)
  21. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" (T)
  22. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  23. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  24. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (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. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  31. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  32. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  33. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  34. La Camargue (T)
  35. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  36. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  37. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  38. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  39. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  40. Medieval Settlement of Kirtipur (T)
  41. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  42. Mountainous Phrygia (T)
  43. Mta-Tusheti (T)
  44. Myauk-U Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  45. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  46. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  47. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  48. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  49. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  50. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  51. Sacred Mountains of Mongolia (T)
  52. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  53. Shatili (T)
  54. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  55. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  56. The city of Bergamo (T)
  57. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  58. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  59. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  60. The medieval palace complex of Gorkha (T)
  61. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  62. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  63. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  64. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  65. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)
  66. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  67. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  68. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  69. Wooden Roofed and Wooden Columned Mosques in Anatolia (T)
  70. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)