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Sümela Monastery (The Monastery of Virgin Mary) (T)

Bergecn - 30-Aug-23

Sümela Monastery (The Monastery of Virgin Mary) (T)

After several years of extensive renovations the Sümela Monastery (Μονή Παναγίας Σουμελά) was reopened partially in 2019 and 2020.  We were very lucky to participate in a restricted service on the day of the Dormition of the Theotokos or Feast of the Assumption of St.Mary on 15 August 2020. Only about 50 people could attend due to Covid-19 restrictions.  This made it a very special and moving event.  

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Luther Memorials

Bergecn - 28-Aug-23

Luther Memorials

It’s now eight years after the 500 year celebrations of Martin Luther’s public display of his 95 theses nailed to the door of the church at the Wittenberg castle.  Calm has returned to both Wittenberg and Eisleben where six sites make up the Luther memorial WHS.  In both locations the focus is not so much on buildings and architecture as most of the original structures have undergone substantial changes over the centuries, but rather on the work, ideas and lasting impact of Martin Luther and his close companion Philipp Melanchthon.  

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Archaeological site of Ancient Messene (T)

Bergecn - 20-Aug-22

Back to Ancient Messene after many years.  What a difference!  Today (in 2022) it easily competes with Delphi and Olympia as a well kept, well presented and rich archaeological site that deserves to be included in the World Heritage List.  It received the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage in 2005 & 2011.  

Ancient Messene was an important Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine city.  The site is stretched out in the valley below Mount Ithome, 28 km north of Kalamata in the Peloponnese.  The first organised settlement on Mount Ithome dates back to the 9th century BC - with earlier human presence in the Late Neolithicum and Early Bronze Age.  After a series of wars with Sparta between the 8th and 5th centuries BC the settlement on the mountain was given up by its inhabitants.  In 369 BC General Epameinondas from Thebes founded the city below in the valley as the capital of independent Messenia and built according to the urban planing principles of Hippodamus of Miletus

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Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios

Bergecn - 02-May-22

If it were not located next to a busy modern day national road one could imagine the Daphni Monastery to be located in Shakespeare’s Athenian forest with elves, kings and queens enjoying a pleasant Midsummer’s Night on the lush meadow among the pine trees behind one of the Greek capital’s most impressive buildings of the Middle Byzantine period.  The site was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990, together with the Monastery of Hosios Loukas near Delphi, and Nea Moni on the island of Chios.

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Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)

Bergecn - 29-May-21

Abydos is a gem on the tentative list (since 2003).  Together with Heliopolis, Hermopolis and Amarna, the site was one of the most important religious centres in pharaonic Egypt.   It was a place of worship, pilgrimage and served as a burial place over millennia.  The main attraction is the temple of Seti I (father of Ramses II) and the adjacent Osireion, a rather mysterious underground cenotaph for the Egyptian god of fertility and resurrection. 

Abydos lies in the modern Egyptian Governorate of Sohag and can be reached by [...]

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  2. Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)
  3. Akdamar Church (T)
  4. Alanya (T)
  5. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  6. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  7. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  8. Apamee (Afamia) (T)
  9. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  10. Archaeological site of Ancient Messene (T)
  11. Archaeological site of Laodikeia (T)
  12. Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T)
  13. Archaeological Site of Perge (T)
  14. Archaeological Site of Priene (T)
  15. Archaeological Site of Sagalassos (T)
  16. Azraq (T)
  17. Baptism Site “Eshria’a” (Al-Maghtas) (T)
  18. Bet She'an (T)
  19. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  20. Caesarea (T)
  21. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  22. Capital Fortifications of Hanyang : Hangyangdoseong Capital City Wall, Bukhansanseong Mountain Fortress and Tangchundaeseong Defense Wall (T)
  23. Cathedral of Gurk (T)
  24. Central Park (T)
  25. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  26. Dura Europos (T)
  27. Ebla (Tell Mardikh) (T)
  28. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  29. Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape (T)
  30. El Fayoum (T)
  31. El-Bariyah: wilderness with monasteries (T)
  32. Etosha Pan (T)
  33. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  34. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  35. Harran and Sanliurfa (T)
  36. Hatay, St. Pierre Church (T)
  37. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  38. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  39. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  40. Hochosterwitz Castle (T)
  41. Ishak Pasha Palace (T)
  42. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  43. Jerusalem (T)
  44. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  45. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  46. Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA) (T)
  47. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  48. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  49. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  50. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  51. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  52. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  53. Maaloula (T)
  54. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  55. Mardin Cultural Landscape (T)
  56. Mari & Europos-Dura sites of Euphrates Valley (T)
  57. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  58. Minia (T)
  59. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  60. Mount Gerizim and the Samaritans (T)
  61. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  62. Necropolises of Middle Egypt, from the Middle Empire to the Roman period (T)
  63. Noréas de Hama (T)
  64. Old Town of Nablus and its environs (T)
  65. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  66. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  67. Raqqa-Ràfiqa : la cité abbasside (T)
  68. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  69. Sebastia (T)
  70. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  71. St. Nicholas Church (T)
  72. St. Paul Church, St. Pauls Well and surrounding historic quarters (T)
  73. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  74. Sümela Monastery (The Monastery of Virgin Mary) (T)
  75. Tartus: la cité-Citadelle des Crois (T)
  76. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  77. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  78. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  79. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  80. The Great Rift Valley - migratory routes - The Hula (T)
  81. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  82. The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (T)
  83. The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman citadel (T)
  84. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  85. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  86. Tushpa/Van Fortress, the Mound and the Old City of Van (T)
  87. Ugrarit (Tell Shamra) (T)
  88. Vespasianus Titus Tunnel (T)
  89. Wadi Gaza Coastal Wetlands (T)
  90. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  91. Zerzevan Castle and Mithraeum (T)