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Luther Memorials

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 07-May-24

Luther Memorials

This is a hard one. There is no doubt that the reformation had a huge effect on European and World history, not only changing religious practices but the society, education, politics. In that respect it totally deserves its place on the list. The great question is how you represent a spiritual and intellectual movement with a building or a group of buildings if you do not want to downgrade it to an intangible heritage. How to represent such a complex movement stretching over many countries and several centuries? UNESCO or rather the German nomination chose to concentrate on the probably most famous reformer Martin Luther

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Medina Azahara

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 19-Mar-24

Medina Azahara must have been a wonder of the age: a palace city, splendid rooms with precious ornaments with no equal at the time, at least in Europe. So, expectations can be high for an unprepared visitor, but what do you get to see? I nice museum with small finds and scraps of ornaments and explanations about the palace city. When you get on the bus to the excavations (beware: they do run only about every 20 minutes and lines can be long so you may miss one) it is not much more then empty ground walls and a few very heavily restored arches. They say it is only 10 percent of the original palace city, but it seems to be the central area and there is no reason to assume further excavations would be better preserved

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Carmona’s cultural landscape (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 18-Mar-24

For many years the Spanish tentative site included the “Casco antiguo de Cadiz” which has now been removed. When I visited western Andalucía in February 2024 I visited Cadiz, supposedly the oldest city in Europe, dating back to the Phoenicians and almost 3000 years. When you arrive at the city you are potentially in for a surprise: The city is situated on a peninsula (though originally on several islands) and seems more like an island:  a splendid, almost Venice-like apparition. Since the space is extremely limited in the old town the houses stand very tight and only intercepted by a few attractive squares. Despite the density most streets are straight, so you often have the feeling of being in a colonial city

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Stralsund and Wismar

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 18-Mar-24

I visited Wismar and Stralsund during a two-week trip around northeastern Germany in October 2023. In both cities I stayed one and a half or two days to see its sights but also to soak in the atmosphere. They are good cities for a world heritage traveler insofar as they have enough to offer to keep you entertained for a couple of days but they are also small enough that after those days you feel you have seen them decently enough. Beside the highlights in both towns, it is a great pleasure to walk around the streets and watch out for remarkable buildings of which I generally like the old gabled merchants houses the best and both cities have a lot of those to offer

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The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 03-Mar-24

The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)

I spent about four days in Seville. Its WHS may be seen within a day but the city has a lot to offer beyond the splendid Alcazar and the cathedral and the less interesting Archive of the Americas. One morning I took the bus to look at this tentative site. I missed the bus at Plaza de Armas since the bus stop is a bit hard to find among the many bus stops in the very north of the square and hidden around the block. I took the next bus half an hour later. Since you are leaving the city all day tickets for the city are not valid on the bus to Saltiponce but the fare is cheap. 

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Rating Stats
Pompei 5
Prague 5
Brugge 4.5
Florence 4.5
Istanbul 4.5
Potsdam 4.5
Rome 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Assisi 4
Oporto 4
Puebla 4
Rhodes 4
Siena 4
Toledo 4
Verona 4
Avignon 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
Nikko 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Salzburg 3.5
Segovia 3.5
St. Kilda 3.5
Syracuse 3.5
Uxmal 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Arles 3
Avila 3
Graz 3
Naples 3
Reims 3
Split 3
Trogir 3
Campeche 2.5
Champagne 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Lyon 2.5
Morelia 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Vézelay 2.5
Corfu 2
Modena 2
Hiraizumi 1.5
Djerba 1
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  4. Birkenhead Park, the pioneering People’s Park (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  7. Carmona’s cultural landscape (T)
  8. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  9. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  10. Central Park (T)
  11. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  12. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  13. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  14. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  15. City of York: historic urban core (T)
  16. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  17. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  18. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  19. Ellis Island (T)
  20. Flow Country (T)
  21. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  22. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  23. Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)
  24. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  25. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  26. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  27. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  28. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  29. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  30. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  31. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  32. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  33. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  34. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  35. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  36. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  37. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  38. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  39. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  40. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  41. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  42. Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof: the Zenith of Iron Age Shetland (T)
  43. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  44. Orvieto (T)
  45. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  46. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  47. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  48. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  49. Sites of Globalization (T)
  50. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  51. The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)
  52. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  53. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  54. 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)
  55. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  56. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  57. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  58. Turó de la Seu Vella de Lleida (T)
  59. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  60. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  3. Divided Cities along the German Border
  4. Ephesus
  5. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  6. Minoan palaces of Crete
  7. Neuschwanstein Castle
  8. Panama Canal
  9. Scrovegni's Chapel
  10. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  11. Speicherstadt and Chilehaus with Kontorhaus District
  12. Suez Canal
  13. Transiberian Railway
  14. Ur

Top 200 WHS

  1. Moenjodaro
  2. Angkor
  3. Vézère Valley
  4. Altamira Cave
  5. Iguacu
  6. Plitvice Lakes
  7. Lake Baikal
  8. Victoria Falls
  9. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  10. Neolithic Orkney
  11. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  12. Nasca Lines
  13. Çatalhöyük
  14. Stonehenge
  15. Chavin
  16. Palenque
  17. Cahokia Mounds
  18. Chichen-Itza
  19. Caral-Supe
  20. Tikal National Park
  21. Teotihuacan
  22. Mesa Verde
  23. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  24. Bordeaux
  25. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  26. St. Petersburg
  27. Florence
  28. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  29. Villa d'Este
  30. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  31. Atapuerca
  32. Würzburg Residence
  33. Fontainebleau
  34. El Escurial
  35. Wartburg Castle
  36. Blenheim Palace
  37. Potsdam
  38. Versailles
  39. Imperial Palace
  40. Rapa Nui
  41. Petra
  42. Wulingyuan
  43. Great Himalayan National Park
  44. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  45. Machu Picchu
  46. Las Medulas
  47. Red Fort
  48. Kronborg Castle
  49. Tower of London
  50. Dutch Water Defence Lines
  51. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  52. Malbork Castle
  53. Castel del Monte
  54. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  55. Bahla Fort
  56. Great Wall
  57. Himeji-jo
  58. Crac des Chevaliers
  59. Agra Fort
  60. Strasbourg
  61. Avignon
  62. Old City of Berne
  63. Seville
  64. Bamberg
  65. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  66. Santiago de Compostela
  67. Rhodes
  68. Vienna
  69. Dubrovnik
  70. Granada
  71. Siena
  72. Maritime Greenwich
  73. Great Barrier Reef
  74. West Norwegian Fjords
  75. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  76. Andrefana Dry Forests
  77. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago
  78. South China Karst
  79. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  80. Nikko
  81. Chola Temples
  82. Tasmanian Wilderness
  83. Redwood
  84. Serengeti
  85. Yellowstone
  86. Galapagos Islands
  87. Ancient Nara
  88. Ancient Kyoto
  89. Crespi d'Adda
  90. New Lanark
  91. Grand Canyon
  92. Nubian Monuments
  93. Ancient Thebes
  94. University of Coimbra
  95. Salamanca
  96. Monticello
  97. Jantar Mantar
  98. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  99. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  100. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  101. Loire Valley
  102. Costiera Amalfitana
  103. Persian Garden
  104. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  105. Puebla
  106. Meroe
  107. Kremlin and Red Square
  108. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  109. Maulbronn Monastery
  110. Reims
  111. Amiens Cathedral
  112. Speyer Cathedral
  113. Assisi
  114. Belem
  115. Chartres Cathedral
  116. Flemish Béguinages
  117. Mount Athos
  118. Westminster
  119. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  120. Mont-Saint-Michel
  121. Saint Catherine Area
  122. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  123. Vatican City
  124. Meteora
  125. Ravenna
  126. Aachen Cathedral
  127. Göreme NP
  128. Imperial Tombs
  129. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  130. Etruscan Necropolises
  131. Taj Mahal
  132. Pyramids (Memphis)
  133. Horyu-ji Area
  134. Sanchi
  135. Mount Wutai
  136. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  137. Potala Palace
  138. Dazu Rock Carvings
  139. Ajanta Caves
  140. Itchan Kala
  141. Bukhara
  142. Samarkand
  143. Damascus
  144. Arles
  145. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  146. Pont du Gard
  147. Trier
  148. Leptis Magna
  149. Pompei
  150. Ephesus
  151. Epidaurus
  152. Troy
  153. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  154. Acropolis
  155. Mycenae and Tiryns
  156. Olympia
  157. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  158. Alto Douro
  159. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  160. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  161. Djenné
  162. Aksum
  163. Fatehpur Sikri
  164. Silk Roads Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor
  165. Qhapaq Ñan
  166. Grand Canal
  167. Canal du Midi
  168. Venice and its Lagoon
  169. Istanbul
  170. Rome
  171. Old City of Jerusalem
  172. Sana'a
  173. Prague
  174. City of Bath
  175. Edinburgh
  176. Verona
  177. Split
  178. Shibam
  179. Giant's Causeway