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Kutna Hora

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 05-Dec-19

On this trip to the Czech Republic I had planned to see beside the treasure trove of Prague one new WHS and one new TWHS: The Villa Tugendhat in Brno and the Jested Tower near Liberec. None of it worked out. For the Villa Tugendhat even three weeks ahead was too late to find any space in a tour, they are now booked out for months ahead, even in wintertime. While I enjoyed Brno for its lively old town and the beautiful St. James church with its ossuary, I decided not to visit the Villa just from the the outside since the garden is hardly enjoyable in wintertime. After that we didn't do our day trip to Liberec either because the performance of two rare Rachmaninov operas that we had planned to see was cancelled. I decided instead to use that day for a short day trip to Kutna Hora. 

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Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 08-May-19

Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)

I visited this town in May 2019 and found it attractive despite terribly bad weather: a mid size, completely intact medival old town. Of the three large churches St. Nicolaus is the most impressive also  with the two neighbouring chapels, the baroque St. Josef and the older St. Magdalena. The latter has nice frescoes and is the only not baroquified church in town. Hall’s OUV potential lies nonetheless  not in its homogenous historic center but in its mint which claims to be the first industrial mint worldwide and the first that coined the first silver coin that equaled in value the then common Gulden that was made of gold.  Gold had to be imported from far away and the rich silver mine in nearby Schwaz made big and highly pure silver coins possible

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Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 04-Apr-19

Segovia has long been on my wish list, also because of some raving reviews on this website. On my first afternoon in the city I started with the three famous highlights:

I found the Alcázar more [...]

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Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 17-Mar-19

I visited Avila in March 2019 after spending a couple of days in Segovia and found the first impression quite stunning. The city walls in the evening sun are quite a site and Avila clearly deserves its WHS status just for them alone. The walls are mostly built between the 11th and 14th century but seem based on little known older structures. They really look in perfect shape and they are repaired all the time. This is great but one wonders how much material has been exchanged in the process. 

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Stourhead (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 07-Aug-18

Stourhead (T)

This is probably one of the most iconic gardens in England if not in the World. Like all great gardens it is staged with so much work and artistry that you are happy to believe that this is a perfect landscape that even includes naturally the Pantheon. I was equally with the many various huge and very old trees. It is a pleasure to walk around the big lake and it is staged in a way that you have to walk counterclockwise! The attached house is great, has a remarkable picture gallery and beautiful Georgian library but is less unique then the garden. 

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  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  4. Cascata delle Marmore and valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  5. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  6. Central Park (T)
  7. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  8. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  9. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  10. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  11. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  12. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  13. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  14. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  15. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (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. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  22. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  23. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  24. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  25. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  26. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  27. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  28. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  29. Île de Djerba (T)
  30. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  31. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  32. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  33. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  34. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  35. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  36. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  37. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  38. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  39. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  40. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  41. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  42. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  43. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  44. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  45. Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof: the Zenith of Iron Age Shetland (T)
  46. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  47. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  48. Orvieto (T)
  49. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  50. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  51. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  52. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
  53. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  54. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  55. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  56. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  57. Sites of Globalization (T)
  58. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  59. The city of Bergamo (T)
  60. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  61. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  62. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  63. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  64. 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. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  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. Tsingy de Bemaraha
  77. Ha Long Bay
  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
  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