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Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 08-Mar-22

Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin

Before I really start my "review" of this site I have to anticipate that I am a great fan of rock art sites. I think they are sometimes among the most important cultural sites since they open to us a window into a time of the human brain of which we wouldn't know anything at all otherwise: It offers glimpses into human hunt practice but mainly into cult and artistry. I think the fantastic paintings at Chauvet are possibly the most important artworks of mankind considering their age, skill and originality. And while I think the Ice Cave Art offers almost nothing to the visitor who visits the caves the artwork linked to it is not only hugely important but equally exciting. 

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The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 08-Mar-22

The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)

Tarragona is an easy and interesting day trip from Barcelona and one day is just about the time to see it all. Beside the three churches of the episcopal see it offers a quite remarkable heritage of Modernism. 

The three churches were the seat of a bishop at visigothic time when the belief was supposedly Arian and not catholic. As Wikipedia tells us this constellation of three (and sometimes even more) churches was typical for early episcopal seats even within Catalunya and similar groups are documented in Valencia, Vic and La Seu d'Urgell (which bears the episcopal see still in its name). As far as I could find out all of them are lost in which case Tarrassa would be unique just for this constellation alone. 

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Turó de la Seu Vella de Lleida (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 06-Mar-22

Turó de la Seu Vella de Lleida (T)

I visited Lleida as a detour traveling from Tarragona to Barcelona. I takes about one and a half hours from both cities. I arrived in the afternoon and when I walked from the train station to my hotel I was first a bit shocked how run down the streets looked in the very centre of the city. Thanks to covid a had found a rather cheap four star hotel near the station which I find always the best choice if you travel with public transport and luggage. But the hotel fitted quite oddly into the neighborhood with visible signs poverty everywhere. After dropping my luggage I walked up to the city hill which is the nominated area of this TWHS: It contains the old cathedral with a tower and cloisters, the remnants of a castle and large fortifications from several centuries

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Mining Historical Heritage (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 06-Mar-22

Mining Historical Heritage (T)

I visited the neolithic Mines of Gavà from Barcelona. Gava train station is easy and frequently to reach by regional train from Barcelona. From there you can walk for 20 minutes or take a bus. 

There you find a huge modern building which [...]

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Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 06-Mar-22

Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l

Empuries is about one hour by bus from Gerona. I found only one connection that made sense which left Gerona around 9am and returned from L'Escala around 2pm which gives you plenty of time to visit the ruins. From the bus stop Empuries it is about a twenty minute walk to the site and it is worth walking the small detour along the beach since Empuries is located on a lovely bay with beaches everywhere. In February swimming was no temptation for me but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 

The access to the archeological site is via a very modern looking Libeskind like visitor center. The entrance fee was very modest with 6 Euros and the excellent audio guide is included. There are lockers, toilets and vending machines. From there you walk over to the first area: the Greek town. This is impressive in so far as it is very extended and the foundation walls are clear everywhere. With the audioguide to get a feeling for the function or different areas as markets, temples, private houses etc. Best preserved are the subterranean structures like cisterns and reservoirs. It adds hugely to the experience almost to the point of being distracting that you have always the deep blue sea and the beautiful bay around you

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Venice
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Gdansk, New York Central Park
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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
Vicenza 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
Vézelay 2.5
Corfu 2
Hiraizumi 1.5
Ljubljana 1.5
  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. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  5. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  6. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  7. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  8. Central Park (T)
  9. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  10. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  11. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  12. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  13. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  14. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  15. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  16. Ellis Island (T)
  17. Flow Country (T)
  18. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  19. Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)
  20. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  21. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  22. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  23. Île de Djerba (T)
  24. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  25. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  26. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  27. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  28. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  29. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  30. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  31. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  32. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  33. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  34. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  35. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  36. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  37. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  38. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  39. Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof (T)
  40. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  41. Orvieto (T)
  42. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  43. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
  44. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  45. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  46. Sites of Globalization (T)
  47. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  48. The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)
  49. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  50. 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)
  51. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  52. Turó de la Seu Vella de Lleida (T)
  53. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  54. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  55. 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. 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