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Orkhon Valley

Christravelblog Netherlands - 03-Jun-24

Orkhon Valley

VISIT: LATE NOVEMBER 2023

Orkhon Valley has been covered a couple of times in reviews but never in winter. I made a combined visit with the Deer Stones at Khoid Tamir valley. I did not stay overnight in Karakorum but visited two places. Balgas Ordu Baliq on my way from Ulaanbaatar to Tsetserleg and the Erdene Zuu Monastery on the way back. The roads are well paved and also cleaned if there is snow but still in winter the drive takes long.

Balgas Ordu Baliq can only be reached in winter if there is not fresh snowfall and you can see the tracks of others. As, it's off-road and if you do not see where you go you will get stuck in a ditch in no time

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Deer Stone Monuments

Christravelblog Netherlands - 03-Jun-24

Deer Stone Monuments

VISIT: LATE NOVEMBER 2023

Mongolia in winter? It was not my initial plan, but when my business trip to Beijing got rescheduled from early October to late November, I had no choice. Ok, I had a choice, but I wanted to visit Mongolia. Period. Mongolia is a huge country, and visiting the various WHS in one trip would take a lot of time, so I decided to visit two in a total of 3 days (plus, of course, arrival and departure days): the Orkhon Valley and the Deer Stone Monuments. The Deer Stone Monuments were inscribed in 2023, and their locations were well documented with good maps at UNESCO. There are many more Deer Stones in Mongolia, though

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Agglomération Aného Glidji (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 10-May-23

Agglomération Aného Glidji  (T)

Aného-glidji was added to the tentative UNESCO list of Togo back in 2021 so, why not make a visit. Even if it wasn’t added it’s a nice day trip from Lomé along the coast towards Benin. The area is most famous for the remains of German colonial time as they had their capital there until it moved to Lomé. The buildings do need a lot of renovations, but it was interesting to see this European colonial architecture there. After checking out most of the structures I picked up a local guide to visit a Voodoo sanctuary. I did a Voodoo ceremony which as interesting to experience. This was all unplanned as you cannot just go to these sanctuaries as a foreigner. I was lucky with a local. The sacred forest however was off limits and I could only see the entrance.

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Greniers en série des grottes de Nok, Mamproug, Kouba et Bagou (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 10-May-23

Greniers en série des grottes de Nok, Mamproug, Kouba et Bagou (T)

Another suprise in Togo! From the 4 places of the TWHS Nok is most easily reached and the largest. At the time of my visit (late 2022) the northern parts of Togo, close to Burkina Faso, are not 100% safe. It's safe on the main roads, but my driver and local guide in the north advised against staying overnight there to not attract attention. 

In the north of Togo, towards the border with Burkina Faso, the landscaped changes drastically

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Sites de la métallurgie ancienne du fer de Bassar (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 10-May-23

Sites de la métallurgie ancienne du fer de Bassar (T)

Yes this is for me a TWHS that has a good chance of inscribing. I loved it. Getting to Bassar is kind of out of the way, even in a small country as Togo. The easiest is to get there is from Sokodé (which is almost a day from Lomé). Visit and go through norther route to Kara to visit the only WHS and more TWHS. Make sure to leave around 9-10AM so you will be in Kara in the late afternoon. In the north of Togo there are plenty of police/military checkpoints which can slow you down. Going from Sokodé you also go through the Parc national Fazao-Malfakassa (allthough at the tip) but enough to tick it off, not to see elephants though.

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  1. Agglomération Aného Glidji (T)
  2. Agioi Varnavas and Ilarion at Peristerona (Five-domed churches) (T)
  3. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  4. Aire naturelle protégée de Djalélo (T)
  5. Aire naturelle terrestre protégée d'Assamo (T)
  6. Aizanoi Antique City (T)
  7. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  8. Al Qastal (Settlement) (T)
  9. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  10. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  11. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  12. Ancient city of Kibyra (T)
  13. Archaeo-astronomical Site Kokino (T)
  14. Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)
  15. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  16. Archaeological Site of Assos (T)
  17. Archaeological site of Laodikeia (T)
  18. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  19. Awali oil settlement (T)
  20. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  21. Azraq (T)
  22. Baltic Klint (T)
  23. Banwari Trace Archaeological Site (T)
  24. Baquedano Street (T)
  25. Barbar Temple (T)
  26. Baroque Temples of Collao (T)
  27. Beng Malea Temple (T)
  28. Black River Gorges National Park (T)
  29. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  30. Bulwarked Fortifications (T)
  31. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  32. Caesarea (T)
  33. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  34. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  35. Capital Fortifications of Hanyang : Hangyangdoseong Capital City Wall, Bukhansanseong Mountain Fortress and Tangchundaeseong Defense Wall (T)
  36. Caricin Grad - Iustiniana Prima, archaeological site (T)
  37. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  38. Central Park (T)
  39. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  40. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  41. Church of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa, Kourdali (extension to (T)
  42. Church St. George (Sv Gjorgji) Kurbinovo (T)
  43. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  44. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  45. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  46. City of Charlestown (T)
  47. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  48. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  49. Coral Stone Mosques of Maldives (T)
  50. Cultural Landscape of Bisya & Salut and its Archaeological Remains (T)
  51. Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (T)
  52. Dali Chanshan Mountain and Erhai Lake Scenic Spot (T)
  53. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  54. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  55. Dmanisi Hominid Archaeological Site (T)
  56. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (T)
  57. Dunhuang Yardangs (T)
  58. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  59. East Atlantic Flyway: England East Coast Wetlands (T)
  60. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  61. Ellis Island (T)
  62. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  63. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  64. Former M-13 prison/ Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21)/ Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (former Execution Site of S-21) (T)
  65. Greniers en série des grottes de Nok, Mamproug, Kouba et Bagou (T)
  66. Group of Mozarabic buildings on the Iberian Peninsula (T)
  67. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  68. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  69. Hamad Town Tumuli Moundfield (T)
  70. Hawar Islands Reserve (T)
  71. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  72. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  73. Historical city of Izamal (Izamal, Mayan continuity in an Historical City) (T)
  74. Historical Features of the Tigris River in Baghdad Rusafa, which extends from the school Al-Mustansiriya to the Abbasid (T)
  75. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  76. Historical Relics in Pyongyang (T)
  77. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  78. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston (T)
  79. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  80. Huong Son Complex of Natural Beauty and Historical Monuments (T)
  81. Imeong Conservation Area (T)
  82. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  83. Íznik (T)
  84. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  85. Jerusalem (T)
  86. Kakum National Park (T)
  87. Khor Al-Adaid natural reserve (T)
  88. Khor Dubai (T)
  89. Kirkuk Citadel (T)
  90. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  91. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  92. L’ancienne ville de Tripoli (T)
  93. La Brea Pitch Lake (T)
  94. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  95. La ville de Porto-Novo: quartiers anciens et Palais Royal (T)
  96. Lac Abbeh (T)
  97. Lake Titicaca (T)
  98. Lalish Temple (T)
  99. Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites (T)
  100. Le complexe hydraulique romain de Zaghouan-Carthage (T)
  101. Le Lac Assal (T)
  102. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  103. Le Parc National de la forêt du Day (T)
  104. Le paysage urbain historique de la ville de Djibouti et ses bâtiments spécifiques (T)
  105. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  106. Les Gravures Rupestre d'Abourma (T)
  107. Les Îles Moucha et Maskali (T)
  108. Les paysages naturels de la région d'Obock (T)
  109. Les roças de Monte Café, Agua-lzé e Sundy de São Tomé e Príncipe (T)
  110. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  111. Les tombes de la Basse Selca (T)
  112. Les Tumulus (Awellos) (T)
  113. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  114. Les villes bastionnées des Pays-Bas du nord-ouest de l'Europe (T)
  115. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  116. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  117. Markovi Kuli (T)
  118. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  119. Médina de Sfax (T)
  120. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  121. Mt. Kumgang and the Historical Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  122. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  123. Mt. Sara National Park (T)
  124. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  125. Nicortsminda Cathedral (T)
  126. Nippur (T)
  127. Nzulezu Stilt Settlement (T)
  128. Oeam Village (T)
  129. Old City of Mosul (T)
  130. Ouballang ra Ngebedech (Ngebedech Terraces) (T)
  131. Paleontological Sites of Pisco and Camana Basins (T)
  132. Parc national Fazao-Malfakassa (T)
  133. Pella (Modern Tabaqat Fahil) (T)
  134. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  135. Phnom Kulen: Archeological Site/Ancient Site of Mahendraparvata (T)
  136. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  137. Pont sur la gorge du Salgina (T)
  138. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  139. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  140. Qasr Al-Mushatta (T)
  141. Qasr Bshir (a Roman Castellum) (T)
  142. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  143. Rade de Marseille (T)
  144. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  145. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  146. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  147. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  148. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
  149. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  150. Route of Magellan (T)
  151. Rural Temples of Cusco (T)
  152. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  153. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  154. Samtavisi Cathedral (T)
  155. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  156. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  157. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  158. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  159. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  160. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  161. Shimal (T)
  162. Sites de la métallurgie ancienne du fer de Bassar (T)
  163. Sites marquants de la Route de l’Esclave au Bénin (T)
  164. Sites of fossilized dinosaurs throughout the Southern seacoast (T)
  165. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  166. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  167. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  168. Tet el Bad (Stone Coffin) (T)
  169. The Ancient Capitals of the Kingdom of Tonga (T)
  170. The Ancient City of Nineveh (T)
  171. The Ancient City of Sardis and the Lydian Tumuli of Bin Tepe (T)
  172. The ancient complex of Preah Khan Kompong Svay (T)
  173. The archaeological site of the city of Dvin (T)
  174. The Archeological complex of Banteay Chhmar (T)
  175. The basilica and archaeological site of Yererouk (T)
  176. The Bridge of Uzunköprü (T)
  177. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  178. The Coastal Lomas System of Peru (T)
  179. The Cultural Landscape of Dhayah (T)
  180. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  181. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  182. The Fortress of Al-Ukhaidar (T)
  183. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  184. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  185. The Historical Port City of Izmir (T)
  186. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  187. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  188. 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)
  189. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
  190. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley (T)
  191. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  192. The pearl trading town of Jazirat Al-Hamra (T)
  193. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  194. The rural settlement of Fikardou (T)
  195. The Scotland District of Barbados (T)
  196. The Silver Route (T)
  197. The Site of Angkor Borei and Phnom Da (T)
  198. The Site of Thilkifl (T)
  199. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  200. The Yen Tu Complex of Monuments and Landscapes (T)
  201. Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve (T)
  202. Trading town of Julfar (T)
  203. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  204. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  205. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Solomon Islands (T)
  206. Umm al-Jimal (T)
  207. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  208. Upo Wetland (T)
  209. Valle Calchaquí (T)
  210. Vani (T)
  211. Velebit Mountain (T)
  212. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  213. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  214. Vila Viçosa (T)
  215. Village souterrain d'Agongointo-Zoungoudo (T)
  216. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  217. Wadi Al-Salam Cemetery in Najaf (T)
  218. Wadi Wurayah National Park (T)
  219. Wasit (T)
  220. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)
  221. Wooded meadows (Laelatu, Kalli-Nedrema, Mäepea, Allika, Tagamoisa, Loode, Koiva, Halliste) (T)
  222. Yalong, Tibet (T)
  223. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)
  224. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)