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Shibam

Christravelblog Netherlands - 20-Nov-22

Shibam

In November 2022, finally I was able to visit Yemen Mainland. Just Hadramout though, but that's were Shibam is. Will advise on logistics below.

It was around 10AM when we finally headed to, in my opinion, the highlight of the Yemen trip: Shibam Hadramout, the Manhattan of Arabia. Shibam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982 and I now know why: It’s an amazing unique place.

Shibam is a unique city in Wadi Hadramout as it’s completely built from mud bricks up to eleven stories high. These skyscrapers house around 7000 people and are built very close to each other. The whole city is surrounded by a wall

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Les Tumulus (Awellos) (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 12-Apr-22

Les Tumulus (Awellos) (T)

It's impossible to make a huge review about these Tumulus. There are a lot in Djibouti. I'm not sure if these should be inscribed. I think not. But there are many near Lake Abbeh as well, which, maybe, could be inscribed together with the lake as a cultural landscape. They are, as stated, a pile of black rocks mainly. They are not like other "beautiful" tumulus in other parts of the world. Nothing really special.

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Les Gravures Rupestre d'Abourma (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 12-Apr-22

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In my quest to visit every country and having Djibouti on my radar since childhood (no clue why, I have this with a few countries) I had no choice to book it when KLM Air France had great mileage redemption tickets. I visited all TWHS as I had a week due to just one flight a week.

The Abourma Rock Art was in the top 3 places I wanted to see in Djibouti. It's also said it will be the first inscription for Djibouti within the next few years. UNESCO is putting in place already a conservation plan and helping Djibouti with the submission files. This will be a nice remote site to tick off in the future. It's "impossible" to do as a day trip from Djibouti city. You must stay overnight at Foret Du Day (another TWHS). From there it's a 2-hour rocky off-road drive + a 5-hour total hike to see ALL the art. If you just want to see a few on the 3km stretch, then 3.5 hours works. I opted to see all or most of the art. Keep in mind the hike is rocky for the most part and no shade, 35-40 degrees C and dry as hell. I finished 5 litres of water

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Royal Palaces of Abomey

Christravelblog Netherlands - 23-Jan-22

Royal Palaces of Abomey

The Royal Palaces of Abomey certainly were a highlight of my road trip in Benin. I did read about the "no photo" policy but with the help of a few Benin Francs that policy was abandoned very fast. Not with a big camera but with the iPhone I was allowed. Perfect, as the phones make good photos anyway these days.

The palaces are well restored (late 2019) and still some reconstruction was going on. Mainly restoring of the tatched roofs. A visit gives a good look into the Africa before the Europeans came. The tombs are also interesting to visit. The museum has relics from all the kings on display and also shows the history of the kingdoms. There are actually still kings in Benin today but, except some rule over the local community, they have not much to say.

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Wadi Wurayah National Park (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 10-Jan-22

I tried to visit the Wadi during my UAE trip late december. It was more a family leisure trip as ticking off WHS/TWHS but of course I (mostly without family) did visit all TWHS except those in Abu Dhabi.

Regarding Wadi Wurayah no review just a note: It's closed since 2012 until further notice. There is no plans to re-open at the moment. Entrance is guarded and no way to go in. Road further down was in not nice condition (not long used). This is to restore wildlife and nature.

Later at Mleiha Archaeological Museum I spoke to a person of the museum about WHS and he actually was from the Wurayah area and worked on the submission documents! He also confirmed it's closed and no plans to re-open. He said there are just a couple of yearly expeditions into the Wadi, scientific.

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Hoi An 5
Iguacu 5
My Son 5
Shibam 5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Huanglong 4.5
Rapa Nui 4.5
Siena 4.5
Tallinn 4.5
Uxmal 4.5
Byblos 4
Hué 4
Potosi 4
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Corfu 3
Lima 3
Qalhat 3
Split 3
Telc 3
Yin Xu 3
Atapuerca 2.5
Cuzco 2.5
Ljubljana 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Tyre 2.5
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As-Salt 1.5
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  2. Aire naturelle protégée de Djalélo (T)
  3. Aire naturelle terrestre protégée d'Assamo (T)
  4. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  5. Al Qastal (Settlement) (T)
  6. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  7. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  8. Archaeo-astronomical Site Kokino (T)
  9. Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)
  10. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  11. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  12. Awali oil settlement (T)
  13. Azraq (T)
  14. Baltic Klint (T)
  15. Banwari Trace Archaeological Site (T)
  16. Baquedano Street (T)
  17. Barbar Temple (T)
  18. Baroque Temples of Collao (T)
  19. Black River Gorges National Park (T)
  20. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  21. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  22. Bulwarked Fortifications (T)
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  25. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  26. Caricin Grad - Iustiniana Prima, archaeological site (T)
  27. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  28. Central Park (T)
  29. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  30. Church St. George (Sv Gjorgji) Kurbinovo (T)
  31. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  32. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  33. City of Charlestown (T)
  34. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  35. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  36. Cultural Landscape of Bisya & Salut and its Archaeological Remains (T)
  37. Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (T)
  38. Dali Chanshan Mountain and Erhai Lake Scenic Spot (T)
  39. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  40. Dunhuang Yardangs (T)
  41. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  42. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  43. Ellis Island (T)
  44. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  45. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  46. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  47. Group of Mozarabic buildings on the Iberian Peninsula (T)
  48. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  49. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  50. Hamad Town Tumuli Moundfield (T)
  51. Hawar Islands Reserve (T)
  52. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  53. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  54. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  55. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  56. Historical city of Izamal (Izamal, Mayan continuity in an Historical City) (T)
  57. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  58. Historical Relics in Pyongyang (T)
  59. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston (T)
  60. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  61. Imeong Conservation Area (T)
  62. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  63. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  64. Jerusalem (T)
  65. Kakum National Park (T)
  66. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  67. Khor Al-Adaid natural reserve (T)
  68. Khor Dubai (T)
  69. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  70. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  71. La Brea Pitch Lake (T)
  72. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  73. La ville de Porto-Novo: quartiers anciens et Palais Royal (T)
  74. Lac Abbeh (T)
  75. Lake Titicaca (T)
  76. Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites (T)
  77. Le complexe hydraulique romain de Zaghouan-Carthage (T)
  78. Le Lac Assal (T)
  79. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  80. Le Parc National de la forêt du Day (T)
  81. Le paysage urbain historique de la ville de Djibouti et ses bâtiments spécifiques (T)
  82. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  83. Les Gravures Rupestre d'Abourma (T)
  84. Les Îles Moucha et Maskali (T)
  85. Les paysages naturels de la région d'Obock (T)
  86. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  87. Les tombes de la Basse Selca (T)
  88. Les Tumulus (Awellos) (T)
  89. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  90. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  91. Markovi Kuli (T)
  92. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  93. Médina de Sfax (T)
  94. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  95. Mt. Kumgang and the Historical Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  96. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  97. Mt. Sara National Park (T)
  98. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  99. Nzulezu Stilt Settlement (T)
  100. Oeam Village (T)
  101. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  102. Ouballang ra Ngebedech (Ngebedech Terraces) (T)
  103. Paleontological Sites of Pisco and Camana Basins (T)
  104. Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)
  105. Pella (Modern Tabaqat Fahil) (T)
  106. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  107. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  108. Pont sur la gorge du Salgina (T)
  109. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  110. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  111. Qasr Al-Mushatta (T)
  112. Qasr Bshir (a Roman Castellum) (T)
  113. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  114. Rade de Marseille (T)
  115. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  116. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  117. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  118. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  119. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
  120. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  121. Route of Magellan (T)
  122. Rural Temples of Cusco (T)
  123. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  124. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  125. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  126. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  127. Seoul City Wall (T)
  128. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  129. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  130. Shimal (T)
  131. Sites marquants de la Route de l’Esclave au Bénin (T)
  132. Tet el Bad (Stone Coffin) (T)
  133. The Ancient Capitals of the Kingdom of Tonga (T)
  134. The Burren (T)
  135. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  136. The Coastal Lomas System of Peru (T)
  137. The Cultural Landscape of Dhayah (T)
  138. The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)
  139. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  140. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  141. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  142. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  143. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  144. 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)
  145. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  146. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  147. The pearl trading town of Jazirat Al-Hamra (T)
  148. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  149. The Scotland District of Barbados (T)
  150. The Silver Route (T)
  151. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  152. Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve (T)
  153. Trading town of Julfar (T)
  154. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  155. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Solomon Islands (T)
  156. Umm al-Jimal (T)
  157. Upo Wetland (T)
  158. Valle Calchaquí (T)
  159. Velebit Mountain (T)
  160. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  161. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  162. Vila Viçosa (T)
  163. Village souterrain d'Agongointo-Zoungoudo (T)
  164. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  165. Wadi Wurayah National Park (T)
  166. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)
  167. Wooded meadows (Laelatu, Kalli-Nedrema, Mäepea, Allika, Tagamoisa, Loode, Koiva, Halliste) (T)
  168. Yalong, Tibet (T)
  169. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)
  170. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)