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Currently living in Germany, I travel as much as I can visiting as many world heritage sites as possible. Please visit my website at

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Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T) 08-Dec-11

I just got back from a weekend jaunt to Moldova. As previously mentioned, this small country sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine gets few visitors, although, I think the country is actively trying to change this. To get there, we just rented a car for the day which was relatively inexpensive. The area surrounding Orhei is famous for its codrii or old growth forest. The site is located just off the Raut river and it was a very pretty area, even though it was winter and the trees and fields were bare. The limestone and shell cliffs where the monastery is located is pretty spectacular. Entering the 600 year old Pestere Monastaire, the air immediately became hot and humid, the stairs were dark, and it gave the cave a relative feeling of mystery. The monastery itself is one of the most impressing little sites I've ever visited. Only a couple of monks reside there presently, and they were busy at work cleaning the pulpit. We were shown the old monks' cells, the earthquake crack, the stone "balcony" and really enjoyed the history from the head monk. I'm not sure how long the country can maintain the sanctity of this spot, since it is touted as the most important in the country. I hope it is soon inscribed and awarded some funds to try and keep it as much the same as possible. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Moldova, stop by and definitely head to Orheiul Vechi. It really is worth the trip. To read more on Moldova and see plenty of photos, please go to my website at

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Divrigi 07-Nov-11

Divrigi is about 600 kilometers from Ankara, so it takes a little while to get there by car. I'm sure you can get there by bus, but it would be quite a long haul. The town of Divrigi is a small village perched on a hillside and the fall was the perfect time to go. I will say the signage to teh Mosque and hospital complex was a little lacking, but it is a small town, so we did find it. Using the word "complex", I expected a larger area then the one building that housed both of the facilities. The outside of the building is pretty non-descript until you get up close to the doors. There were so many carvings and it was so intricately done. They were gorgeous! The first part is the mental hospital, and going inside there are carved columns and a few tombs. Next door was the mosque and it is very much in use today, so it's best to stay away during prayer times. There was no cost to enter this site, but there was a small tea kiosk inside the walls. We felt obligated to buy a cup of tea and watch the visitors that came. There was only one other foreigner there, a European. I wouldn't say this was one of the most interesting World Heritage Sites in Turkey, but I probably would not have made the effort to go otherwise, and honestly that would have been dissappointing, because I had not seen any other mosques decorated in that fashion. If you have some time to kill, and especially if you don't mind renting a car and driving, I would try to do this site. To see some photos and read more about Turkey, please visit my website at .

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Thracian tomb of Kazanlak 24-Oct-11

The Thracian Tomb in Kazanluk, can be one of the most frustrating WHS sites to visit due to the Bulgarian government really trying to preserve the tomb. We arrived first thing in the morning on a rainy, misty day which is perfect when visiting cemetaries or tombs, and we immediately paid our fee. We looked around the museum, and then walked into the tomb's replica which is a very small area, so it did not take long. I was very dissappointed, and had heard that sometimes the officials will let you in the real tomb. I asked, they made me pay another fee (20 leva) and then they made us cover our clothes with a lab coat, and our feet with booties to go into the real thing. Not surprisingly, the "fake" was indeed an exact replica and it did look exactly like the original. I don't think this is the most impressive WHS site in Bulgaria, but the story of the tomb is interesting and the frescoes are gorgeous. To read more about our visit, please visit our website at: .

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Alahan Monastery (T) 17-Oct-11

I have visited Alahan a number of times. I drive on the road pretty much right past it when I go from Ankara to the Meditteranean coast, which is as often as I can. Alahan sits majestically on the side of a mountain, and even the parking lot is perched somewhat precariously on it. I love walking around the ruins and taking note of all the carvings and details that Alahan holds. I have never run into other tourists there, and the guard doesn't even stay there since there are so few visitors. I do believe it should be inscribed. It's gorgeous. You can read more about Alahan at my website:

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Name: Corinne Vail

Country: USA

Visited WHS: 278

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Update 1969-12-31

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abu Mena
  3. Acropolis
  4. Agra Fort
  5. Al Zubarah
  6. Alcala de Henares
  7. Amiens Cathedral
  8. Amphitheater of El Jem
  9. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  10. Ancient Kyoto
  11. Ancient Nara
  12. Ancient Thebes
  13. Angkor
  14. Anuradhapura
  15. Aranjuez
  16. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  17. Arles
  18. Auschwitz Birkenau
  19. Avignon
  20. Avila
  21. Ayutthaya
  22. Bahá’i Holy Places
  23. Bamberg
  24. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  25. Baroque Churches
  26. Belem
  27. Biblical Tells
  28. Boyana Church
  29. Brugge
  30. Budapest
  31. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  32. Caceres
  33. Cahokia Mounds
  34. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  35. Canal du Midi
  36. Canterbury
  37. Cape Floral Region
  38. Carlsbad Caverns
  39. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  40. Centennial Hall
  41. Central Highlands
  42. Cesky Krumlov
  43. Champagne
  44. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  45. Chartres Cathedral
  46. Choirokoitia
  47. Churches of Peace
  48. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  49. City of Bath
  50. City of Luxembourg
  51. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  52. Cologne Cathedral
  53. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  54. Cordoba
  55. Costiera Amalfitana
  56. Cracow
  57. Cuzco
  58. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  59. Divrigi
  60. Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens
  61. Dolomites
  62. Donana National Park
  63. Dougga/Thugga
  64. Dubrovnik
  65. Edinburgh
  66. Ephesus
  67. Evora
  68. Florence
  69. Fortifications of Vauban
  70. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  71. Fraser Island
  72. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  73. Galapagos Islands
  74. Giant's Causeway
  75. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  76. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  77. Granada
  78. Grand Canyon
  79. Grand Place, Brussels
  80. Graz
  81. Great Barrier Reef
  82. Great Smoky Mountains
  83. Guimarães
  84. Gyeongju
  85. Göreme NP
  86. Haeinsa Temple
  87. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  88. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  89. Hattusha
  90. Hawaii Volcanoes
  91. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  92. Heritage of Mercury
  93. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  94. Historic Cairo
  95. Hoi An
  96. Holasovice
  97. Humayun's Tomb
  98. Hué
  99. Hwaseong Fortress
  100. Ibiza
  101. Ichkeul National Park
  102. Imperial Palace
  103. Imperial Tombs
  104. Incense Route of the Negev
  105. Independence Hall
  106. Istanbul
  107. Jeju
  108. Jelling
  109. Jongmyo Shrine
  110. Kairouan
  111. Kandy
  112. Kerkuane
  113. Kinabalu Park
  114. Kinderdijk
  115. Komodo National Park
  116. Kotor
  117. Kremlin and Red Square
  118. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  119. Lima
  120. Loire Valley
  121. Lübeck
  122. Machu Picchu
  123. Madara Rider
  124. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  125. Margravial Opera House
  126. Maritime Greenwich
  127. Masada
  128. Matera
  129. Maulbronn Monastery
  130. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  131. Medina of Essaouira
  132. Medina of Fez
  133. Medina of Marrakesh
  134. Medina of Sousse
  135. Medina of Tunis
  136. Medina of Tétouan
  137. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  138. Meknes
  139. Meteora
  140. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  141. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  142. Monastery of Batalha
  143. Mont-Saint-Michel
  144. Mostar
  145. Mount Carmel Caves
  146. Mount Etna
  147. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  148. My Son
  149. Mérida
  150. Nancy
  151. Naples
  152. Nemrut Dag
  153. Nessebar
  154. Nikko
  155. Novodevichy Convent
  156. Nubian Monuments
  157. Okavango Delta
  158. Old City of Acre
  159. Old City of Berne
  160. Old City of Jerusalem
  161. Old Town of Galle
  162. Olympic National Park
  163. Oporto
  164. Orange
  165. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  166. Paphos
  167. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  168. Pergamon
  169. Petra
  170. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  171. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  172. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  173. Plitvice Lakes
  174. Poblet Monastery
  175. Polonnaruva
  176. Pompei
  177. Pont du Gard
  178. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  179. Potala Palace
  180. Potsdam
  181. Prague
  182. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  183. Pyramids (Memphis)
  184. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  185. Quedlinburg
  186. Quseir Amra
  187. Qutb Minar
  188. Québec
  189. Rabat
  190. Rapa Nui
  191. Ravenna
  192. Red Fort
  193. Regensburg
  194. Reims
  195. Rhodes
  196. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  197. Riga
  198. Rila Monastery
  199. Robben Island
  200. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  201. Roman Walls of Lugo
  202. Rome
  203. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  204. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  205. Royal Exhibition Building
  206. Safranbolu
  207. Salamanca
  208. Salzburg
  209. San Antonio Missions
  210. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  211. Santiago de Compostela
  212. Schönbrunn
  213. Segovia
  214. Selimiye Mosque
  215. Semmering Railway
  216. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  217. Serra de Tramuntana
  218. Seville
  219. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  220. Sighisoara
  221. Sigiriya
  222. Sintra
  223. Site of Carthage
  224. Skocjan Caves
  225. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  226. Split
  227. St. Petersburg
  228. Statue of Liberty
  229. Stonehenge
  230. Strasbourg
  231. Summer Palace
  232. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  233. Taj Mahal
  234. Taos Pueblo
  235. Te Wahipounamu
  236. Temple of Heaven
  237. Teotihuacan
  238. The trulli of Alberobello
  239. Thessalonika
  240. Thingvellir
  241. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  242. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  243. Toledo
  244. Tower of Hercules
  245. Tower of London
  246. Trier
  247. Trogir
  248. Troy
  249. Tsodilo
  250. Um er-Rasas
  251. University of Coimbra
  252. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  253. Valletta
  254. Valparaiso
  255. Vatican City
  256. Venice and its Lagoon
  257. Verona
  258. Versailles
  259. Vicenza
  260. Victoria Falls
  261. Vienna
  262. Villages with Fortified Churches
  263. Vilnius
  264. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  265. Volubilis
  266. Wadi Rum
  267. Wartburg Castle
  268. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  269. Westminster
  270. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  271. White City of Tel-Aviv
  272. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  273. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  274. Würzburg Residence
  275. Xanthos-Letoon
  276. Yellowstone
  277. Yosemite National Park
  278. Çatalhöyük