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Jodrell Bank Observatory

Daniel Chazad Germany - 19-Nov-19

Jodrell Bank Observatory

I think this site deserves its world heritage status and it surely fills a WHS niche. It is not the oldest radio telescope in the world but one of the oldest "bigger ones" as far as I could find out. Personally, I find the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which is four times bigger in diameter (and six years younger), more impressive. A cross-national nomination would have made sense in my opinion (well played, UK!).

What I did not like so much was the fact that the site's management has made the WH listed smaller Mark II Telescope completely off limits to the public. I understand that astrophysics research is still carried out by the University of Manchester but allowing visitors a closer look and operating such a site would not exclude each other. Nowadays, to have a closer look on the Lovell Telescope, the main one, the visitor has to pay at least 7.65 GBP entrance fee for an adult, plus 4.00 GBP for a parking ticket

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Daniel Chazad Germany - 09-Oct-19


Stunning place!

I visited Meteora on a Friday in early October 2019. After a night and morning of heavy rainfall, the air was clear, allowing for some great views. The WHS fulfills five of the ten selection criteria, both cultural and natural. And indeed the monasteries are architectural and technological masterpieces of human creative genius in an area of exceptional natural beauty.

One should beat the (bus) crowds by arriving here early. I highly recommend staying in the area for one or two nights (Kastraki is nicer than Kalampaka, and even the locals go to Kastraki for dining). And I would avoid the peak season in summer. Parking is free but quite limited given the huge crowds. The monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen’s have the most parking spots.

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Daniel Chazad Germany - 29-Jun-18


I visited Himeji-jō on a half-day trip from Kōbe in early 2017. Trains from Kōbe and Ōsaka are fast and frequent, and from Himeji station, one can easily walk towards the castle. The shiny white castle overlooks the uneventful city and is surrounded by a water-filled moat. Kōko-en Garden is just west of the castle and a nice place to spend half an hour. The ticket price for the castle was 1,000 JPY (1,040 JPY with the garden). After removing your shoes, the castle can be entered and the upper floors climbed. In the colder season, visitors should put on the offered slippers as the wooden floorboards turn freezing cold. I have visited a handful of Japanese castles and found Himeji-jō to be the most beautiful.

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Colonia del Sacramento

Daniel Chazad Germany - 28-Feb-18

Colonia del Sacramento

What Colonia del Sacramento lacks in single sights it makes up for atmosphere. You can climb the lighthouse, visit a small Basílica and walk along the Muelle de Puerto de Yates but what will remain are general memories of a picturesque, laid back and ageing townscape.

Overall well worth the detour from Buenos Aires (with the Buquebus ferry) or Montevideo.

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Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution

Daniel Chazad Germany - 27-Feb-18

Sites of Japan

I can only speak for the sites in and around Nagasaki, but what I saw was fascinating.

On a sunny December day, I started with a tour of Glover Garden, which offers great views over Nagasaki and has some historic buildings from the early Meiji period, including the listed Glover House and Office.

The highlight of my visit was definitely the boat tour to Hashima Island (Gunkanjima), a truly weird place, different from anything else I have seen so far. I chose Gunkanjima Cruise for the tour and was satisfied with them. Their ferry “Black Diamond” departs from Motohuna pier, located between Nagasaki station and the Youme Town Yumesaito shopping mall. The boat ride offers some nice views of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard, crane and dry dock on the Western side of Nagasaki port and the Kosuge Slip Dock on the Eastern side (all part of the WHS)

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Update 09.08.20
Rating Stats
Rome 5
Cuzco 4.5
Dolomites 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Istanbul 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Prague 4.5
Siena 4.5
Uluru 4.5
Brugge 4
Kotor 4
Masada 4
Matera 4
Nikko 4
Sintra 4
Split 4
Toledo 4
Verona 4
Vienna 4
Aquileia 3.5
Arles 3.5
Avila 3.5
Ayutthaya 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Fujisan 3.5
Himeji-jo 3.5
Kyiv 3.5
Lübeck 3.5
Mtskheta 3.5
Naples 3.5
Oporto 3.5
Reichenau 3.5
Telc 3.5
Torun 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Albi 3
Belem 3
Corfu 3
Evora 3
Lyon 3
Macao 3
Riga 3
Trier 3
Trogir 3
Aranjuez 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Graz 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Lima 2.5
Liverpool 2.5
Orange 2.5
Saltaire 2.5
Tarraco 2.5
Vicenza 2.5
Warsaw 2.5
West Lake 2.5
Corvey 2
Trebic 2
Al Ain 1.5
Schokland 1.5
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ananuri (T)
  4. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  5. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  6. Bet She'an (T)
  7. Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  10. Central Park (T)
  11. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  12. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  13. City of Motovun (T)
  14. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  15. Creswell Crags (T)
  16. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  17. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  18. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  19. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (T)
  20. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  21. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  22. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  23. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  24. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  25. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  26. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" (T)
  27. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  28. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  29. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  30. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  31. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  32. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  33. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  34. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  35. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  36. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  37. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  38. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  39. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  40. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  41. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  42. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  43. Île de Djerba (T)
  44. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  45. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  46. Jerusalem (T)
  47. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  48. Khor Dubai (T)
  49. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  50. Kyiv: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (T)
  51. La Camargue (T)
  52. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  53. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  54. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  55. Le plateau des Hautes-Fagnes (T)
  56. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  57. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  58. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise (T)
  59. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  60. Liberation Heritage Route (T)
  61. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  62. Makhteshim Country (T)
  63. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  64. Mid-Atlantic Ridge (T)
  65. Moler landscapes of the Liim Fiord (T)
  66. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  67. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  68. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  69. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  70. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  71. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  72. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  73. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  74. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt (T)
  75. Old Wastewater Treatment Plant in Prague-Bubeneč (T)
  76. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  77. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  78. Pelagos: The Cetacean Sanctuary (T)
  79. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  80. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  81. Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre (T)
  82. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  83. Rade de Marseille (T)
  84. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  85. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  86. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  87. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  88. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  89. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  90. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  91. Seoul City Wall (T)
  92. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  93. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  94. Sites of Globalization (T)
  95. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  96. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  97. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  98. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  99. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  100. The city of Bergamo (T)
  101. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  102. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  103. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  104. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  105. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse (T)
  106. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley (T)
  107. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  108. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  109. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  110. The Royal Sites of Ireland (T)
  111. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  112. The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (T)
  113. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  114. The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic – Heritage of the First World War (T)
  115. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  116. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  117. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  118. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  119. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  120. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  121. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  122. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Reviewed TWHS

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Bagan
  2. Chernobyl
  3. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  4. Drift Passes of Rangiroa, French Polynesia
  5. Dzongs of Bhutan
  6. Ephesus
  7. Klondike and the Gold Rush Trails
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. Neuschwanstein Castle
  11. Okavango Delta
  12. Ross Island
  13. Salisbury Plains, Grytviken
  14. Shwedagon Pagoda
  15. Svalbard
  16. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
  17. Torres del Paine National Park
  18. Transiberian Railway
  19. Varanasi
  20. Vatnajökull National Park

Top 200 WHS

  1. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  2. Hawaii Volcanoes
  3. Isole Eolie
  4. L'Anse aux Meadows
  5. Cordoba
  6. Split
  7. Toledo
  8. Prague
  9. Sana'a
  10. Old City of Jerusalem
  11. Rome
  12. Istanbul
  13. Venice and its Lagoon
  14. Grand Canal
  15. Qhapaq Ñan
  16. Angkor
  17. Cueva de las Manos
  18. Everglades
  19. Iguacu
  20. Victoria Falls
  21. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  22. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  23. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  24. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  25. Stonehenge
  26. Taos Pueblo
  27. Chichen-Itza
  28. Tikal National Park
  29. Teotihuacan
  30. Val di Noto
  31. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  32. St. Petersburg
  33. Florence
  34. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  35. Site of Carthage
  36. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  37. Versailles
  38. Rapa Nui
  39. Palmyra
  40. Nemrut Dag
  41. Petra
  42. Persepolis
  43. Dolomites
  44. Great Himalayan National Park
  45. Machu Picchu
  46. Kilimanjaro National Park
  47. Sagarmatha National Park
  48. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  49. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  50. Great Wall
  51. Gwynedd Castles
  52. Genbaku Dome
  53. Auschwitz Birkenau
  54. Vilnius
  55. Kotor
  56. Avila
  57. Avignon
  58. Arab-Norman Palermo
  59. San Gimignano
  60. Cesky Krumlov
  61. Upper Svaneti
  62. Budapest
  63. Brugge
  64. Dubrovnik
  65. Granada
  66. Siena
  67. Liverpool
  68. Angra do Heroismo
  69. Wadden Sea
  70. Ningaloo Coast
  71. Great Barrier Reef
  72. Cuzco
  73. Ha Long Bay
  74. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  75. Fraser Island
  76. Nikko
  77. Huangshan
  78. Hampi
  79. Prambanan
  80. Gros Morne National Park
  81. Los Glaciares
  82. Te Wahipounamu
  83. Ilulissat Icefjord
  84. Yosemite National Park
  85. Glacier parks
  86. Gondwana Rainforests
  87. Yakushima
  88. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  89. Tasmanian Wilderness
  90. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  91. Redwood
  92. Vallée de Mai
  93. Kinabalu Park
  94. Cape Floral Region
  95. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  96. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  97. Serengeti
  98. Ngorongoro
  99. Yellowstone
  100. Galapagos Islands
  101. Ancient Nara
  102. Ancient Kyoto
  103. Völklingen Ironworks
  104. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  105. Nahanni National Park
  106. Grand Canyon
  107. Nubian Monuments
  108. Ancient Thebes
  109. Bauhaus Sites
  110. Jantar Mantar
  111. Olympic National Park
  112. Lorentz National Park
  113. Virunga National Park
  114. Namib Sand Sea
  115. Tongariro National Park
  116. Fujisan
  117. Val d'Orcia
  118. Rio de Janeiro
  119. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  120. Loire Valley
  121. Costiera Amalfitana
  122. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  123. Uluru
  124. Persian Garden
  125. Wadi Rum
  126. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  127. Sintra
  128. Thingvellir
  129. Old Havana
  130. Arequipa
  131. Salvador de Bahia
  132. Antigua Guatemala
  133. Quito
  134. Potosi
  135. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  136. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  137. Kinderdijk
  138. Kremlin and Red Square
  139. Popocatepetl monasteries
  140. Monastery of Geghard
  141. Villages with Fortified Churches
  142. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  143. Boyana Church
  144. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  145. Baroque Churches
  146. Urnes Stave Church
  147. Kyiv
  148. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  149. Abu Mena
  150. Rila Monastery
  151. Assisi
  152. Churches of Chiloé
  153. Mtskheta
  154. Flemish Béguinages
  155. Sceilg Mhichíl
  156. Mount Athos
  157. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  158. Mont-Saint-Michel
  159. Vatican City
  160. Meteora
  161. Ravenna
  162. Bethlehem
  163. Kizhi Pogost
  164. Lalibela
  165. Aachen Cathedral
  166. Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  167. Göreme NP
  168. Sammallahdenmäki
  169. Taj Mahal
  170. Pyramids (Memphis)
  171. Haeinsa Temple
  172. Kii Mountain Range
  173. Borobudur
  174. Potala Palace
  175. Bahá’i Holy Places
  176. Xidi and Hongcun
  177. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  178. Kathmandu Valley
  179. Ping Yao
  180. Tabriz Bazaar
  181. Medina of Fez
  182. Medina of Marrakesh
  183. Damascus
  184. Aleppo
  185. Arles
  186. Syracuse
  187. Aquileia
  188. Tower of Hercules
  189. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  190. Leptis Magna
  191. Baalbek
  192. Pompei
  193. Villa Romana del Casale
  194. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  195. Agrigento
  196. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  197. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou