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Gary Arndt

I am currently traveling around the world visiting World Heritage sites. I have been to over 340 UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

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Battir Gary Arndt

Battir by Gary Arndt

The village of Battir is not far from Jerusalem and is right on the Israel/Palestine border. In fact, there are Israeli train tracks which go right past the terraces at the bottom of the hill.

I could not find any organized tours to Battir, which was a shame. Nearby Bethlehem gets most of the attention in the region. That being said, it wasn’t that hard to get to Battir from Bethlehem. I had my tour guide in Bethlehem call a taxi for me which took me to there. It took about 15 minutes and cost about $10.

Battir is a fairly new world heritage site and as such the tourism infrastructure isn’t well developed. There are a few souvenir shops and cafes, but that’s about it.

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Bethlehem Gary Arndt

Bethlehem by Gary Arndt

Traveling to Bethlehem from Jerusalem is not difficult if you are not an Israeli. There are some restrictions when going into the Palestinian Territories, and your van might get searched crossing the border, but dozens of buses and tour groups do this every day and it is quite normal. There are currently no safety issues going to Bethlehem.

Most groups visit the Church of the Nativity and leave. There is more to see in the area including the Milk Grotto and Star Street.

The church is very old. The current building was built in 565 by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Over the centuries there have been many restorations and repairs to the building, including a recent restoration which took place in 2017.

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Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin Gary Arndt

Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin by Gary Arndt

There are several parts of Bet Guvrin which I found fascinating. First, it is one of the only places in Israel where the public can participate in an archaeological dig. There are numerous caverns which were dug under the houses of people in the area which were later used for garbage. Because the artifacts in the garbage were mixed, there are no formal strata that need to be preserved, so they are willing the let the public help out in digging.

Also, all of the caverns were dug by hand and many of them are enormous. They were dug over centuries by just extending the floor of the cavern further down. It is a popular attraction for Israelis but few foreigners bother to visit.

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Bahá’i Holy Places Gary Arndt

Bahá’i Holy Places by Gary Arndt

I have been here twice now, and both times I've had limited access to the gardens in Haifa. Really just bad luck. 

The gardens are beautiful and are one of the top attractions for tourists visiting Haifa. At the top of the gardens, you get a great view of the entire city and the harbor. 

The view from the bottom of the gardens at night is spectacular and it is a great place to eat in the evening as well. 

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Incense Route of the Negev Gary Arndt

Incense Route of the Negev by Gary Arndt

The ruins which currently exist at these sites mostly date back to the crusader era, even though the cities themselves are much older. That is why you will see Christian iconography and other symbols. The towns were part of a network of trading sites which extended from Oman, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel. The Natebean city of Petra was also part of the same trading network.

I visited Avdat and Shivta National Parks, which are pretty easy to reach by car. You could visit all of the sites by car in a day trip from Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv. 

 

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Name: Gary Arndt

Country: USA

Visited WHS: 344

Most Impressive: Skellig Michael

Proposal New WHS:

Update 2018-02-18 18:26:22

  1. Angkor : 5.0
  2. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks : 5.0
  3. Galapagos Islands : 5.0
  4. Grand Canyon : 5.0
  5. Great Barrier Reef : 5.0
  6. Gunung Mulu : 5.0
  7. Iguazu National Park : 5.0
  8. Istanbul : 5.0
  9. Kakadu National Park : 5.0
  10. Lord Howe Island : 5.0
  11. Nahanni National Park : 5.0
  12. Nan Madol : 5.0
  13. Petra : 5.0
  14. Pyramids (Memphis) : 5.0
  15. Rapa Nui : 5.0
  16. Rome : 5.0
  17. Vatican City : 5.0
  18. Victoria Falls : 5.0
  19. Yellowstone : 5.0
  20. Yosemite National Park : 5.0
  21. Lalibela : 4.5
  22. Chaco Culture : 4.0
  23. East Rennell : 4.0
  24. Grimeton Radio Station : 4.0
  25. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump : 4.0
  26. Island of Gorée : 4.0
  27. L'Anse aux Meadows : 4.0
  28. Mesa Verde : 4.0
  29. SGang Gwaay : 4.0
  30. Shark Bay : 4.0
  31. Wood Buffalo National Park : 4.0
  32. Gulf of California : 3.5
  33. Mistaken Point : 3.5
  34. Ningaloo Coast : 3.5
  35. Taos Pueblo : 3.5
  36. Dinosaur Provincial Park : 3.0
  37. Grand Pré : 3.0
  38. Mount Carmel Caves : 3.0
  39. Necropolis of Bet She'arim : 3.0
  40. Poverty Point : 3.0
  41. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station : 3.0
  42. Valletta : 3.0
  43. Melaka and George Town : 2.5
  44. Bahá’i Holy Places : 2.0
  45. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" : 2.0
  46. Beemster Polder : 2.0
  47. Defence Line of Amsterdam : 2.0
  48. Joggins Fossil Cliffs : 2.0
  49. Battir : 1.0
  50. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 1.0
  51. Stari Grad Plain : 1.0
  52. White City of Tel-Aviv : 1.0
  53. Aachen Cathedral
  54. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  55. Acropolis
  56. Agra Fort
  57. Aksum
  58. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  59. Ancient Kyoto
  60. Ancient Nara
  61. Ancient Thebes
  62. Antigua Guatemala
  63. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  64. Auschwitz Birkenau
  65. Australian Convict Sites
  66. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  67. Ayutthaya
  68. Bahla Fort
  69. Bali Subak system
  70. Bamberg
  71. Ban Chiang
  72. Baroque Churches
  73. Bauhaus Sites
  74. Belfries
  75. Belize Barrier Reef
  76. Bethlehem
  77. Biblical Tells
  78. Birka and Hovgarden
  79. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  80. Blenheim Palace
  81. Borobudur
  82. Botanical Garden, Padua
  83. Bourges Cathedral
  84. Boyana Church
  85. Bridgetown
  86. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  87. Brugge
  88. Brú na Bóinne
  89. Budapest
  90. Cahokia Mounds
  91. Canterbury
  92. Cape Floral Region
  93. Carlsbad Caverns
  94. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  95. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  96. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  97. Cesky Krumlov
  98. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  99. Chichen-Itza
  100. Choirokoitia
  101. City of Bath
  102. City of Luxembourg
  103. Classical Weimar
  104. Cologne Cathedral
  105. Copan
  106. Cordoba
  107. Corfu
  108. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  109. Costiera Amalfitana
  110. Cracow
  111. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  112. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  113. Drottningholm
  114. Dubrovnik
  115. Durmitor National Park
  116. Edinburgh
  117. Engelsberg Ironworks
  118. Everglades
  119. Fagus Factory
  120. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  121. Fatehpur Sikri
  122. Ferrara
  123. Flemish Béguinages
  124. Florence
  125. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  126. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  127. Fossil Hominid Sites
  128. Fraser Island
  129. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  130. Garajonay
  131. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  132. Genbaku Dome
  133. Giant's Causeway
  134. Glacier parks
  135. Gondwana Rainforests
  136. Granada
  137. Grand Place, Brussels
  138. Great Smoky Mountains
  139. Greater Blue Mountains
  140. Gros Morne National Park
  141. Guanacaste
  142. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  143. Gwynedd Castles
  144. Gyeongju
  145. Ha Long Bay
  146. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  147. Hawaii Volcanoes
  148. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  149. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  150. Himeji-jo
  151. Historic Cairo
  152. Hoi An
  153. Holasovice
  154. Horyu-ji Area
  155. Humayun's Tomb
  156. Hué
  157. Hwaseong Fortress
  158. Iguacu
  159. Incense Route of the Negev
  160. Independence Hall
  161. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  162. Itsukushima Shrine
  163. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  164. Jongmyo Shrine
  165. Joya de Ceren
  166. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  167. Kew Gardens
  168. Kinabalu Park
  169. Kinderdijk
  170. Kotor
  171. La Fortaleza
  172. La Lonja de la Seda
  173. Le Havre
  174. Liverpool
  175. Los Glaciares
  176. Luang Prabang
  177. Luther Memorials
  178. Lübeck
  179. Macao
  180. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  181. Major Town Houses
  182. Maloti Drakensberg
  183. Mammoth Cave
  184. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  185. Mapungubwe
  186. Margravial Opera House
  187. Maritime Greenwich
  188. Masada
  189. Maulbronn Monastery
  190. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  191. Medina of Marrakesh
  192. Medina of Tétouan
  193. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  194. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  195. Messel Pit
  196. Meteora
  197. Miguasha Park
  198. Modena
  199. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  200. Mont-Saint-Michel
  201. Monticello
  202. Morne Trois Pitons
  203. Mostar
  204. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  205. Muskauer Park
  206. My Son
  207. Namib Sand Sea
  208. Naples
  209. National History Park
  210. New Lanark
  211. Nikko
  212. Nubian Monuments
  213. Ohrid Region
  214. Old City of Acre
  215. Old City of Berne
  216. Old City of Jerusalem
  217. Old Town Lunenburg
  218. Olympic National Park
  219. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  220. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  221. Palmeral of Elche
  222. Paphos
  223. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  224. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  225. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  226. Pitons Management Area
  227. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  228. Plitvice Lakes
  229. Poblet Monastery
  230. Pompei
  231. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  232. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  233. Potsdam
  234. Prague
  235. Prambanan
  236. Preah Vihear Temple
  237. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  238. Primeval Beech Forests
  239. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  240. Purnululu National Park
  241. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  242. Qhapaq Ñan
  243. Quebrada de Humahuaca
  244. Quedlinburg
  245. Quirigua
  246. Quito
  247. Quseir Amra
  248. Qutb Minar
  249. Québec
  250. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  251. Ravenna
  252. Red Fort
  253. Redwood
  254. Regensburg
  255. Reichenau
  256. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  257. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  258. Rideau Canal
  259. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  260. Rjukan / Notodden
  261. Robben Island
  262. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  263. Rock Islands
  264. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  265. Royal Exhibition Building
  266. Royal Palace at Caserta
  267. Saint Catherine Area
  268. San Antonio Missions
  269. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  270. San Gimignano
  271. San Marino and Mount Titano
  272. Sangiran Early Man Site
  273. Santo Domingo
  274. Sceilg Mhichíl
  275. Schokland
  276. Schönbrunn
  277. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  278. Seville
  279. Sian Ka'an
  280. Siena
  281. Sighisoara
  282. Silk Roads
  283. Skogskyrkogarden
  284. Speyer Cathedral
  285. Split
  286. St. George, Bermuda
  287. Statue of Liberty
  288. Stećci
  289. Stoclet House
  290. Stonehenge
  291. Stralsund and Wismar
  292. Sukhothai
  293. Sydney Opera House
  294. Taj Mahal
  295. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves
  296. Tarraco
  297. Tasmanian Wilderness
  298. Te Wahipounamu
  299. Teide National Park
  300. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  301. Thingvellir
  302. Tikal National Park
  303. Tlacotalpan
  304. Tongariro National Park
  305. Tower of London
  306. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  307. Trier
  308. Trogir
  309. Twyfelfontein
  310. Uluru
  311. Um er-Rasas
  312. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  313. Vall de Boi
  314. Van Nellefabriek
  315. Venetian Works of Defence
  316. Venice and its Lagoon
  317. Verona
  318. Versailles
  319. Vicenza
  320. Vienna
  321. Vigan
  322. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  323. Villa d'Este
  324. Villages with Fortified Churches
  325. Vizcaya Bridge
  326. Vredefort Dome
  327. Völklingen Ironworks
  328. Wadden Sea
  329. Wadi Rum
  330. Warsaw
  331. Wartburg Castle
  332. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  333. Westminster
  334. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  335. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  336. Willandra Lakes
  337. Willemstad
  338. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  339. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  340. Würzburg Residence
  341. Yakushima
  342. Zollverein
  343. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  344. Úbeda and Baeza