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My name is Stephanie Craig, and I am a history and travel blogger. I write about history and travel at History Fangirl.

I love UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I started seeking them out specifically in January, 2016.

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Petra

History Fangirl United States - 11-Sep-17

Petra

I visited Pera at the end of March, and spent a day and a half exploring the site.

Some tips:

-wear closed toed shoes! So many little pebbles got in my shoes.

-it's much larger than it seems from the outside. Give yourself all day.

-Petra at night isn't super exciting, but it is beautiful

-Bring water!

Here's the post on my website with an interview from Jane Taylor, author of "Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans:"

Discovering the Lost City of Petra

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Mycenae and Tiryns

History Fangirl United States - 10-Sep-17

Mycenae and Tiryns

I visited Mycenae in October of 2016. I went on a day tour from Athens that went to Epidaurus in the morning and Mycenae in the afternoon. I don't think this was enough time for the site, as I had to skip the museum and didn't get to see Tiryns. I would recommend giving Mycenae and Tiryns a full day if you have the time.

My favorite part of the visit was climbing to the top of the Citadel and seeing out across the countryside.

I recently did an interview with John Bennet from the British School at Athens. He works on Mycenae and has a lot of interesting information about how they choose to do future archeological digs and how it was rediscovered as an archaeological site in the 19th century. The interview is here:

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San Antonio Missions

History Fangirl United States - 27-Aug-17

San Antonio Missions

Technically this was the first UNESCO site I ever visited, on a road trip when I was 8. However, I barely remember it, and it wasn't inscribed until 2015, so I was happy to get the chance to revisit last week and also see the rest of the missions.

I went to all five missions in about 5 hours, using a rental car to get from place to place. I was pleased to have the vehicle since it was blazing hot. Having grown up in Oklahoma, I've been to southern Texas approximately one million times, but I am never mentally prepared for the heat.

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Rome

History Fangirl United States - 15-Aug-17

Rome

I've been to the parts of Rome that comprise this UNESCO site twice-back in 2011 and in 2014. There's nothing quite like sitting in a taxi, heading into Rome for the first time, and rounding the corner to see the ruins of the Forum.

Today the remains are mostly a jumble of what was rescued from archeological digs. Many of the main sites were covered in 20-30 feet of dirt and debris until the 19th century.

It's been a while since I've been, so I don't have great practical tips. However, here's the interview I just conducted about the Roman Forum that goes much deeper into its history: The Roman Forum.

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Gamzigrad-Romuliana

History Fangirl United States - 26-Jul-17

Gamzigrad-Romuliana

I went to Gamzigrad-Romuliana on Thursday of last week (late July). I don't know if I would recommend Serbia in high summer, as it was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit most days. But the site itself was beautiful.

I was staying in Belgrade, and hired a driver to take me to the site instead of staying locally for the day.

The ruins themselves were beautiful. Not as spectacular as other ancient Roman sites, but Magura hill (where Galerius and Romula underwent apotheosis to become gods), was beautiful and interesting.

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Amalfi Coast
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Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion

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  2. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  3. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  4. Baptism Site “Eshria’a” (Al-Maghtas) (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Central Balkan National Park (T)
  7. Central Park (T)
  8. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  9. Civil Rights Movement Sites (T)
  10. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  11. Ellis Island (T)
  12. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  13. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  14. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  15. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  16. Jerusalem (T)
  17. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  18. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  19. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  20. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  21. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  22. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  23. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  24. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  25. Ordubad historical and architectural reserve (T)
  26. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  27. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  28. Sheki, the Khan's Palace (T)
  29. Surakhany, Atashgyakh (Fire - worshippers, temple - museum at Surakhany) (T)
  30. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  31. The Burren (T)
  32. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  33. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  34. The mausoleum of Nakhinchevan (T)
  35. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  36. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  37. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)
  38. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  39. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  40. Western Stone Forts (T)

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