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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

Petra by History Fangirl

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

Mycenae and Tiryns by History Fangirl

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

San Antonio Missions by History Fangirl

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

Rome by History Fangirl

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

Gamzigrad-Romuliana by History Fangirl

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.

If you're in Belgrade, it's a three hour drive on a very open highway (not a small mountain highway like you get in western Serbia).

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Name: History Fangirl

Country: United States

Visited WHS: 108

Most Impressive: Amalfi Coast

Proposal New WHS: Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion

Update 2018-02-22 15:58:18

  1. Acropolis
  2. Amphitheater of El Jem
  3. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  4. Angkor
  5. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  6. Auschwitz Birkenau
  7. Ayutthaya
  8. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  9. Belize Barrier Reef
  10. Berat and Gjirokastra
  11. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  12. Bethlehem
  13. Bordeaux
  14. Boyana Church
  15. Brú na Bóinne
  16. Budapest
  17. Butrint
  18. Cahokia Mounds
  19. Chichen-Itza
  20. Choirokoitia
  21. Churches of Moldavia
  22. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  23. Colonia del Sacramento
  24. Costiera Amalfitana
  25. Cracow
  26. Dougga/Thugga
  27. Epidaurus
  28. Everglades
  29. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  30. Giant's Causeway
  31. Grand Place, Brussels
  32. Ha Long Bay
  33. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  34. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  35. Heritage of Mercury
  36. Ichkeul National Park
  37. Independence Hall
  38. Istanbul
  39. Kairouan
  40. Kerkuane
  41. Kiev
  42. Kotor
  43. La Fortaleza
  44. Luang Prabang
  45. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  46. Medina of Sousse
  47. Medina of Tunis
  48. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  49. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  50. Melaka and George Town
  51. Meteora
  52. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  53. Monastery of Horezu
  54. Monticello
  55. Mostar
  56. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  57. Mycenae and Tiryns
  58. Ohrid Region
  59. Old City of Jerusalem
  60. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  61. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  62. Paphos
  63. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  64. Petra
  65. Pirin National Park
  66. Pompei
  67. Potsdam
  68. Preah Vihear Temple
  69. Quito
  70. Quseir Amra
  71. Rila Monastery
  72. Rio de Janeiro
  73. Rome
  74. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  75. Saint-Emilion
  76. Salzburg
  77. Sambor Prei Kuk
  78. San Antonio Missions
  79. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  80. Schönbrunn
  81. Sighisoara
  82. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  83. Site of Carthage
  84. Skocjan Caves
  85. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  86. Statue of Liberty
  87. Stećci
  88. Stonehenge
  89. Struve Geodetic Arc
  90. Studenica Monastery
  91. Sukhothai
  92. Taos Pueblo
  93. Thang Long
  94. Thingvellir
  95. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  96. Tower of London
  97. Trang An
  98. Um er-Rasas
  99. Valletta
  100. Vatican City
  101. Venice and its Lagoon
  102. Versailles
  103. Vienna
  104. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  105. Wadi Rum
  106. Westminster
  107. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  108. Works of Antoni Gaudí