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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: 124

Most Impressive: Amalfi Coast

Proposal New WHS: Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion

Update 2018-05-19 07:14:52

  1. Oporto : 5.0
  2. Acropolis
  3. Alto Douro
  4. Amphitheater of El Jem
  5. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  6. Angkor
  7. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  8. Auschwitz Birkenau
  9. Ayutthaya
  10. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  11. Belize Barrier Reef
  12. Berat and Gjirokastra
  13. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  14. Bethlehem
  15. Bordeaux
  16. Boyana Church
  17. Brú na Bóinne
  18. Budapest
  19. Butrint
  20. Cahokia Mounds
  21. Chichen-Itza
  22. Choirokoitia
  23. Churches of Moldavia
  24. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  25. Colonia del Sacramento
  26. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  27. Costiera Amalfitana
  28. Cracow
  29. Dougga/Thugga
  30. Elvas
  31. Epidaurus
  32. Everglades
  33. Evora
  34. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  35. Giant's Causeway
  36. Gobustan Rock Art
  37. Grand Place, Brussels
  38. Guimarães
  39. Ha Long Bay
  40. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  41. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  42. Heritage of Mercury
  43. Ichkeul National Park
  44. Independence Hall
  45. Istanbul
  46. Kairouan
  47. Kerkuane
  48. Kiev
  49. Kotor
  50. La Fortaleza
  51. La Lonja de la Seda
  52. Luang Prabang
  53. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  54. Medina of Sousse
  55. Medina of Tunis
  56. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  57. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  58. Melaka and George Town
  59. Meteora
  60. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  61. Monastery of Alcobaça
  62. Monastery of Batalha
  63. Monastery of Horezu
  64. Monticello
  65. Mostar
  66. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  67. Mycenae and Tiryns
  68. Ohrid Region
  69. Old City of Jerusalem
  70. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  71. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  72. Paphos
  73. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  74. Petra
  75. Pirin National Park
  76. Pompei
  77. Potsdam
  78. Preah Vihear Temple
  79. Quito
  80. Quseir Amra
  81. Rhodes
  82. Rila Monastery
  83. Rio de Janeiro
  84. Rome
  85. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  86. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  87. Saint-Emilion
  88. Salzburg
  89. Sambor Prei Kuk
  90. San Antonio Missions
  91. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  92. Santiago de Compostela
  93. Schönbrunn
  94. Sighisoara
  95. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  96. Sintra
  97. Site of Carthage
  98. Skocjan Caves
  99. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  100. Statue of Liberty
  101. Stećci
  102. Stonehenge
  103. Struve Geodetic Arc
  104. Studenica Monastery
  105. Sukhothai
  106. Taos Pueblo
  107. Thang Long
  108. Thingvellir
  109. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  110. Tower of London
  111. Trang An
  112. Um er-Rasas
  113. University of Coimbra
  114. Valletta
  115. Vatican City
  116. Venice and its Lagoon
  117. Versailles
  118. Vienna
  119. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  120. Wadi Rum
  121. Walled City of Baku
  122. Westminster
  123. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  124. Works of Antoni Gaudí