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Ilya Burlak

I only started prioritizing visiting World Heritage sites a few years ago and with my limited US-based corporate-warrior time-off allocation and family obligations I can only add a handful to a dozen in any given year. Looking forward to visiting them all after I am able to retire...

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Vézère Valley 01-Aug-18

Vézère Valley by Ilya Burlak

If you are spending time in the department of Dordogne, it is possible with the right planning to see 3-to-5 locations of this WH site in one day. 

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Works of Antoni Gaudí 20-Nov-17

Works of Antoni Gaudí by Ilya Burlak

I have made multiple visits to the five accessible Gaudí properties in Barcelona over the course of the last 15 years. They are all worth visiting. My personal ranking order is Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell, Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, Palacio Güell.

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Canal du Midi 16-Nov-17

Canal du Midi by Ilya Burlak

One could argue that you can do Canal du Midi justice only by renting a boat to navigate a portion of it. On the other hand, the canal itself is uniformly the same narrow strip of water at any point of its stretch, only the surrounding scenery may vary. Finding myself in Toulouse and having only a couple of hours to spare in August of 2017, I figured I'd stop at a few random points along the canal and call it a reasonable visit.

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Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France 11-Sep-17

Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France by Ilya Burlak

I visited two properties that are part of this serial site in August of 2017 and three more in June of 2018.

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Albi 07-Sep-17

Albi by Ilya Burlak

Albi is an attractive town that does not exactly rise to exceptional, but it is entirely worth a visit just for its cathedral. The huge church (it claims the title of the largest brick building in the world, but I believe that to be suspect) majestically towers above town. Inside, it is most incredibly painted every inch of its surface. Well-structured audioguide (€5 or €7, depending on whether you want to see the treasury or not) suggests that the frescoes never required restoration in centuries since they had been painted.

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Name: Ilya Burlak

Country: USA

Visited WHS: 115

Most Impressive:

Proposal New WHS:

  1. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 5.0
  2. Brugge : 5.0
  3. Budapest : 5.0
  4. Cordoba : 5.0
  5. Costiera Amalfitana : 5.0
  6. Florence : 5.0
  7. Granada : 5.0
  8. Kremlin and Red Square : 5.0
  9. Loire Valley : 5.0
  10. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau : 5.0
  11. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 5.0
  12. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands : 5.0
  13. Prague : 5.0
  14. Ravenna : 5.0
  15. Rome : 5.0
  16. Segovia : 5.0
  17. Siena : 5.0
  18. St. Petersburg : 5.0
  19. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  20. Vienna : 5.0
  21. West Norwegian Fjords : 5.0
  22. Works of Antoni Gaudí : 5.0
  23. Acropolis : 4.5
  24. Assisi : 4.5
  25. Bryggen : 4.5
  26. Cracow : 4.5
  27. Grand Place, Brussels : 4.5
  28. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) : 4.5
  29. Pompei : 4.5
  30. Potsdam : 4.5
  31. San Gimignano : 4.5
  32. Seville : 4.5
  33. Stonehenge : 4.5
  34. Toledo : 4.5
  35. Vatican City : 4.5
  36. Versailles : 4.5
  37. Albi : 4.0
  38. Avignon : 4.0
  39. Botanical Garden, Padua : 4.0
  40. Brú na Bóinne : 4.0
  41. Chartres Cathedral : 4.0
  42. Chichen-Itza : 4.0
  43. Cologne Cathedral : 4.0
  44. Delos : 4.0
  45. Drottningholm : 4.0
  46. Edinburgh : 4.0
  47. Giant's Causeway : 4.0
  48. Gwynedd Castles : 4.0
  49. Kiev : 4.0
  50. Kinderdijk : 4.0
  51. L'viv : 4.0
  52. Rietveld Schröderhuis : 4.0
  53. Roskilde Cathedral : 4.0
  54. Schönbrunn : 4.0
  55. Tower of London : 4.0
  56. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 4.0
  57. Urbino : 4.0
  58. Verona : 4.0
  59. Vicenza : 4.0
  60. Westminster : 4.0
  61. Archaeological Site of Delphi : 3.5
  62. Arles : 3.5
  63. City of Bath : 3.5
  64. El Escurial : 3.5
  65. Ferrara : 3.5
  66. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 3.5
  67. Graz : 3.5
  68. Kronborg Castle : 3.5
  69. La Fortaleza : 3.5
  70. Medici Villas and Gardens : 3.5
  71. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios : 3.5
  72. Mycenae and Tiryns : 3.5
  73. Old City of Berne : 3.5
  74. Pienza : 3.5
  75. Pont du Gard : 3.5
  76. Québec : 3.5
  77. Tarraco : 3.5
  78. Trinity Sergius Lavra : 3.5
  79. Villa d'Este : 3.5
  80. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines : 3.5
  81. Alcala de Henares : 3.0
  82. Belfries : 3.0
  83. Canterbury : 3.0
  84. Fortifications of Vauban : 3.0
  85. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal : 3.0
  86. Kew Gardens : 3.0
  87. Mantua and Sabbioneta : 3.0
  88. Maritime Greenwich : 3.0
  89. Modena : 3.0
  90. Reims : 3.0
  91. San Marino and Mount Titano : 3.0
  92. Statue of Liberty : 3.0
  93. Strasbourg : 3.0
  94. Val d'Orcia : 3.0
  95. Vézère Valley : 3.0
  96. Beemster Polder : 2.5
  97. Forth Bridge : 2.5
  98. Independence Hall : 2.5
  99. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley : 2.5
  100. Major Town Houses : 2.5
  101. New Lanark : 2.5
  102. Novodevichy Convent : 2.5
  103. Poblet Monastery : 2.5
  104. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France : 2.5
  105. Schokland : 2.5
  106. Semmering Railway : 2.5
  107. Skogskyrkogarden : 2.5
  108. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier : 2.5
  109. Wadden Sea : 2.5
  110. Canal du Midi : 2.0
  111. Defence Line of Amsterdam : 2.0
  112. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : 2.0
  113. Van Nellefabriek : 2.0
  114. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin : 1.5
  115. Stoclet House : 1.5