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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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Works of Antoni Gaudí Ilya Burlak

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.

Only the Nativity façade and the crypt of Sagrada Familia are part of the WH designation, being the only components of the church largely completed during Gaudí's lifetime. You can actually admire the façade from the sidewalk of Carrer de la Marina. But the church is so unique and incomparable both in its exterior and its interior that no visit to Barcelona can be considered complete without stepping inside for an extended look.

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Canal du Midi Ilya Burlak

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.

The first stop was in the center of Toulouse, between Boulevard des Minimes and Boulevard Matabiau. The canal there looks like any stream in an urban setting, nothing too exceptional.

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Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France Ilya Burlak

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.

In an otherwise nondescript Rabastens, Notre-Dame-du-Bourg may end up as the first impression that is impossible to beat. The exterior is stately enough, but the interior is simply dazzling. Most vivid colorful frescoes, brilliant stained glass, every little detail is just impossible to take your eyes off. Some parts of the walls are in need of restoration; there was a local conservation worker examining those throughout my visit. The out-of-the-way nature of this church was underscored by the fact that the custodian and I were the only people inside the church for over half an hour. The place was definitely worth the time.

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Albi Ilya Burlak

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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Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin Ilya Burlak

Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin by Ilya Burlak

I only have a sample size of one, but I suspect that only a small portion of the locations that comprise this WHS offer any rock art that is worth the effort to see. The easy rule of thumb should be that if searching the internet does not yield explicit mention or photos of discernible rock art in a given location, it probably has little-to-none.

I went to see Pedra de les Orenetes because it is located not far from my recent base on Costa Brava. It turned out to be quite accessible: If you park in a dead end at the edge of Urb. La Pineda in El Bosc de Ruscalleda, it will take you only 15-20 minutes of walking on the relatively flat Ruta Prehistorica to reach Pedra.

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Name: Ilya Burlak

Country: USA

Visited WHS: 108

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Update 2018-03-29 11:13:03

  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. Assisi : 4.5
  24. Bryggen : 4.5
  25. Cracow : 4.5
  26. Grand Place, Brussels : 4.5
  27. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) : 4.5
  28. Pompei : 4.5
  29. Potsdam : 4.5
  30. San Gimignano : 4.5
  31. Seville : 4.5
  32. Stonehenge : 4.5
  33. Toledo : 4.5
  34. Vatican City : 4.5
  35. Versailles : 4.5
  36. Albi : 4.0
  37. Avignon : 4.0
  38. Botanical Garden, Padua : 4.0
  39. Brú na Bóinne : 4.0
  40. Chartres Cathedral : 4.0
  41. Chichen-Itza : 4.0
  42. Cologne Cathedral : 4.0
  43. Drottningholm : 4.0
  44. Edinburgh : 4.0
  45. Giant's Causeway : 4.0
  46. Gwynedd Castles : 4.0
  47. Kiev : 4.0
  48. Kinderdijk : 4.0
  49. L'viv : 4.0
  50. Rietveld Schröderhuis : 4.0
  51. Roskilde Cathedral : 4.0
  52. Schönbrunn : 4.0
  53. Tower of London : 4.0
  54. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 4.0
  55. Urbino : 4.0
  56. Verona : 4.0
  57. Vicenza : 4.0
  58. Westminster : 4.0
  59. Arles : 3.5
  60. City of Bath : 3.5
  61. El Escurial : 3.5
  62. Ferrara : 3.5
  63. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 3.5
  64. Graz : 3.5
  65. Kronborg Castle : 3.5
  66. La Fortaleza : 3.5
  67. Medici Villas and Gardens : 3.5
  68. Old City of Berne : 3.5
  69. Pienza : 3.5
  70. Pont du Gard : 3.5
  71. Québec : 3.5
  72. Tarraco : 3.5
  73. Trinity Sergius Lavra : 3.5
  74. Villa d'Este : 3.5
  75. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines : 3.5
  76. Alcala de Henares : 3.0
  77. Belfries : 3.0
  78. Canterbury : 3.0
  79. Fortifications of Vauban : 3.0
  80. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal : 3.0
  81. Kew Gardens : 3.0
  82. Mantua and Sabbioneta : 3.0
  83. Maritime Greenwich : 3.0
  84. Modena : 3.0
  85. Reims : 3.0
  86. San Marino and Mount Titano : 3.0
  87. Statue of Liberty : 3.0
  88. Strasbourg : 3.0
  89. Val d'Orcia : 3.0
  90. Beemster Polder : 2.5
  91. Forth Bridge : 2.5
  92. Independence Hall : 2.5
  93. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley : 2.5
  94. Major Town Houses : 2.5
  95. New Lanark : 2.5
  96. Novodevichy Convent : 2.5
  97. Poblet Monastery : 2.5
  98. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France : 2.5
  99. Schokland : 2.5
  100. Semmering Railway : 2.5
  101. Skogskyrkogarden : 2.5
  102. Wadden Sea : 2.5
  103. Canal du Midi : 2.0
  104. Defence Line of Amsterdam : 2.0
  105. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : 2.0
  106. Van Nellefabriek : 2.0
  107. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin : 1.5
  108. Stoclet House : 1.5