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Ilya Burlak
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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Nice

Ilya Burlak USA - 18-Nov-22

Nice

In September of 2022, I had a chance to reacquaint myself with Nice, having explored it first over twenty years earlier. As with any reasonably large city, it has quite a lot to offer to every visitor: museums, churches, palaces, public spaces, elevated viewpoints, and a certainly colorful historic old town. And yet, it is not exceptional in any sense of the world. As others noted before me, Nice's recognition as a WH property is quite a stretch of the concept of the OUV; as you move around town, you will be hard-pressed to put your finger on what exactly made this large seaside town a foremost leader in well-to-do winter tourism. Everybody takes a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais when they are in Nice - that can't be enough of a reason by itself, can it?

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Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin

Ilya Burlak USA - 19-Sep-22

Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin

I am giving Bet Guvrin the same rating as the community average, but I probably would have rated it higher if not for the abbreviated nature of my visit. A large part of that was my own faulty planning, but the park closure practices contributed to that significantly. 

In August of 2022, I was in Israel with the family on a Bat Mitzvah trip

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Venice and its Lagoon

Ilya Burlak USA - 14-Jul-22

Venice and its Lagoon

Having just returned from my fifth trip to Venice - but the first for nearly a decade - I feel compelled to say something about a timeless place that is so well known and so well reviewed that it is impossible to offer an original thought in appreciation. Anyway, here is my personal restatement of what others offered in the past: There is no place in the Western Hemisphere that continues to fascinate me as much as La Serenissima, and no other place that I believe is as rewarding when explored on foot.

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Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

Ilya Burlak USA - 08-Jul-22

Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

It is hard to say anything original about the magnificence of these frescoes. This serial site is definitely one of the most impressive of its kind. Visiting all of its components is possible on a single Urbs Picta ticket, which is what I did in June of 2022.

Scrovegni Chapel is the headline item and one place that requires advance planning. You have to book a specific 15-minute time slot to visit when you buy your ticket online (you actually end up with a voucher to be exchanged for the actual ticket at the Musei degli Eremitani). The printed ticket somewhat amusingly declares that unless you are at the entrance at least 5 minutes before your scheduled time, you will not be let in. I was there a good 15 minutes before but told the lady at the door that I would sit outside of the glass entry pavilion instead of being inside. It turned out that I had to sit through the introductory movie prior to getting into the chapel

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Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 31-May-22

Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)

In May of 2022, I took an hour-plus out of my business-trip itinerary in Chicago to visit the buildings in this serial property. In a notable fail of the expedition, I did not read Kyle's review below prior to the walk. I assumed that all of these buildings allowed some form of easy public access to explore the interiors - and would actually have something to offer in that respect. But only a few of them do. And because I was moving northward from the southernmost of the buildings, the first five that I stopped by did not exhibit anything of value in their interiors (or could not really be entered). So, I mostly gave up and did not even attempt to enter Marquette or Rookery, which Kyle marked as the most impressive

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 02.01.23
Rating Stats
Brugge 5
Petra 5
Prague 5
Rome 5
Siena 5
Vienna 5
Acropolis 4.5
Assisi 4.5
Bryggen 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Istanbul 4.5
Oporto 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Potsdam 4.5
Seville 4.5
Sintra 4.5
Toledo 4.5
Albi 4
Delos 4
Kyiv 4
L'viv 4
Mostar 4
Split 4
Urbino 4
Verona 4
Arles 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Graz 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Pienza 3.5
Québec 3.5
Tarraco 3.5
Belem 3
Evora 3
Masada 3
Modena 3
Reims 3
Trogir 3
Bethlehem 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Schokland 2.5
Nice 2