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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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Incense Route of the Negev

Ilya Burlak USA - 14-Jan-20

Incense Route of the Negev

I visited Mamshit and Avdat on my trip to Israel in November 2019. Unlike the Biblical Tels, the archaeological sites of the Nabatean towns offer enough of standing remains to help imagine what the places looked like at the height of their prosperity, and in that respect are more visually interesting. Large portions of the sites are still shapeless piles of rocks, but there are also high walls, defined interior spaces, and some structures that survived in reasonable shape. Where the arches survive, they are definitely among the most eye-catching details. And the temples are usually the places where you can find the best remaining decorative details, such as floor mosaics or columns.

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Bethlehem

Ilya Burlak USA - 11-Jan-20

Bethlehem

I arranged for a private half-day guided tour of Bethlehem in November of 2019, which included not just the Church of Nativity, but also a drive through the governorate countryside, several viewpoints, a visit to the Shepherds Field, and a stroll through the center of the town of Bethlehem.

Church of the Nativity itself is not unlike the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, in that it is a major pilgrimage destination that is shared by several Christian denominations. The Bethlehem church is less of a madhouse, though; the stream of visitors is steady, but nowhere near the volume you find at the Holy Sepulchre. You can view the remains of the floor mosaic of the original church from the 4th century, and descend to a number of secondary grottoes where you may even have the space to yourself

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Jerusalem (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 03-Jan-20

Jerusalem (T)

When in Jerusalem, Mount of Olives and Mount Zion are practically unmissable parts of the itinerary, both for the historic and religious sites situated on them, and in case of Mount of Olives for the canonical wide perspectives over the entire Old City.

There are several interesting sights on the slopes of Mount of Olives, such as Dominus Flevit Church, Mary Magdalene Church, Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane, the Tomb of the Virgin. Mount Zion is headlined by the Tomb of the King David and the Abbey of the Dormition, as well as the Room of the Last Supper.

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Old City of Jerusalem

Ilya Burlak USA - 03-Jan-20

Old City of Jerusalem

I spent about a day and a half in Jerusalem’s Old City on my trip to Israel in November 2019. That appears to be enough to see all of the major points of interest, both in terms of the inscribed WHS and the tentative extension; although in a city with such wealth of historical context, you will feel like you rushed through some of the sights no matter how much time you give yourself.

The very brief Jerusalem WH inscription is all about its significance to the three main monotheistic religions, and being an adherent of one is likely to be an important ingredient for a true spiritual connection to the city. Religious people will surely be awed by being so near the sacred sights, much more so than a secular visitor will ever be.

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Biblical Tells

Ilya Burlak USA - 28-Dec-19

Biblical Tells

I visited two of the three inscribed tels on my tour around Israel in November of 2019. The biggest and the most popular of them is Megiddo, in the Lower Galilee. It had been settled from Neolithic times through the Bronze and Iron Ages until about 3rd century BC. Excavations in the 20th century unearthed over twenty layers of cities successively built on this site. Beyond the gates to the site, the rest of it is low wall outlines and occasional stand-alone features. A casual visitor is unlikely to be able to find enough visuals to appreciate anything more than the vague yet obvious notion that this place is really really old

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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
Schokland 2.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  4. Caesarea (T)
  5. Central Park (T)
  6. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  7. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  8. Degania & Nahalal (T)
  9. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  10. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  11. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  12. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  13. Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape (T)
  14. Ellis Island (T)
  15. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  16. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  17. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  18. Jerusalem (T)
  19. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  20. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  21. Makhteshim Country (T)
  22. Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" (T)
  23. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  24. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  25. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  26. Orvieto (T)
  27. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  28. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  29. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  30. The archeological site of Tanais (T)
  31. The city of Bergamo (T)
  32. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  33. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  34. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  35. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  36. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  37. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  38. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)