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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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Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 17-Jan-19

Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)

During a stay on Crete in the summer of 2018 I visited two of the properties of this serial site. One of them, Knossos Palace is the most visited tourist attraction on all of Crete.

Although British archaeologist Arthur Evans, who excavated Knossos in [...]

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The city of Bergamo (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 15-Jan-19

The city of Bergamo (T)

Bergamo is a kind of town that invariably leaves a positive impression on any visitor without tipping the scales on the exceptional side. I visited it in November of 2018. Città Alta, the historic core of Bergamo, is a classic, if larger than many, hilltop town. There are several eye-catching sights in its confines, largely clustering at or around the focal point of the town, Piazza Vecchia. The 17th-century Palazzo Nuovo, nowadays a public library, and the 12th-century Palazzo della Ragione, a former town hall, bookend the attractive square. Also here is Palazzo del Podestà housing a very interesting museum of the Venetian era (whose main shortcoming is that most of its interactive exhibits are in Italian only)

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Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

Ilya Burlak USA - 14-Jan-19

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

While in Turin for a single day in November of 2018, I managed to see Palazzo Madama, walked around Zona di Commando, and stopped by Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Carignano without stepping inside. My initial plan was actually to visit all three of these palaces that are located very close to each other, but other priorities and a desire to remain outside on a reasonably sunny day took precedence.

Palazzo Madama is so called because its 17-18th-century decorations and enhancements were ordered by two queens of the house of Savoy

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Venetian Works of Defence

Ilya Burlak USA - 07-Jan-19

Venetian Works of Defence

I visited Bergamo in November of 2018, focusing on the city as a whole, which afforded me the opportunity to take a look at the fortifications that are part of this serial site. I frequently profess my admiration for the feats of human ingenuity, but walls around a sizable city are hard to get really excited about. In the back of my head I can acknowledge their scale and impact in the context of the times that they were built in. Visually, it’s just really thick and old walls, with an occasional portal livening up the scene.

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

Ilya Burlak USA - 03-Jan-19

Santa Maria delle Grazie

The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is a curious specimen on the World Heritage list. It is not altogether unremarkable, but also not in any sense surpassing to warrant special recognition. And although its name is fully spelled out in the WH property title, the inscription is entirely devoted to the famous painting that adorns one of the walls of the adjoining convent’s refectory. I first stopped by the church more than five years ago but that visit did not include viewing of Leonardo’s The Last Supper. That was too significant an omission to be able to count the site as visited. In November of 2018 I made an extra effort to see the painting.

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Name
Ilya Burlak
Country
USA
Brugge 5
Prague 5
Rome 5
Siena 5
Vienna 5
Acropolis 4.5
Assisi 4.5
Bryggen 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Potsdam 4.5
Seville 4.5
Toledo 4.5
Albi 4
Delos 4
Kiev 4
L'viv 4
Urbino 4
Verona 4
Arles 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Graz 3.5
Pienza 3.5
Québec 3.5
Tarraco 3.5
Modena 3
Reims 3
Schokland 2.5

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