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Ilya Burlak
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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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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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The Crusader Fortresses (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 24-Dec-19

The Crusader Fortresses (T)

While in Israel in November of 2019, I stopped by the Jordan Star National Park (Kokhav HaYarden, in Hebrew) which is centered on the Belvoir crusader castle high above the Jordan river valley.

The castle itself is the type of ruins that actually give you a pretty good idea of how it used to be in its heyday. Sufficiently impressive, although once you learn that the heyday lasted barely 20 years in the 12th century, you may doubt that any OUV can be justified here.

The killer feature of the place are the views over the valley and towards the Sea of Galilee. The castle's nickname of "fine view" was not for nothing

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Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 24-Dec-19

Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)

On my travels around Israel in November of 2019, I stopped by Bet Alpha National Park, which ended up one of my favorite ancient sites in the country (including many places that are already inscribed as WH sites).

Bet Alpha must be the smallest of all national parks in [...]

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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)