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Altamira Cave 23-Apr-18

Altamira Cave by Ivan Rucek

I visited Altamira as part of my mad dash across souther France and northern Spain in April 2018. I was intrigued by the opportunity, that Altamira museum has been practising for the past couple of years, to visit the original Altamira cave.

I stayed at nearby town Santillana del Mar, which in itself is very picturesque sight and boasts church Collegiale de Santa Juliana from 12th century which is part of the inscribed routes of Santiago de Compostela WHS.

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Name: Ivan Rucek

Country: Slovakia

Visited WHS: 508

Most Impressive: Jerusalem

Proposal New WHS: Moscow Metro

Update 2018-09-30 07:29:24

  1. Brugge : 5.0
  2. Dubrovnik : 5.0
  3. Ephesus : 5.0
  4. Florence : 5.0
  5. Granada : 5.0
  6. Istanbul : 5.0
  7. Lake Baikal : 5.0
  8. Loire Valley : 5.0
  9. Meidan Emam, Esfahan : 5.0
  10. Mont-Saint-Michel : 5.0
  11. Mount Athos : 5.0
  12. Old City of Jerusalem : 5.0
  13. Oporto : 5.0
  14. Persepolis : 5.0
  15. Pompei : 5.0
  16. Prague : 5.0
  17. Pyramids (Memphis) : 5.0
  18. Rome : 5.0
  19. Samarkand : 5.0
  20. Siena : 5.0
  21. Sigiriya : 5.0
  22. St. Petersburg : 5.0
  23. Teotihuacan : 5.0
  24. Vatican City : 5.0
  25. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  26. Versailles : 5.0
  27. Volcanoes of Kamchatka : 5.0
  28. West Norwegian Fjords : 5.0
  29. Acropolis : 4.5
  30. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 4.5
  31. Ancient Merv : 4.5
  32. Bukhara : 4.5
  33. Golden Mountains of Altai : 4.5
  34. Naples : 4.5
  35. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 4.5
  36. Pitons of Reunion : 4.5
  37. Vienna : 4.5
  38. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst : 4.0
  39. Amiens Cathedral : 4.0
  40. Anuradhapura : 4.0
  41. Arab-Norman Palermo : 4.0
  42. Archaeological Site of Delphi : 4.0
  43. Auschwitz Birkenau : 4.0
  44. Ayutthaya : 4.0
  45. Bam Cultural Landscape : 4.0
  46. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn : 4.0
  47. Belem : 4.0
  48. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe : 4.0
  49. Blenheim Palace : 4.0
  50. Bourges Cathedral : 4.0
  51. Bryggen : 4.0
  52. Budapest : 4.0
  53. Butrint : 4.0
  54. Cesky Krumlov : 4.0
  55. Champagne : 4.0
  56. City of Bath : 4.0
  57. City of Luxembourg : 4.0
  58. Cordoba : 4.0
  59. Costiera Amalfitana : 4.0
  60. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc : 4.0
  61. Derbent : 4.0
  62. Dolomites : 4.0
  63. Edinburgh : 4.0
  64. El Escurial : 4.0
  65. El Tajin : 4.0
  66. Everglades : 4.0
  67. Fontainebleau : 4.0
  68. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 4.0
  69. Gamzigrad-Romuliana : 4.0
  70. Giant's Causeway : 4.0
  71. Golestan Palace : 4.0
  72. Guanajuato : 4.0
  73. Göreme NP : 4.0
  74. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum : 4.0
  75. Hallstatt-Dachstein : 4.0
  76. Hierapolis-Pamukkale : 4.0
  77. Historic Cairo : 4.0
  78. Itchan Kala : 4.0
  79. Kizhi Pogost : 4.0
  80. Kremlin and Red Square : 4.0
  81. Le Morne : 4.0
  82. Lena Pillars : 4.0
  83. Lut Desert : 4.0
  84. Lyon : 4.0
  85. Malbork Castle : 4.0
  86. Mantua and Sabbioneta : 4.0
  87. Masjed-e Jâme' : 4.0
  88. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi : 4.0
  89. Meteora : 4.0
  90. Mexico City and Xochimilco : 4.0
  91. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve : 4.0
  92. Mycenae and Tiryns : 4.0
  93. Mystras : 4.0
  94. Ohrid Region : 4.0
  95. Old Havana : 4.0
  96. Olympia : 4.0
  97. Paphos : 4.0
  98. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) : 4.0
  99. Plitvice Lakes : 4.0
  100. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands : 4.0
  101. Puebla : 4.0
  102. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu : 4.0
  103. Quedlinburg : 4.0
  104. Ravenna : 4.0
  105. Riga : 4.0
  106. Royal Palace at Caserta : 4.0
  107. Saint-Emilion : 4.0
  108. Salamanca : 4.0
  109. Salzburg : 4.0
  110. San Gimignano : 4.0
  111. Schönbrunn : 4.0
  112. Segovia : 4.0
  113. Seville : 4.0
  114. Singapore Botanic Gardens : 4.0
  115. Sintra : 4.0
  116. Solovetsky Islands : 4.0
  117. Spissky Hrad and Levoca : 4.0
  118. Split : 4.0
  119. Tajik National Park : 4.0
  120. Tallinn : 4.0
  121. Teide National Park : 4.0
  122. Toledo : 4.0
  123. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios : 4.0
  124. Trogir : 4.0
  125. Tugendhat Villa : 4.0
  126. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 4.0
  127. Upper Svaneti : 4.0
  128. Val d'Orcia : 4.0
  129. Valletta : 4.0
  130. Vallée de Mai : 4.0
  131. Verona : 4.0
  132. Villa d'Este : 4.0
  133. Virgin Komi Forests : 4.0
  134. Visby : 4.0
  135. Völklingen Ironworks : 4.0
  136. Westminster : 4.0
  137. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines : 4.0
  138. Works of Antoni Gaudí : 4.0
  139. Xochicalco : 4.0
  140. Yazd : 4.0
  141. Zacatecas : 4.0
  142. Aachen Cathedral : 3.5
  143. Agrigento : 3.5
  144. Altamira Cave : 3.5
  145. Arles : 3.5
  146. Berat and Gjirokastra : 3.5
  147. Brú na Bóinne : 3.5
  148. Causses and Cévennes : 3.5
  149. Cologne Cathedral : 3.5
  150. Convent of Christ in Tomar : 3.5
  151. Cuenca : 3.5
  152. Curonian Spit : 3.5
  153. Dong Phayayen : 3.5
  154. Epidaurus : 3.5
  155. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.5
  156. Isole Eolie : 3.5
  157. Kaiping Diaolou : 3.5
  158. Kew Gardens : 3.5
  159. Kronborg Castle : 3.5
  160. Luis Barragán House and Studio : 3.5
  161. Lübeck : 3.5
  162. Masada : 3.5
  163. Megalithic Temples of Malta : 3.5
  164. Melaka and George Town : 3.5
  165. Mérida : 3.5
  166. Neolithic Orkney : 3.5
  167. Old City of Acre : 3.5
  168. Pasargadae : 3.5
  169. Polonnaruva : 3.5
  170. Rila Monastery : 3.5
  171. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France : 3.5
  172. Santiago de Compostela : 3.5
  173. Shushtar : 3.5
  174. Sinharaja Forest : 3.5
  175. Soltaniyeh : 3.5
  176. Strasbourg : 3.5
  177. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch : 3.5
  178. Syracuse : 3.5
  179. Tarraco : 3.5
  180. Tchogha Zanbil : 3.5
  181. Tequila : 3.5
  182. Troy : 3.5
  183. Villa Adriana (Tivoli) : 3.5
  184. Viñales Valley : 3.5
  185. Vézère Valley : 3.5
  186. Walled City of Baku : 3.5
  187. Warsaw : 3.5
  188. Western Caucasus : 3.5
  189. Albi : 3.0
  190. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park : 3.0
  191. Aquileia : 3.0
  192. Aranjuez : 3.0
  193. Archaeological Site of Aigai : 3.0
  194. Assisi : 3.0
  195. Avila : 3.0
  196. Bahla Fort : 3.0
  197. Bahá’i Holy Places : 3.0
  198. Bamberg : 3.0
  199. Banska Stiavnica : 3.0
  200. Bardejov Town : 3.0
  201. Bellinzone : 3.0
  202. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest : 3.0
  203. Bethlehem : 3.0
  204. Biblical Tells : 3.0
  205. Bisotun : 3.0
  206. Bolgar : 3.0
  207. Bordeaux : 3.0
  208. Botanical Garden, Padua : 3.0
  209. Boyana Church : 3.0
  210. Burgos Cathedral : 3.0
  211. Burgundy : 3.0
  212. Canterbury : 3.0
  213. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust : 3.0
  214. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin : 3.0
  215. Central University City Campus of the UNAM : 3.0
  216. Chaîne des Puys : 3.0
  217. Churches of Moldavia : 3.0
  218. Cienfuegos : 3.0
  219. Classical Weimar : 3.0
  220. Corfu : 3.0
  221. Cracow : 3.0
  222. Durham Castle and Cathedral : 3.0
  223. Durmitor National Park : 3.0
  224. Elvas : 3.0
  225. Etruscan Necropolises : 3.0
  226. Evora : 3.0
  227. Ferapontov Monastery : 3.0
  228. First Coffee Plantations : 3.0
  229. Fortress of Suomenlinna : 3.0
  230. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda : 3.0
  231. Garajonay : 3.0
  232. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz : 3.0
  233. Gelati Monastery : 3.0
  234. Golden Temple of Dambulla : 3.0
  235. Gorham's Cave Complex : 3.0
  236. Guimarães : 3.0
  237. Gwynedd Castles : 3.0
  238. Haghpat and Sanahin : 3.0
  239. Independence Hall : 3.0
  240. Kazan Kremlin : 3.0
  241. Kiev : 3.0
  242. Kinderdijk : 3.0
  243. Kotor : 3.0
  244. Kutna Hora : 3.0
  245. L'viv : 3.0
  246. Las Medulas : 3.0
  247. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape : 3.0
  248. Litomysl Castle : 3.0
  249. Luther Memorials : 3.0
  250. Macao : 3.0
  251. Major Town Houses : 3.0
  252. Maritime Greenwich : 3.0
  253. Maulbronn Monastery : 3.0
  254. Maymand : 3.0
  255. Medina of Tétouan : 3.0
  256. Mir Castle : 3.0
  257. Monastery of Alcobaça : 3.0
  258. Monastery of Batalha : 3.0
  259. Monastery of Geghard : 3.0
  260. Monastery of Horezu : 3.0
  261. Morelia : 3.0
  262. Mostar : 3.0
  263. Mount Etna : 3.0
  264. Mtskheta : 3.0
  265. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 3.0
  266. Muskauer Park : 3.0
  267. Necropolis of Bet She'arim : 3.0
  268. Nessebar : 3.0
  269. Novgorod : 3.0
  270. Novodevichy Convent : 3.0
  271. Old City of Berne : 3.0
  272. Old Town of Galle : 3.0
  273. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau : 3.0
  274. Pannonhalma : 3.0
  275. Par force hunting landscape : 3.0
  276. Persian Garden : 3.0
  277. Petäjävesi Old Church : 3.0
  278. Pienza : 3.0
  279. Pirin National Park : 3.0
  280. Poblet Monastery : 3.0
  281. Pont du Gard : 3.0
  282. Potsdam : 3.0
  283. Provins : 3.0
  284. Qal'at al-Bahrain : 3.0
  285. Querétaro : 3.0
  286. Regensburg : 3.0
  287. Reims : 3.0
  288. Rietveld Schröderhuis : 3.0
  289. Rock Carvings in Tanum : 3.0
  290. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica : 3.0
  291. Roskilde Cathedral : 3.0
  292. Route of Santiago de Compostela : 3.0
  293. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy : 3.0
  294. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil : 3.0
  295. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe : 3.0
  296. San Marino and Mount Titano : 3.0
  297. San Miguel de Allende : 3.0
  298. San Pedro de la Roca Castle : 3.0
  299. Santa Maria de Guadelupe : 3.0
  300. Santa Maria delle Grazie : 3.0
  301. Selimiye Mosque : 3.0
  302. Semmering Railway : 3.0
  303. Shakhrisyabz : 3.0
  304. Sighisoara : 3.0
  305. Skocjan Caves : 3.0
  306. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District : 3.0
  307. Speyer Cathedral : 3.0
  308. Statue of Liberty : 3.0
  309. Stonehenge : 3.0
  310. Stralsund and Wismar : 3.0
  311. Studley Royal Park : 3.0
  312. Susa : 3.0
  313. Sydney Opera House : 3.0
  314. Tabriz Bazaar : 3.0
  315. Takht-e Soleyman : 3.0
  316. Tauric Chersonese : 3.0
  317. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae : 3.0
  318. Thessalonika : 3.0
  319. Tokaji Wine Region : 3.0
  320. Torun : 3.0
  321. Tower of Hercules : 3.0
  322. Tower of London : 3.0
  323. Trier : 3.0
  324. Trinity Sergius Lavra : 3.0
  325. University of Coimbra : 3.0
  326. Urbino : 3.0
  327. Val di Noto : 3.0
  328. Vall de Boi : 3.0
  329. Vicenza : 3.0
  330. Villa Romana del Casale : 3.0
  331. Villages with Fortified Churches : 3.0
  332. Vilnius : 3.0
  333. Vlkolinec : 3.0
  334. Wartburg Castle : 3.0
  335. Western Tien-Shan : 3.0
  336. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal : 3.0
  337. Xanthos-Letoon : 3.0
  338. Yaroslavl : 3.0
  339. Zollverein : 3.0
  340. Çatalhöyük : 3.0
  341. Abbey of St Gall : 2.5
  342. Alcala de Henares : 2.5
  343. Antequera Dolmens Site : 2.5
  344. Armenian Monastic Ensembles : 2.5
  345. Asturian Monuments : 2.5
  346. Benedictine Convent of St. John : 2.5
  347. Caceres : 2.5
  348. Central Highlands : 2.5
  349. Churches of Peace : 2.5
  350. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay : 2.5
  351. Drottningholm : 2.5
  352. Ferrara : 2.5
  353. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : 2.5
  354. Gobustan Rock Art : 2.5
  355. Incense Route of the Negev : 2.5
  356. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal : 2.5
  357. Kandy : 2.5
  358. Kunya-Urgench : 2.5
  359. Madara Rider : 2.5
  360. Medici Villas and Gardens : 2.5
  361. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo : 2.5
  362. Modena : 2.5
  363. Nancy : 2.5
  364. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes : 2.5
  365. Old Rauma : 2.5
  366. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region : 2.5
  367. Pilgrimage Church of Wies : 2.5
  368. Plantin-Moretus Museum : 2.5
  369. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo : 2.5
  370. Roman Walls of Lugo : 2.5
  371. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans : 2.5
  372. Sviyazhsk : 2.5
  373. Tamgaly : 2.5
  374. Telc : 2.5
  375. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier : 2.5
  376. The Four Lifts : 2.5
  377. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak : 2.5
  378. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen : 2.5
  379. Trebic : 2.5
  380. Vizcaya Bridge : 2.5
  381. Vézelay : 2.5
  382. Würzburg Residence : 2.5
  383. Yuso and Suso Monasteries : 2.5
  384. Al Ain : 2.0
  385. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque : 2.0
  386. Belfries : 2.0
  387. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape : 2.0
  388. Camagüey : 2.0
  389. Canal du Midi : 2.0
  390. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik : 2.0
  391. Centennial Hall : 2.0
  392. Chartres Cathedral : 2.0
  393. Choirokoitia : 2.0
  394. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye : 2.0
  395. Corvey : 2.0
  396. Crespi d'Adda : 2.0
  397. Defence Line of Amsterdam : 2.0
  398. Delos : 2.0
  399. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs : 2.0
  400. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots : 2.0
  401. Engelsberg Ironworks : 2.0
  402. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec : 2.0
  403. Fagus Factory : 2.0
  404. Falun Great Copper Mountain : 2.0
  405. Fertö/Neusiedlersee : 2.0
  406. Flemish Béguinages : 2.0
  407. Forth Bridge : 2.0
  408. Fortifications of Vauban : 2.0
  409. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz : 2.0
  410. Graz : 2.0
  411. Grimeton Radio Station : 2.0
  412. Heritage of Mercury : 2.0
  413. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago : 2.0
  414. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church : 2.0
  415. Holasovice : 2.0
  416. Holy Trinity Column : 2.0
  417. Hospicio Cabañas : 2.0
  418. Ironbridge Gorge : 2.0
  419. Jelling : 2.0
  420. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska : 2.0
  421. Karlskrona : 2.0
  422. Kernavë : 2.0
  423. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle : 2.0
  424. Le Havre : 2.0
  425. Liverpool : 2.0
  426. Longobards in Italy : 2.0
  427. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley : 2.0
  428. Margravial Opera House : 2.0
  429. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge : 2.0
  430. Mining Sites of Wallonia : 2.0
  431. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios : 2.0
  432. Nesvizh : 2.0
  433. New Lanark : 2.0
  434. Nisa : 2.0
  435. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai : 2.0
  436. Pearling : 2.0
  437. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk : 2.0
  438. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal : 2.0
  439. Popocatepetl monasteries : 2.0
  440. Primeval Beech Forests : 2.0
  441. Qalhat : 2.0
  442. Rammelsberg and Goslar : 2.0
  443. Reichenau : 2.0
  444. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans : 2.0
  445. Sammallahdenmäki : 2.0
  446. San Cristobal de La Laguna : 2.0
  447. Saryarka : 2.0
  448. Schokland : 2.0
  449. Silk Roads : 2.0
  450. Skogskyrkogarden : 2.0
  451. Stari Ras and Sopocani : 2.0
  452. Studenica Monastery : 2.0
  453. Sulaiman-Too : 2.0
  454. Van Nellefabriek : 2.0
  455. Venetian Works of Defence : 2.0
  456. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill : 2.0
  457. Wachau Cultural Landscape : 2.0
  458. Wadden Sea : 2.0
  459. Wooden Churches of Maramures : 2.0
  460. Zamosc : 2.0
  461. Úbeda and Baeza : 2.0
  462. Aflaj irrigation system : 1.5
  463. Atapuerca : 1.5
  464. Bauhaus Sites : 1.5
  465. Birka and Hovgarden : 1.5
  466. Camino Real : 1.5
  467. Caves and Ice Age Art : 1.5
  468. Christiansfeld : 1.5
  469. Coa Valley and Siega Verde : 1.5
  470. Derwent Valley Mills : 1.5
  471. Donana National Park : 1.5
  472. Dorset and East Devon Coast : 1.5
  473. Genoa : 1.5
  474. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces : 1.5
  475. Messel Pit : 1.5
  476. Mount Carmel Caves : 1.5
  477. Rhaetian Railway : 1.5
  478. Sarazm : 1.5
  479. Stevns Klint : 1.5
  480. Struve Geodetic Arc : 1.5
  481. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona : 1.5
  482. White City of Tel-Aviv : 1.5
  483. Aapravasi Ghat : 1.0
  484. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch : 1.0
  485. Al Zubarah : 1.0
  486. Alto Douro : 1.0
  487. Battir : 1.0
  488. Beemster Polder : 1.0
  489. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 1.0
  490. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape : 1.0
  491. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland : 1.0
  492. Hollókö : 1.0
  493. Monte San Giorgio : 1.0
  494. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin : 1.0
  495. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings : 1.0
  496. Saltaire : 1.0
  497. Southern Öland : 1.0
  498. Stari Grad Plain : 1.0
  499. Stoclet House : 1.0
  500. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine : 1.0
  501. The Persian Qanat : 1.0
  502. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska : 1.0
  503. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians : 1.0
  504. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region : 1.0
  505. Hortobágy : 0.5
  506. Avignon
  507. Orange
  508. Sassanid Archaeological Landscape
  1. Atacama Desert
  2. Bagan
  3. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  4. Chernobyl
  5. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  6. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  7. Death Valley National Park
  8. Ephesus
  9. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  10. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  11. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  12. Marine Reserves of Sinai
  13. Middle and Upper Sepik
  14. Minoan palaces of Crete
  15. Modern Legacy of Vienna
  16. Mt Kailash
  17. Neuschwanstein Castle
  18. Svalbard
  19. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  20. Torres del Paine National Park