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Colonies of Benevolence

Jan-Willem Netherlands - 26-Jul-21

I was in Frederiksoord just two weeks ago. It's certainly not very spectacular to see, but I found the story behind it very interesting. I may be a bit biased because it's part of my own country's history. I do hope that being a WHC will create a broader awareness for this part of our history. 

A new visitor centre opened here in 2019. It had to close just a few months later and just reopened now. It tells the story in a modern, audiovisual way. After that, while taking a walk, or better the tramride, through Frederiksoord/ Wilhelminaoord you really get a good feeling for the story. A volunteer on the tram, born here in the final days of the colony, talked about growing up here and told stories about her grant parents etc.

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Dacian Fortresses

Jan-Willem Netherlands - 22-Aug-19

Visited Sarmizegetusa Regia and Piatra Rosie in 2016 during a 4-night stay in the Pensiunea Ulpia Traiana in Sarmizegetusa, which - as the name may already indicate, has the Roman ruins bordering its garden. The owner of the pensiunea is linked to the Archeology Museum in Sarmizegetusa. He and one of his neighbours drove our 7p. group as private guides in two 4WDs around the area, including the Orastie mountains with a hike inbetween visiting the two fortresses. We also included visits to Densus church, to the Dinosaur Geopark Hateg (with the Sinpetru formation), and to the Retezat mountains in the programme (all on the tentative list), among many other interesting closeby sites.

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Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)

Jan-Willem Netherlands - 06-Jul-19

Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)

Visited this ghost city during a trip in December 1989. Nobody seemed to take care of the place back then. The area was open, and no fees needed to be paid. Our group spent the night in the open air under a full moon (if I remember correctly) on top of the pavillion and we woke up with a beautiful sunrise. Arriving in the evening and leaving early morning means that it was dark most of the time we were there. It served as our campsite and we had not much time to explore the grounds, but still, it was a wonderful experience.

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Rjukan / Notodden

Jan-Willem Netherlands - 29-Apr-19

I visited this site in August 2015, together with a friend who lived in Norway then, and I haven't much to add to Els's review about the WHS itself.

But if you haven't seen it, watch the tv-series The Heavy Water War (Kampen om Tungtvannet) (shortly) before going there. Of course, it's dramatised and not 100% accurate, but it's a nicer way to understand what happened here in WW2 than the museum can show you. It'll help you to breathe in the region's history when you're walking in the valley or across the hills. Perhaps that's what made me give it the extra half star.

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  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  3. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  4. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  5. Ancient City of Kaunos (T)
  6. Archaeological Site of Priene (T)
  7. Bird Migration Routes (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  10. Cathedral of Gurk (T)
  11. Central Park (T)
  12. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  13. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  14. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  15. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  16. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  17. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  18. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  19. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (T)
  20. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  21. Eocene Marine Biodiversity of the Alpone Valley (T)
  22. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  23. Flow Country (T)
  24. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Dacia (T)
  25. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  26. Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)
  27. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  28. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  29. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  30. Hochosterwitz Castle (T)
  31. Iconic Riverfront of the Historic City of Varanasi (T)
  32. Iron Trail with Erzberg and the old town of Steyr (T)
  33. Kekova (T)
  34. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  35. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  36. L'église de Densus (T)
  37. La Camargue (T)
  38. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  39. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  40. Le plateau des Hautes-Fagnes (T)
  41. Les citadelles mosanes (T)
  42. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  43. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  44. Les villes bastionnées des Pays-Bas du nord-ouest de l'Europe (T)
  45. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  46. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  47. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  48. Massif du Retezat (T)
  49. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  50. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  51. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  52. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  53. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  54. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  55. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  56. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  57. Route of Magellan (T)
  58. Rundāle Palace Ensemble with a Garden and Forest Park (T)
  59. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  60. Sinpetru (site paleontologique) (T)
  61. Site of the Schöningen Spears – Humans and hunting 300,000 years ago (T)
  62. Sites of Globalization (T)
  63. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  64. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  65. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  66. The historic ensemble of Orchha (T)
  67. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  68. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  69. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  70. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  71. The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (T)
  72. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  73. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  74. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  75. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  76. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  77. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)