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Santo Domingo

Jay T USA - 05-Jan-22

Santo Domingo

One of the best parts about travel is learning history from other perspectives. In US history books, Sir Francis Drake is generally viewed favorably for his role as an explorer and a privateer for the Crown; in the Spanish-speaking world, however, he was seen as a pirate and a scourge, raiding Spanish galleons, sacking towns, and ultimately defeating the Spanish Armada. This viewpoint was abundantly clear in the Museum of the Royal Houses when I visited Santo Domingo last October, and for good reason: in 1586 Drake captured the city and set a ransom to be paid by Spain. As an added incentive, Drake began demolishing and setting fire to parts of Santo Domingo until the ransom was ultimately paid

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Zacatecas

Jay T USA - 29-Dec-21

Zacatecas

The Historic Centre of Zacatecas was a delight, and the highlight of my November trip through central Mexico. Zacatecas takes a bit of planning to reach, but it was well worth the six hour detour from the cluster of World Heritage Sites near Querétaro.

Silver mines put Zacatecas on the map, and funded the rich Baroque architecture seen in the stunning cathedral, as well the Temple of Santo Domingo and the Governor's Palace in the Plaza de Armas. Early in its history, the mines also brought missionaries traveling along the Camino Real, such as the Franciscans, who founded the former San Francisco convent (site of one of two World Heritage Site plaques I found in the historic center), and the Augustinians, who founded the Temple of San Agustin. On my one day in Zacatecas, I spent a couple early hours visiting the churches that were open and admiring the architecture, and then strolling the relatively quiet streets (likely because it was Revolution Day, one of Mexico's public holidays)

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Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi

Jay T USA - 15-Sep-21

Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi

Duly vaccinated and tested, I made my first foray out of the country last Saturday on a day trip to
Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi, the only World Heritage Site in southern Alberta that I had not yet visited. As has been noted, Writing-on-Stone has similarities to Dinosaur Provincial Park, but its inscription is cultural versus natural, and is very much based on the significance of the landscape to the Blackfoot people.

As can be easily inferred from the title of this [...]

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Moravian Church Settlements (T)

Jay T USA - 05-May-21

Moravian Church Settlements (T)

Almost 300 years ago a group of German Protestant missionaries in North America were granted land in the wooded Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, west of New York City and north of Philadelphia; on Christmas Eve of 1741, these missionaries founded the Moravian community of Bethlehem. For approximately the next century, Bethlehem was a town run by the Moravian church, operating on principles espousing communal living, hard work, and missionary outreach to local Lenape native American groups (a relationship referenced in the novels of 19th century author James Fenimore Cooper).

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Cahokia Mounds

Jay T USA - 27-Dec-20

Cahokia Mounds

It's rather striking to compare and contrast the first two US World Heritage Sites dedicated to pre-Columbian North American civilizations. Mesa Verde, in the American Southwest, retains impressive adobe structures built into cliffsides, where Pueblo civilizations would live while farming on the fields above. Cahokia Mounds, on the other hand, retains only earthen mounds left behind from what was once the most advanced civilization north of Mexico. Mesa Verde was built in brick and stone, while structures at Cahokia Mounds were made of wood, which did not last through the centuries. Mesa Verde had the advantage of protection from the US federal government as early as the late 19th century

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Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
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Badlands National Park: A North American Prairie
Rating Stats
Iguacu 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Uluru 5
Acropolis 4.5
Nikko 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Toledo 4.5
Valletta 4.5
Wadi Rum 4.5
Brugge 4
Quito 4
Rhodes 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Vienna 4
Ibiza 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Split 3.5
Vicenza 3.5
Al Ain 3
Belem 3
Naples 3
Kotor 2.5
Lima 2.5
Evora 2
  1. Santo Domingo
  2. Zacatecas
  3. Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi
  4. Cahokia Mounds
  5. Yellowstone
  6. Valparaiso
  7. Stoclet House
  8. Rhodes
  9. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  10. Villa d'Este
  11. Tower of Hercules
  12. Segovia
  13. Rapa Nui
  14. Olympic National Park
  15. Machu Picchu
  16. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  17. Etruscan Necropolises
  18. Carlsbad Caverns
  19. Bamberg
  20. Würzburg Residence
  21. Valletta
  22. St. Petersburg
  23. Roman Walls of Lugo
  24. Popocatepetl monasteries
  25. Mount Etna
  26. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  27. Gulf of Porto
  28. El Escurial
  29. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  30. Aranjuez
  31. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  32. Toledo
  33. Santiago de Compostela
  34. Potsdam
  35. Neolithic Orkney
  36. Lima
  37. Gwynedd Castles
  38. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  39. Burgos Cathedral
  40. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  41. Vizcaya Bridge
  42. Statue of Liberty
  43. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  44. Pompei
  45. Las Medulas
  46. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  47. Flemish Béguinages
  48. Camino Real
  49. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  50. Speyer Cathedral
  51. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  52. Lake Baikal
  53. Gros Morne National Park
  54. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  55. Brugge
  56. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  57. Thingvellir
  58. Huascaran National Park
  59. Poverty Point
  60. Pitons Management Area
  61. Mesa Verde
  62. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  63. Grand Place, Brussels
  64. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  65. Belfries
  66. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  67. Split
  68. Quito
  69. Greater Blue Mountains
  70. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  71. Vicenza
  72. Skocjan Caves
  73. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  74. La Fortaleza
  75. Grand Pré
  76. Botanical Garden, Padua
  77. White City of Tel-Aviv
  78. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  79. San Antonio Missions
  80. Olympia
  81. Kotor
  82. Great Smoky Mountains
  83. Colonia del Sacramento
  84. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  85. Venetian Works of Defence
  86. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  87. Petra
  88. Kinderdijk
  89. Galapagos Islands
  90. Budapest
  91. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  92. Sangay National Park
  93. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  94. Kremlin and Red Square
  95. Great Barrier Reef
  96. Brú na Bóinne
  97. Westminster
  98. Sintra
  99. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  100. Kew Gardens
  101. Göreme NP
  102. Blenheim Palace
  103. Wadi Rum
  104. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  105. Old City of Jerusalem
  106. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  107. Giant's Causeway
  108. Biblical Tells
  109. Vienna
  110. Schönbrunn
  111. Morne Trois Pitons
  112. Ironbridge Gorge
  113. Fortifications of Vauban
  114. Belem
  115. Versailles
  116. Siena
  117. Old Town Lunenburg
  118. L'Anse aux Meadows
  119. Forth Bridge
  120. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  121. Venice and its Lagoon
  122. San Marino and Mount Titano
  123. Nubian Monuments
  124. Independence Hall
  125. Florence
  126. Ayutthaya
  127. Vatican City
  128. Salzburg
  129. Novodevichy Convent
  130. Iguazu National Park
  131. Evora
  132. Ancient Thebes
  133. Um er-Rasas
  134. Rome
  135. New Lanark
  136. Iguacu
  137. Everglades
  138. Australian Convict Sites
  139. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  140. Royal Exhibition Building
  141. Nikko
  142. Istanbul
  143. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  144. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  145. Uluru
  146. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  147. Naples
  148. Ibiza
  149. Edinburgh
  150. Al Ain
  151. Turaif Quarter
  152. Rideau Canal
  153. Ephesus
  154. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  155. Historic Cairo
  156. Acropolis
  157. Tower of London
  158. Quseir Amra
  159. Mont-Saint-Michel
  160. Hawaii Volcanoes
  161. Costiera Amalfitana
  162. Yosemite National Park
  163. Tongariro National Park
  164. Québec
  165. Monticello
  166. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  167. Dutch Water Defence Lines
  1. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  2. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  3. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  4. Bet She'an (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  7. Caesarea (T)
  8. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  11. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  12. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  13. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  14. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  15. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  16. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  17. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  18. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  19. Ellis Island (T)
  20. Flow Country (T)
  21. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  22. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  23. Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks (T)
  24. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  25. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  26. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  27. Khor Dubai (T)
  28. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  29. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  30. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  31. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  32. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  33. Mount Vernon (T)
  34. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  35. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  36. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  37. Primeros Ingenios Coloniales Azucareros de América (T)
  38. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  39. Rade de Marseille (T)
  40. Route of Magellan (T)
  41. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  42. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  43. Seoul City Wall (T)
  44. Serpent Mound (T)
  45. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  46. Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (T)
  47. St. George Fortified System (T)
  48. St. George Historic District (T)
  49. The Burren (T)
  50. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  51. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  52. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  53. The Ribeira Sacra, Lugo and Orense (T)
  54. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  55. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  56. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  57. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  58. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  59. Waitangi Treaty Grounds (T)
  60. White Sands National Monument (T)

Top 200 WHS

  1. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  2. Koutammakou
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Alto Douro
  5. Olympia
  6. Acropolis
  7. Ephesus
  8. Pompei
  9. Baalbek
  10. Leptis Magna
  11. Syracuse
  12. Aleppo
  13. Medina of Marrakesh
  14. Medina of Fez
  15. Samarkand
  16. Hué
  17. Potala Palace
  18. Borobudur
  19. Bamiyan Valley
  20. Taj Mahal
  21. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  22. Aachen Cathedral
  23. Lalibela
  24. Meteora
  25. Vatican City
  26. Saint Catherine Area
  27. Mont-Saint-Michel
  28. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  29. Qadisha Valley
  30. Chartres Cathedral
  31. Luther Memorials
  32. Abbey of St Gall
  33. Westminster
  34. Sydney Opera House
  35. Kremlin and Red Square
  36. Kinderdijk
  37. Cliff of Bandiagara
  38. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  39. Meroe
  40. Ouro Preto
  41. Québec
  42. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  43. Santo Domingo
  44. Old Havana
  45. Coffee Cultural Landscape
  46. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  47. Tequila
  48. Costiera Amalfitana
  49. Loire Valley
  50. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  51. Rio de Janeiro
  52. Grand Pré
  53. Air and Téneré
  54. El Pinacate
  55. Wadi Rum
  56. Namib Sand Sea
  57. Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
  58. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  59. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  60. Pyramids (Memphis)
  61. Nubian Monuments
  62. Göreme NP
  63. Grand Canyon
  64. Uluru
  65. Ironbridge Gorge
  66. Ancient Kyoto
  67. Gyeongju
  68. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  69. Virunga National Park
  70. Galapagos Islands
  71. Banc d'Arguin
  72. Ngorongoro
  73. Serengeti
  74. Keoladeo National Park
  75. Cape Floral Region
  76. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  77. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  78. Dja Faunal Reserve
  79. Glacier parks
  80. Yosemite National Park
  81. Los Glaciares
  82. Laponian Area
  83. Gros Morne National Park
  84. Chola Temples
  85. Fujisan
  86. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  87. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  88. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  89. South China Karst
  90. Gunung Mulu
  91. Ha Long Bay
  92. Skocjan Caves
  93. Carlsbad Caverns
  94. Cuzco
  95. West Norwegian Fjords
  96. Gulf of California
  97. Te Wahipounamu
  98. Great Barrier Reef
  99. Socotra Archipelago
  100. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  101. Maritime Greenwich
  102. Valparaiso
  103. Granada
  104. Cracow
  105. Brugge
  106. Seville
  107. Strasbourg
  108. Auschwitz Birkenau
  109. Genbaku Dome
  110. Statue of Liberty
  111. Bikini Atoll
  112. Independence Hall
  113. Gwynedd Castles
  114. Himeji-jo
  115. Great Wall
  116. Masada
  117. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  118. Red Fort
  119. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  120. Potosi
  121. Guanajuato
  122. Sewell Mining Town
  123. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  124. Sagarmatha National Park
  125. Kilimanjaro National Park
  126. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  127. Western Ghats
  128. Huascaran National Park
  129. Samarra
  130. Persepolis
  131. Petra
  132. Al Ain
  133. Rapa Nui
  134. Imperial Palace
  135. Versailles
  136. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  137. Wartburg Castle
  138. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  139. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  140. Potsdam
  141. Site of Carthage
  142. Tyre
  143. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  144. Florence
  145. St. Petersburg
  146. Dubrovnik
  147. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  148. Budapest
  149. Vienna
  150. Valletta
  151. SGang Gwaay
  152. Mesa Verde
  153. Machu Picchu
  154. Chan Chan
  155. Teotihuacan
  156. Tikal National Park
  157. Chichen-Itza
  158. Cahokia Mounds
  159. Stonehenge
  160. Nasca Lines
  161. Tasmanian Wilderness
  162. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  163. Kenya Lake System
  164. Pantanal
  165. Victoria Falls
  166. Lake Baikal
  167. Okavango Delta
  168. Iguazu National Park
  169. Plitvice Lakes
  170. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
  171. Everglades
  172. Angkor
  173. Ayutthaya
  174. Silk Roads
  175. Qhapaq Ñan
  176. Island of Gorée
  177. Venice and its Lagoon
  178. Istanbul
  179. Rome
  180. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  181. Damascus
  182. Old City of Jerusalem
  183. Prague
  184. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  185. Edinburgh
  186. Salzburg
  187. Old City of Acre
  188. Walled City of Baku
  189. Cordoba
  190. Shibam
  191. Brasilia
  192. Thingvellir
  193. L'Anse aux Meadows
  194. Isole Eolie
  195. Hawaii Volcanoes
  196. Yellowstone
  197. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  198. Giant's Causeway
  199. Tongariro National Park
  200. Pitons Management Area