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Aranjuez

Jay T USA - 08-Jan-20

Aranjuez

I love gardens, so I was rather excited to choose Aranjuez Cultural Landscape as the first central Iberian World Heritage Site to visit after I arrived in Madrid for a long weekend last May. In truth, the gardens were not as impressive as others I have visited, but I did appreciate the laidback atmosphere of this suburb that began as a royal estate in the 16th century. After arriving in town, I started my tour indoors with the palace, so as to avoid a passing rain shower. The palace had many fine rooms, but since I came to Aranjuez to view the gardens, as soon as the skies brightened I was back outside. The gardens next to the palace were beautiful, however I was slightly let down by the Island Garden, which was not as well upkept as I thought it might be

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Villa Adriana (Tivoli)

Jay T USA - 01-Jan-20

Villa Adriana (Tivoli)

On paper the Villa Adriana seems a site that I would love -- a collection of architecture from around the known world in the 2nd century A.D. incorporated into a retreat (and eventual seat of power) for Roman emperor Hadrian in the hills east of Rome. In reality -- well, it didn't meet my expectations. Part of that could have been the difficulty I had in getting to the villa; no taxis were easily to be found anywhere in Tivoli on the weekday I visited last November, and I couldn't find a good schedule for the Number 4 bus. I eventually made it to the villa by taxi, and began exploring the grounds mid-day. I rather wish I had a guide, though, since, as others have noted, the signs are lacking, and what signs existed were written in an academic style rather challenging to comprehend

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Toledo

Jay T USA - 18-Dec-19

Toledo

Oh Toledo, jewel of a city! This was easily my favorite day trip from Madrid when I visited Spain last May. I was entranced from my first view of the walled old town overlooking the Tagus River on the short walk from the Moorish-style train station to the escalators serving the historic center atop the hill. I arrived on a Sunday, which was an ideal time to attend a mass in the historic Toledo cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture (it was not a good day to see the tower, however, since it was closed)

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Santiago de Compostela

Jay T USA - 13-Nov-19

Santiago de Compostela

Pilgrim, you have reached journey's end. The paths through the old town suddenly open up onto a plaza marked with walkways in the shape of the scalloped symbol of the Camino de Santiago, and there, at the center of the rays, pilgrims and tourists alike stop in awe and reflection and gaze up at the Baroque façade of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. The cathedral is even larger than it seemed when looking down at the bell towers from the Mount of Joy outside the city. Staffs and backpacks are set down and cell phones and selfie sticks are pulled out. Some kiss the ground in reverance. And then, sometime later, the visitors migrate to the side entrance to the cathedral, and file through the nave and around the altar, mostly in hushed silence

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Potsdam

Jay T USA - 06-Nov-19

Potsdam

I've always associated Potsdam, Germany, with the Cold War, but outside of knowing some historical context, I was unprepared for how beautiful the palaces and gardens would be when I visited in the fall of 2007. Autumn was a spectacular season to stroll the grounds, as trees changing color were reflected in the waterways wending their way through Sansoucci Park, the heart of the original inscription. While I enjoyed visiting some of the palaces and grand structures in this World Heritage Site, to include Sanssouci, the New Palace, and the Chinese House, it was the gardens that I found most memorable. The terraces ouside the Orangery and Sanssouci palace provided a beautiful view over Potsdam, nestled in fall foliage

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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
Wadi Rum 4.5
Brugge 4
Quito 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. Aranjuez
  2. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  3. Toledo
  4. Santiago de Compostela
  5. Potsdam
  6. Neolithic Orkney
  7. Lima
  8. Gwynedd Castles
  9. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  10. Burgos Cathedral
  11. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  12. Vizcaya Bridge
  13. Statue of Liberty
  14. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  15. Pompei
  16. Las Medulas
  17. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  18. Flemish Béguinages
  19. Camino Real
  20. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  21. Speyer Cathedral
  22. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  23. Lake Baikal
  24. Gros Morne National Park
  25. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  26. Brugge
  27. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  28. Thingvellir
  29. Huascaran National Park
  30. Poverty Point
  31. Pitons Management Area
  32. Mesa Verde
  33. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  34. Grand Place, Brussels
  35. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  36. Belfries
  37. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  38. Split
  39. Quito
  40. Greater Blue Mountains
  41. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  42. Vicenza
  43. Skocjan Caves
  44. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  45. La Fortaleza
  46. Grand Pré
  47. Botanical Garden, Padua
  48. White City of Tel-Aviv
  49. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  50. San Antonio Missions
  51. Olympia
  52. Kotor
  53. Great Smoky Mountains
  54. Colonia del Sacramento
  55. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  56. Venetian Works of Defence
  57. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  58. Petra
  59. Kinderdijk
  60. Galapagos Islands
  61. Budapest
  62. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  63. Sangay National Park
  64. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  65. Kremlin and Red Square
  66. Great Barrier Reef
  67. Brú na Bóinne
  68. Westminster
  69. Sintra
  70. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  71. Kew Gardens
  72. Göreme NP
  73. Blenheim Palace
  74. Wadi Rum
  75. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  76. Old City of Jerusalem
  77. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  78. Giant's Causeway
  79. Biblical Tells
  80. Vienna
  81. Schönbrunn
  82. Morne Trois Pitons
  83. Ironbridge Gorge
  84. Fortifications of Vauban
  85. Belem
  86. Versailles
  87. Siena
  88. Old Town Lunenburg
  89. L'Anse aux Meadows
  90. Forth Bridge
  91. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  92. Venice and its Lagoon
  93. San Marino and Mount Titano
  94. Nubian Monuments
  95. Independence Hall
  96. Florence
  97. Ayutthaya
  98. Vatican City
  99. Salzburg
  100. Novodevichy Convent
  101. Iguazu National Park
  102. Evora
  103. Ancient Thebes
  104. Um er-Rasas
  105. Rome
  106. New Lanark
  107. Iguacu
  108. Everglades
  109. Australian Convict Sites
  110. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  111. Royal Exhibition Building
  112. Nikko
  113. Istanbul
  114. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  115. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  116. Uluru
  117. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  118. Naples
  119. Ibiza
  120. Edinburgh
  121. Al Ain
  122. Turaif Quarter
  123. Rideau Canal
  124. Ephesus
  125. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  126. Historic Cairo
  127. Acropolis
  128. Tower of London
  129. Quseir Amra
  130. Mont-Saint-Michel
  131. Hawaii Volcanoes
  132. Costiera Amalfitana
  133. Yosemite National Park
  134. Tongariro National Park
  135. Québec
  136. Monticello
  137. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  138. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  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. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  12. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  13. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  14. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  15. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  16. Ellis Island (T)
  17. Flow Country (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  19. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  20. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  21. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  22. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  23. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  24. Khor Dubai (T)
  25. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  26. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  27. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  28. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  29. Mount Vernon (T)
  30. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  31. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  32. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  33. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  34. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  35. Rade de Marseille (T)
  36. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  37. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  38. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  39. Seoul City Wall (T)
  40. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  41. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  42. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  43. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  44. Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (T)
  45. St. George Fortified System (T)
  46. St. George Historic District (T)
  47. The Burren (T)
  48. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  49. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  50. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  51. The Ribeira Sacra, Lugo and Orense (T)
  52. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  53. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  54. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  55. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  56. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  57. Waitangi Treaty Grounds historic precinct (T)
  58. White Sands National Monument (T)

Reviewed TWHS

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