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Jodrell Bank Observatory

Jay T USA - 30-Dec-23

Jodrell Bank Observatory

I couldn't very well leave 2023 on an odd number of World Heritage Sites, so I took my car out for a two and a half hour drive today to the nearest World Heritage Site I had yet to visit: Jodrell Bank Observatory. The United Kingdom is replete with astronomical-associated World Heritage Sites, with perhaps the most complete range across history of any country, from Stonehenge and Avebury in the Neolithic, to Maritime Greenwich's Royal Observatory in the 18th and 19th centuries, to Jodrell Bank Observatory covering the mid to late 20th century. But the history of the site has been well-documented in other reviews, so I won't repeat it here. What's new is the visitor center, which opened in 2022, so I'll speak to that.

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Redwood

Jay T USA - 25-Dec-22

Redwood

O Mammutbaum, o Mammutbaum! How towering are your branches. The giant redwoods are truly majestic trees, and the Redwood National and State Parks in California are a superb location to admire the sheer size and beauty of these ancient evergreens. As referenced in other reviews, this World Heritage Site consists of Redwood National Park, as well as Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek state parks. A drive along the California coast on Route 101 between Eureka and Crescent City will take one right through the heart of these protected groves; it is an extremely memorable experience.

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Gwaii Haanas (T)

Jay T USA - 30-Sep-22

Gwaii Haanas (T)

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, located on the southern islands of Haida Gwaii, is a proposed extension to SG̱ang Gwaay, a World Heritage Site marking the cultural heritage of the Haida people who live throughout Haida Gwaii. I have to say right off that I am in favor of such an extension, since the Haida are letting SG̱ang Gwaay return to nature, which means that the remarkable memorial and mortuary poles there will one day be only memories.

What would an extension provide from a cultural perspective? Well, in addition to SG̱ang Gwaay, Gwaii Haanas includes four other Watchmen sites: villages with resident Haida interpreters who live on site during [...]

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SGang Gwaay

Jay T USA - 07-Sep-22

SGang Gwaay

The poles are still standing. It has been over fifteen years since the last review of SG̱ang Gwaay, but the remarkably carved memorial and mortuary poles that led to this site being inscribed on the World Heritage Site are still in place. Weathering and decay are taking their natural toll on the village, as the fine details on the poles continue to fade. As far as the Haida people who populate the islands of Haida Gwaii are concerned, however, this is an expected part of life and should not be prevented.

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Christiansfeld

Jay T USA - 03-Aug-22

Christiansfeld

I know much has been written about Christiansfeld already, but I don't yet see a review from the perspective of one who has visited a component of the proposed extension to the World Heritage Site before visiting Denmark. In the spring of 2021 I took a road trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to learn more about the Moravian Church Settlements Tentative World Heritage Site extension to Christiansfeld. I came away from the trip with a much richer understanding of the role of the Moravian Church in early America, and the innovations they brought to the young country. The trip gave me high hopes for my visit to Christiansfeld when I traveled to Denmark last month, but unfortunately I left disappointed.

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