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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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Skogskyrkogarden

Jay T USA - 20-Jul-22

Skogskyrkogarden

I suppose I should thank Haruki Murakami for putting the tune Norwegian Wood in my head when I visited Skogskyrkogården last month. Nevermind the fact that I was actually in Sweden, in a bucolic corner of its largest city -- the tune stuck with me as I wandered through the pines and birches, passing rows of graves. This was perhaps the most lasting memory of my visit to this Woodland Cemetery, and it was a good one.

I arrived at Skogskyrkogården in the golden hours of the second longest day of the year. A small waterfall tucked into the entry wall provided an appropriate sense of repose, allowing me to leave a busy day of sightseeing in the past. Skogskyrkogården opens up into a large grassy field, and the granite cross and the Woodland Crematorium and its chapels were illuminated by the setting sun as I approached them. The only other visitors I saw were coming down from Almhöjden, the meditation grove at the top of the hill to the right of the entrance, so I headed up there next to survey the grounds while they were still well-lit. Birds were calling in the trees, and I had a clear view of the crematorium reflected in its adjacent pond

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