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St. Petersburg

Jay T USA - 18-Mar-20

St. Petersburg

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments is easily my favorite of all World Heritage Sites I've seen in Russia. This 300-year-old city was wrested from swamps to become a capital, much like a city started later that century half a world away and much closer to home for me. Saint Petersburg is a feast for travelers, replete with history, culture, and architecture.

Saint Petersburg was a dream made manifest by Peter the Great, who envisioned a great European city built upon the Neva River delta looking westward. This city is a joy to explore on foot, from the broad avenue of Nevsky Prospekt to the grand square in front of the Winter Palace, home to the renowned Hermitage Museum; from Vasilievsky Island to the Peter and Paul Fortress; from St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Bronze Horseman statue, commemorating famed poet Alexander Pushkin's ode to the city founder, to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, built atop the site where assassins finally succeeded in killing Tsar Alexander II, a tsar who sought change too fast for some, but too slow for others. Change and revolution are common themes to Saint Petersburg

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Roman Walls of Lugo

Jay T USA - 11-Mar-20

Roman Walls of Lugo

The Romans left a mark on northwestern Spain that can still be seen today in bridges, ancient villages, gold mines, a lighthouse, and, most spectacularly, the Roman Walls of Lugo. I visited the latter when hiking parts of the Camino Primitivo in May 2019. This is one of two World Heritage Sites I visited on that trip to Spain that were famed for their walls (the other, Avila), and I have to say I preferred these walls. I circumnavigated Lugo twice, once following the perimeter at ground level, and once on the ramparts. Both trips gave a good perspective of the walls' height and width, which really must be seen to be appreciated. In the evening, quite a lot of locals come out for exercise jogging or walking around the walls

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Popocatepetl monasteries

Jay T USA - 19-Feb-20

Popocatepetl monasteries

Volcanoes bring tremendous change to their environments, and fittingly the 16th-century monasteries established around the active volcano Popocatépetl, southeast of Mexico city, effected tremendous cultural change on the peoples of Mesoamerica. Here missionaries settled in concert with Spanish colonists, helping to establish the Catholic church as a dominant force in Mexican life.

I'm afraid I am not much more original than other visitors to this World Heritage Site, as I chose to visit the Cuernavaca Cathedral en route to Xochicalco, and hoped to visit the Convent of the Nativity in Tepoztlán before returning to Mexico City. I arrived early in the morning and was able to walk around the grounds of the cathedral complex before many other tourists arrived. The church was simply furnished, with walls decorated with murals, some of which depict Christianity coming to East Asia. The outdoor patio was beautifully landscaped, and the chapels around the church were brightly painted and well maintained

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Mount Etna

Jay T USA - 12-Feb-20

Mount Etna

Last November I was rather excited that planning worked out and that my 200th World Heritage Site would be a natural site: Mount Etna. I had scheduled a day tour that would include an organized 4x4 vehicle drive into the core zone, but I had not counted on three factors: 1) November is within the off season for visitors; 2) the weather on the mountain can be unpredictable; and 3) my day tour was cancelled before I arrived due to a lack of other participants. I regrouped and joined a half day tour that also visited Taormina, but I couldn't help but feel let down about not getting a proper tour of the volcano.

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Luis Barragán House and Studio

Jay T USA - 05-Feb-20

Luis Barragán House and Studio

It's a bit of an education incorporating World Heritage Sites into travel. When I took a trip to Mexico City in January 2017, I knew I'd be viewing several sites dedicated to meso-American civilizations, some dedicated to Spanish colonialism, and hopefully a natural site dedicated to the monarch butterfly migration. I also included a visit to a 20th century site honoring a Mexican architect obscure to me, even through he was the second architect to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize: The Luis Barragán House and Studio.

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Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
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Badlands National Park: A North American Prairie

Recently Visited WHS

Update 07.03.20
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
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. St. Petersburg
  2. Roman Walls of Lugo
  3. Popocatepetl monasteries
  4. Mount Etna
  5. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  6. Gulf of Porto
  7. El Escurial
  8. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  9. Aranjuez
  10. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  11. Toledo
  12. Santiago de Compostela
  13. Potsdam
  14. Neolithic Orkney
  15. Lima
  16. Gwynedd Castles
  17. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  18. Burgos Cathedral
  19. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  20. Vizcaya Bridge
  21. Statue of Liberty
  22. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  23. Pompei
  24. Las Medulas
  25. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  26. Flemish Béguinages
  27. Camino Real
  28. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  29. Speyer Cathedral
  30. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  31. Lake Baikal
  32. Gros Morne National Park
  33. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  34. Brugge
  35. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  36. Thingvellir
  37. Huascaran National Park
  38. Poverty Point
  39. Pitons Management Area
  40. Mesa Verde
  41. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  42. Grand Place, Brussels
  43. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  44. Belfries
  45. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  46. Split
  47. Quito
  48. Greater Blue Mountains
  49. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  50. Vicenza
  51. Skocjan Caves
  52. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  53. La Fortaleza
  54. Grand Pré
  55. Botanical Garden, Padua
  56. White City of Tel-Aviv
  57. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  58. San Antonio Missions
  59. Olympia
  60. Kotor
  61. Great Smoky Mountains
  62. Colonia del Sacramento
  63. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  64. Venetian Works of Defence
  65. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  66. Petra
  67. Kinderdijk
  68. Galapagos Islands
  69. Budapest
  70. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  71. Sangay National Park
  72. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  73. Kremlin and Red Square
  74. Great Barrier Reef
  75. Brú na Bóinne
  76. Westminster
  77. Sintra
  78. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  79. Kew Gardens
  80. Göreme NP
  81. Blenheim Palace
  82. Wadi Rum
  83. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  84. Old City of Jerusalem
  85. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  86. Giant's Causeway
  87. Biblical Tells
  88. Vienna
  89. Schönbrunn
  90. Morne Trois Pitons
  91. Ironbridge Gorge
  92. Fortifications of Vauban
  93. Belem
  94. Versailles
  95. Siena
  96. Old Town Lunenburg
  97. L'Anse aux Meadows
  98. Forth Bridge
  99. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  100. Venice and its Lagoon
  101. San Marino and Mount Titano
  102. Nubian Monuments
  103. Independence Hall
  104. Florence
  105. Ayutthaya
  106. Vatican City
  107. Salzburg
  108. Novodevichy Convent
  109. Iguazu National Park
  110. Evora
  111. Ancient Thebes
  112. Um er-Rasas
  113. Rome
  114. New Lanark
  115. Iguacu
  116. Everglades
  117. Australian Convict Sites
  118. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  119. Royal Exhibition Building
  120. Nikko
  121. Istanbul
  122. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  123. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  124. Uluru
  125. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  126. Naples
  127. Ibiza
  128. Edinburgh
  129. Al Ain
  130. Turaif Quarter
  131. Rideau Canal
  132. Ephesus
  133. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  134. Historic Cairo
  135. Acropolis
  136. Tower of London
  137. Quseir Amra
  138. Mont-Saint-Michel
  139. Hawaii Volcanoes
  140. Costiera Amalfitana
  141. Yosemite National Park
  142. Tongariro National Park
  143. Québec
  144. Monticello
  145. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  146. 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 (Germany) (T)
  20. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  21. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  22. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  23. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  24. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  25. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  26. Khor Dubai (T)
  27. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  28. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  29. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  30. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  31. Mount Vernon (T)
  32. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  33. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  34. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  35. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  36. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  37. Rade de Marseille (T)
  38. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  39. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  40. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  41. Seoul City Wall (T)
  42. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  43. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  44. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  45. Slate Industry of North Wales (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 historic precinct (T)
  60. 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