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

Recently Visited WHS

Update 14.01.23
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
Vicenza 3.5
Al Ain 3
Belem 3
Naples 3
Kotor 2.5
Lima 2.5
Evora 2
  1. Redwood
  2. SGang Gwaay
  3. Christiansfeld
  4. Skogskyrkogarden
  5. Santo Domingo
  6. Zacatecas
  7. Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi
  8. Cahokia Mounds
  9. Yellowstone
  10. Valparaiso
  11. Stoclet House
  12. Rhodes
  13. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  14. Villa d'Este
  15. Tower of Hercules
  16. Segovia
  17. Rapa Nui
  18. Olympic National Park
  19. Machu Picchu
  20. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  21. Etruscan Necropolises
  22. Carlsbad Caverns
  23. Bamberg
  24. Würzburg Residence
  25. Valletta
  26. St. Petersburg
  27. Roman Walls of Lugo
  28. Popocatepetl monasteries
  29. Mount Etna
  30. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  31. Gulf of Porto
  32. El Escurial
  33. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  34. Aranjuez
  35. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  36. Toledo
  37. Santiago de Compostela
  38. Potsdam
  39. Neolithic Orkney
  40. Lima
  41. Gwynedd Castles
  42. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  43. Burgos Cathedral
  44. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  45. Vizcaya Bridge
  46. Statue of Liberty
  47. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  48. Pompei
  49. Las Medulas
  50. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  51. Flemish Béguinages
  52. Camino Real
  53. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  54. Speyer Cathedral
  55. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  56. Lake Baikal
  57. Gros Morne National Park
  58. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  59. Brugge
  60. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  61. Thingvellir
  62. Huascaran National Park
  63. Poverty Point
  64. Pitons Management Area
  65. Mesa Verde
  66. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  67. Grand Place, Brussels
  68. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  69. Belfries
  70. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  71. Split
  72. Quito
  73. Greater Blue Mountains
  74. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  75. Vicenza
  76. Skocjan Caves
  77. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  78. La Fortaleza
  79. Grand Pré
  80. Botanical Garden, Padua
  81. White City of Tel-Aviv
  82. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  83. San Antonio Missions
  84. Olympia
  85. Kotor
  86. Great Smoky Mountains
  87. Colonia del Sacramento
  88. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  89. Venetian Works of Defence
  90. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  91. Petra
  92. Kinderdijk
  93. Galapagos Islands
  94. Budapest
  95. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  96. Sangay National Park
  97. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  98. Kremlin and Red Square
  99. Great Barrier Reef
  100. Brú na Bóinne
  101. Westminster
  102. Sintra
  103. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  104. Kew Gardens
  105. Göreme NP
  106. Blenheim Palace
  107. Wadi Rum
  108. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  109. Old City of Jerusalem
  110. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  111. Giant's Causeway
  112. Biblical Tells
  113. Vienna
  114. Schönbrunn
  115. Morne Trois Pitons
  116. Ironbridge Gorge
  117. Fortifications of Vauban
  118. Belem
  119. Versailles
  120. Siena
  121. Old Town Lunenburg
  122. L'Anse aux Meadows
  123. Forth Bridge
  124. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  125. Venice and its Lagoon
  126. San Marino and Mount Titano
  127. Nubian Monuments
  128. Independence Hall
  129. Florence
  130. Ayutthaya
  131. Vatican City
  132. Salzburg
  133. Novodevichy Convent
  134. Iguazu National Park
  135. Evora
  136. Ancient Thebes
  137. Um er-Rasas
  138. Rome
  139. New Lanark
  140. Iguacu
  141. Everglades
  142. Australian Convict Sites
  143. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  144. Royal Exhibition Building
  145. Nikko
  146. Istanbul
  147. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  148. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  149. Uluru
  150. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  151. Naples
  152. Ibiza
  153. Edinburgh
  154. Al Ain
  155. Turaif Quarter
  156. Rideau Canal
  157. Ephesus
  158. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  159. Historic Cairo
  160. Acropolis
  161. Tower of London
  162. Quseir Amra
  163. Mont-Saint-Michel
  164. Hawaii Volcanoes
  165. Costiera Amalfitana
  166. Yosemite National Park
  167. Tongariro National Park
  168. Québec
  169. Monticello
  170. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  171. 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