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Joel Baldwin
Joel Baldwin.

Traveller, blogger and videographer from Australia, retired at 35 and travelling the world, aiming to visit every UNESCO World Heritage site.

Documenting our journey on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/WorldHeritageJourney

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Murujuga Cultural Landscape (T)

Joel Baldwin Australia - 22-Aug-22

Murujuga Cultural Landscape (T)

I'm going to put it out there right at the start of this review: the Murujuga Cultural Landscape is one of the most impressive collections of petroglyphs (rock carvings) I've ever seen. It would be justifiably world-renowned if it were located on other continents, and certainly ranks well above many of the other rock art collections already inscribed on the World Heritage List. So what is it?

The cultural [...]

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Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)

Joel Baldwin Australia - 21-Aug-22

Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)

For our visit to this Tentative site, we decided to visit São João Fortress at the entrance to Guanabara Bay in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Not that we had much choice in the matter, since most of the locations are further north, and we weren't heading that direction on this trip! The site is still an active military installation, so tours are available via pre-booked appointment only.

First off, it's one of the most beautiful fortresses I've ever visited. Not particularly for the quality of the stonework, the decorations, or anything like that, but simply for the location. It's essentially underneath Mt Sugarloaf (Pao de Azucar), in the rich and trendy Urca neighbourhood, and jutting out into the mouth of Guanabara Bay

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Sítio Roberto Burle Marx

Joel Baldwin Australia - 21-Aug-22

Sítio Roberto Burle Marx

As you travel through Brazil's World Heritage sites, the name Roberto Burle Marx keeps on popping up. Almost as much as Oscar Niemeyer! A world-renowned garden designer, landscape architect, botanist, conservationist, painter, and tapestry weaver, Burle Marx's work features in several other Brazilian WH sites including Brasilia, Pampulha, and Rio. So in a way, it was quite fortunate for us that visiting his estate home, studio, acreage, and artistic legacy on the outskirts of Rio came near the end of our Brazil trip, rather than at the start.

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ESMA Site Museum - Former Clandestine Centre of Detention, Torture, and Extermination (T)

Joel Baldwin Australia - 30-Jul-22

ESMA Site Museum - Former Clandestine Centre of Detention, Torture, and Extermination (T)

ESMA, the ESpacio MemoriA y Derechos Humanos (Human Rights and Memorial Space), belongs to a difficult category of Site. Like Auschwitz, Hiroshima, and the proposed sites of genocide memorial in Rwanda and WW1 memorials in Belgium/France, ESMA is dedicated to preserving the memory of a significant 20th century crime.

Located on the campus of the Naval Warfare School in leafy northern Buenos Aires, the main part of [...]

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Ujung Kulon National Park

Joel Baldwin Australia - 30-Jul-19

Ujung Kulon National Park

We visited the Anak Krakatau area in July 2018, and it seems much has changed since Clyde's review below. We accessed the site via the same method: a private 3 hour drive from Jakarta starting at 5am, followed by a bouncing 1.5 hour speedboat ride from Carita Beach. In December 2018, not long after Clyde's visit, the main cone of Anak Krakatau collapsed. A tsunami thundered into the mainland of Java, killing over 400 people and injuring thousands more.

The volcano itself lost about 250m of height, along with all of its trees. The island is now just a barren wasteland of hard-packed ash with canyons riven by rainwater

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 13.11.22
Rating Stats
Røros 2.5
Ahmadabad 1.5
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  2. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  3. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  4. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  5. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  6. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  7. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  8. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  9. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  10. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  11. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  12. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  13. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  14. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  15. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  16. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  17. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  18. ESMA Site Museum - Former Clandestine Centre of Detention, Torture, and Extermination (T)
  19. Flinders Ranges (T)
  20. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  21. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  22. Great Desert Landscapes (T)
  23. Great Sandy World Heritage Area (T)
  24. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  25. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  26. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  27. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  28. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  29. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston (T)
  30. Inle Lake (T)
  31. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  32. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  33. Khor Dubai (T)
  34. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  35. Lake Titicaca (T)
  36. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  37. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  38. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  39. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  40. Murujuga Cultural Landscape (T)
  41. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  42. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  43. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  44. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  45. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  46. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  47. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  48. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  49. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  50. Rural Temples of Cusco (T)
  51. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  52. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  53. Seoul City Wall (T)
  54. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  55. The Burren (T)
  56. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  57. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  58. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  59. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (extension to existing property) (T)
  60. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  61. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  62. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  63. The Lofoten islands (T)
  64. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  65. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  66. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  67. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  68. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  69. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay) (T)