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Wadi Feiran (T)

Lauren USA - 02-Jan-21

Like the other Egyptian tentative sites from this period, the description is not very clear.  This makes it difficult to visit, because you aren’t exactly sure what would be the component parts if it were actually listed.

Wadi Feran is a large valley that stretches along a portion of the main road between St. Catherine and the western edge of the Sinai Peninsula. When traveling back from St. Catherine to Sharm, I asked the driver to take the long way to stop at Wadi Feran and to see some of the sites along the way. Several monastic ruins can be viewed from the road, and I visited the Greek Orthodox Convent, Deir el Banat, and saw the ruins behind the working convent.

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Rutho Monastery (T)

Lauren USA - 02-Jan-21

Rutho, more commonly spelled Raitho, Monastery is a 4th century monastic site in the town of El Tur on the Sinai Peninsula.

Like the other tentative list sites on the Sinai Peninsula, there is very little information about the monastery (which is now a dependency of St. Catherine’s Monastery).  Like other monasteries in Egypt, there is generally a modern working church/monastery and nearby ruins of the historic monastery.

When traveling from St. Catherine’s back to Sharm, I asked the driver to stop by El Tur. You can see the old monastic site from the road, and I took a few pictures. However, the guards said that the site was closed and were not happy that I was taking pictures

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Kilimanjaro National Park

Lauren USA - 06-Dec-20

Kilimanjaro National Park is centered around Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Tanzania and in Africa at 19,341 ft / 5895 m.  A dormant volcano (and the world's largest free-standing volcano), Kilimanjaro towers over an otherwise relatively flat area.  The mountain is big enough to create its own weather patterns.  When the mountain isn't covered in clouds, you get a stunning view of it from the nearest town, Moshi; though I've heard you can spend days in Moshi without ever seeing it.

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Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex

Lauren USA - 19-Nov-19

I made it a goal to visit all of the UNESCO sites in Peru and as many of the tentative sites as I could during a five-week trip in 2014.  Of all of the sites, Chankillo was by far the most challenging to visit because of the lack of infrastructure and information online.  When I saw that it's being put forward for a nomination in the near future, I figured it was time for a review.

Chankillo is an astronomical complex in western Peru, about half way between Trujillo and Lima

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Grand-Bassam

Lauren USA - 19-Nov-19

Grand-Bassam

Grand Bassam is a beach town about 45 minutes away from Abidjan.  Its UNESCO status comes from the fact that it was a French colonial capital for a few years in the late 1800s.  The capital was moved inland soon after it was established due to an outbreak of yellow fever, leaving behind a cluster of French colonial buildings that still remain today.  Most of the site is on a barrier island.  There was significant flooding in Grand Bassam in October 2019.  When I visited in mid-November, the water levels were still high on the inland side, but water had cleared from the streets and there were few signs of damage.

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Lauren
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Rating Stats
Matera 4.5
Kondoa 4
El Tajin 3.5
Byblos 3
Anjar 2.5
Butrint 2.5
Chavin 2.5
Uluru 2
Atapuerca 1.5
Abu Mena 0.5
  1. Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)
  2. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  3. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  4. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  5. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  6. Cattolica Monastery in Stilo and Basilian-Byzantine complexes (T)
  7. Cuetzalan and its Historical, Cultural and Natural Surrounding (T)
  8. Dahab (T)
  9. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  10. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  11. Desert National Park (T)
  12. Gebel Qatrani Area, Lake Qaroun Nature Reserve (T)
  13. Great Desert Landscapes (T)
  14. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  15. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  16. Kakum National Park (T)
  17. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  18. Lake Titicaca (T)
  19. Les tombes de la Basse Selca (T)
  20. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  21. Parc National de la Serra da Bocaina (Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro) (T)
  22. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  23. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  24. Pre-Hispanic City of Cantona (T)
  25. Ras Mohammed (T)
  26. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  27. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  28. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  29. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  30. The Ancient City of Apollonia (T)
  31. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  32. The Lower Palaeolithic Palaeosurfaces at Isernia-La Pineta and Notarchirico (T)
  33. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  34. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  35. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  36. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)