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Landscapes of Dauria

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 13-Sep-20

Landscapes of Dauria

Searching high and low for unvisited WHSs in Russia, we followed a visit to Sikhote-Alin to a visit to Dauria on the Russian side. From what we understood, the most interesting aspect of the site are lakes that dry out and then refill with water in 30 year cycles. Those attract many interesting species of birds and the stepe is a wonderful place to look for all kinds of fauna and flora. However, as for the lakes, that's a visit to be planned well in advance - they are located in the border zone and you have to file an entry permit with Russian FSB - not a problem, but it takes 60 days to be issued. We did not have luxury of such time advance as we planned a trip something like three weeks before we departed

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Central Sikhote-Alin

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 07-Sep-20

Central Sikhote-Alin

Desperate times call for desperate measures. So when Ivan and I got stuck in Russia for a progressively longer and longer time, we started not only revisiting old Russian WHSs, but thought about visiting the new ones too. Not many left, but we did what we could and Ivan planned a week-long trip along regions of Russian Far East.

Having been to Kamchatka and Lena Pillars already, it was Sikhote-Alin Natural reserve that remain to be visited. Your hub will be Vladivostok. From there, there are three ways of getting in and out of Terney, a gateway to the park. One is comfortable, another two are weatherproof. September is said to be the best weatherwise, so we chose the comfortable one - with a small De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft on a daily line between Vladivostok and Terney, operated by Aurora Airlines, a subsidiary of Aeroflot. Prices are subsidized by the government and a plane ticket (2600 rubles) is actually cheaper than 14-hour bus ride (3000 rubles). The bus to and from Vladivostok departs twice a day: in the morning and in the evening

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The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 05-Feb-20

The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)

If there is a tentative site I would recommend Slovakia pushing for nomination, it would be the Chatam Sofer memorial, which for me combines several reasons of outstanding value: not only is it an important pilgrimage place for many Jews as it is a place where Moshe Sofer is burried - he was a very important Orthodox Rabbi and a founder of Bratislava's yeshiva that was moved to Jerusalem after WWII.

The Memorial is also a testament to preservation of an Old Jewish Cemetery despite efforts to destroy it completely. The area around the Bratislava Castle historically was a place where Jews could settle. However, in 1940s and afterwards new town planning projects were drawn - one constructed the bridge across river Danube (the one with the flying saucer) which caused a large part of the Old Jewish town to be demolished to make space for the access road to the bridge. Another "great" idea was to remove the Jewish cemetery to make space for a tunnel. The local community was somehow able to convince the authorities to at lease preserve a section of 23 most important tombs (including one of Chatam Sofer) - it was enclosed in concrete, below the surface of the new road

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Sambor Prei Kuk

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 04-Feb-20

Sambor Prei Kuk

We visited Sambor Prei Kuk on the second out of three days of our Siem Reap Stay. Starting early again it took us about two and half hours to reach the place. Some of our fellow WHS hunters-gathereres noted their driver was similarly surprised by the place and took pictures. Ours was seasoned and told us stories of Khmer Rouge militants stopping the cars and asking tourists for money and cigarettes some years ago. Nowadays, fortunately, the whole area is cleared and safe to visit, no problems occur anymore.

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Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 05-Feb-20

Piggybacking on Matejicek's review, I would like to pipe in as a local. Slovenský raj is part of the Slovenský kras (Slovak karst) area in the East Slovakia and is considered one of the best places to hike as the hikes are interesting: they glide alongst waterfalls and contain loads of iron elements: steps, rails, chains. Some of them are proper ferratas, so you will not be able to get on them without proper equipment (harness and helmet). It is the best place to take your kids hiking and they might not find it that boring. Having said that, in summer season it will be quite full and if you don't wake up early enough, you will be waiting in slowly moving lines... imagine similiar situation in Plitvice lakes but on a steeper hill

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Historic City of Rome
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Oxford

Recently Visited WHS

Update 12.09.20
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Granada 4.5
Hampi 4.5
Matera 4.5
Prague 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Belem 4
Brugge 4
Cracow 4
Hoi An 4
Hué 4
Naples 4
Oporto 4
Paphos 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Toledo 4
Visby 4
Anjar 3.5
Assisi 3.5
Avila 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Bisotun 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Burgundy 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Delos 3.5
El Tajin 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Le Morne 3.5
Lyon 3.5
Lübeck 3.5
Masada 3.5
Mostar 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Pienza 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Puebla 3.5
Reims 3.5
Rhodes 3.5
Riga 3.5
Shushtar 3.5
Split 3.5
Tequila 3.5
Torun 3.5
Trier 3.5
Trogir 3.5
Troy 3.5
Vat Phou 3.5
Verona 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Warsaw 3.5
Zacatecas 3.5
Arles 3
Bolgar 3
Byblos 3
Corvey 3
Elvas 3
Genoa 3
Kyiv 3
L'viv 3
Nancy 3
Qalhat 3
Røros 3
Telc 3
Tyre 3
Urbino 3
Yazd 3
Zamosc 3
Al Ain 2.5
Evora 2.5
Graz 2.5
Ibiza 2.5
Ivrea 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Kandy 2.5
Kernavë 2.5
Liverpool 2.5
Maymand 2.5
Modena 2.5
My Son 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Tamgaly 2.5
Vlkolinec 2.5
Corfu 2
Nisa 2
Sarazm 2
Susa 2
Trebic 2
Battir 1.5
Schokland 1.5
  1. Alisadr Cave (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  4. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  5. Bashkir Ural (T)
  6. Bet She'an (T)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  8. Caesarea (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  11. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  12. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  13. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  14. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  15. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  16. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  17. Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)
  18. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  19. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (T)
  20. Eglises romanes d'Andorre (T)
  21. Ensemble historique de Santa Coloma (T)
  22. Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin (T)
  23. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" (T)
  24. Fann mountains (T)
  25. Firuzabad Ensemble (T)
  26. Fungal Flora of Bukovské Hills (T)
  27. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  28. Gemer and Abov churches with the medieval mural paintings (T)
  29. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  30. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  31. Hegmataneh (T)
  32. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  33. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  34. Jerusalem (T)
  35. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  36. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  37. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  38. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  39. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  40. Krasnoyarsk Stolby (T)
  41. Kyiv: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (T)
  42. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  43. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  44. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  45. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  46. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo (T)
  47. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  48. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  49. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  50. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  51. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  52. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  53. Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" (T)
  54. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  55. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  56. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  57. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  58. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  59. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  60. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  61. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  62. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  63. Orvieto (T)
  64. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  65. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  66. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  67. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  68. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  69. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  70. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  71. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  72. Shush (T)
  73. Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan (T)
  74. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  75. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  76. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  77. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  78. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  79. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  80. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  81. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  82. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  83. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  84. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  85. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  86. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  87. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  88. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  89. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  90. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  91. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  92. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  93. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  94. Virgin Komi Forests (re-nomination) (T)
  95. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  96. Western Caucasus (re-nomination) (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Chernobyl
  2. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  3. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  4. Divided Cities along the German Border
  5. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Minoan palaces of Crete
  8. Modern Legacy of Vienna
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Olympic Park in Munich
  11. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  12. Transiberian Railway