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Hejaz Railway (T)

Martina Rúčková Slovakia - 30-Dec-22

Hejaz Railway (T)

Hejaz Railway is an interesting nomination and I would say my favourite in Saudi out of the four large serial ones (the three others are pilgrimage hajj routes). It's a coherent collection of sites with an interesting story and many places to see in still quite decent shape. The Hejaz railway was a narrow gauge railway, named after the Hijaz region of present-day Saudi Arabia through which it ran. It connected Damascus in present-day Syria with Medina in Saudi Arabia, with a branch line to Haifa (present-day Israel). It was part of the Ottoman railway network and its original purpose was to connect Damascus and Mecca with Istanbul. The builders' grandiose plans were thwarted by the First World War; only the Damascus-Medina line, which was 1,300 kilometres long, was built

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Egyptian Hajj Road (T)

Martina Rúčková Slovakia - 30-Dec-22

Egyptian Hajj Road (T)

Another of the serial nominations for three pilgrimage roads to Mecca, and this one actually ends in Mecca, not Medina as Dar Zubaydah and Syrian Hajj road do. Egyptian Hajj road allowed pilgrims not only from Egypt, but also other North and Central African countries and even Sicily, visit the two holy cities. The stops are on the Saudi Red Sea Coast, some a few tens of kilometres inland. They include traditional pilgrim infrastructure such as forts, castles, bridges, reservoirs, mosques, markets, etc. Nomination file says Islamic inscriptions and commemorative writings can be found there. What's interesting, there have been waves of using the road, then it fell into disuse when it was preferable to the pilgrims to sail the Red Sea instead.

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Syrian Hajj Road (T)

Martina Rúčková Slovakia - 30-Dec-22

Syrian Hajj Road (T)

Syrian Hajj road is another of the long-winded multi-site serial nomination to be inscribed, along with Dar Zubaydah (Saudi-Iraqi road) and Egyptian road. This pilgrimage route connected Mecca and Medina with Syrian capital Damascus and measured 1307 kilometres in length. It was also called Attabukiya. It consists of places of refuge for pilgrims and security posts (forts, castles), markets (pilgrims took different products and wares from their country to trade at these places, changing items of value into local currency to fund their pilgrimage), bridges, canals and water reservoirs. 

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The Ancient Walled Oases of Northern Arabia (T)

Martina Rúčková Slovakia - 29-Dec-22

The Ancient Walled Oases of Northern Arabia (T)

From the petroglyphs and Ha'il, it's another two hundred kilometres to of Dawmat al Jandal. It's not very touristy, but it was the largest town on the way to Tabuk with several hotels to choose from. Overall, as far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, the north of the country, specifically these parts, aren't very busy - the petroglyphs are usually the northernmost the average tourist will go. 

Dawmat Al-Jandal was nominated quite this year under the name Ancient Fortified Oases of Northern Arabia, along with Tayma, Qurayyah and Ha'il

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Rock Art in the Hail Region

Martina Rúčková Slovakia - 29-Dec-22

Rock Art in the Hail Region

To see the rock art, we headed north from Buraydah, through the town of Ha'il to the smaller resort of Jubbah. There are two sites for the rock art: Jabal Umm Siman in Jubbah, where we went, and the slightly more remote Jabal Al-Manjor/Jabal Raat double site. Jubbah is also one of the smaller towns in the northern part of Saudi Arabia. There are a few signs pointing from the main road towards a place with rock paintings, but the end of the road has to be navigated using any of the online or offline maps.

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  1. Alisadr Cave (T)
  2. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  3. Ancient City of Kaunos (T)
  4. Ancient City of Stratonikeia (T)
  5. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  6. Archaeological site of Laodikeia (T)
  7. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  8. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  9. Bashkir Ural (T)
  10. Bet She'an (T)
  11. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  12. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  13. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  14. Caesarea (T)
  15. Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior with the Medieval Rampart City Wall of Pereslavl-Zalessky (1152-1157) (T)
  16. Central Park (T)
  17. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  18. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  19. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  20. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  21. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  22. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  23. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  24. Dana Biosphere Reserve (T)
  25. Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)
  26. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  27. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (T)
  28. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  29. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  30. Egyptian Hajj Road (T)
  31. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  32. El Fayoum (T)
  33. Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin (T)
  34. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  35. Fann mountains (T)
  36. Firuzabad Ensemble (T)
  37. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  38. Fungal Flora of Bukovské Hills (T)
  39. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  40. Gemer and Abov churches with the medieval mural paintings (T)
  41. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  42. Hegmataneh (T)
  43. Hejaz Railway (T)
  44. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  45. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  46. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  47. Jerusalem (T)
  48. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  49. Kekova (T)
  50. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  51. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  52. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  53. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  54. Krasnoyarsk Stolby (T)
  55. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  56. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  57. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  58. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  59. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  60. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  61. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  62. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  63. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  64. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  65. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  66. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  67. Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" (T)
  68. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  69. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  70. Mausoleum and Sacred area of Hecatomnus (T)
  71. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  72. Medieval City of Beçin (T)
  73. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  74. Mission Ruins of Venn's Town (T)
  75. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  76. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  77. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  78. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  79. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  80. Old Wastewater Treatment Plant in Prague-Bubeneč (T)
  81. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  82. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  83. Orvieto (T)
  84. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  85. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  86. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  87. Renaissance Houses at Slavonice (T)
  88. Rijal Almaa Heritage Village in Assir Region (T)
  89. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  90. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  91. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  92. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  93. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  94. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  95. Shush (T)
  96. Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan (T)
  97. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  98. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  99. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  100. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  101. St. Nicholas Church (T)
  102. Syrian Hajj Road (T)
  103. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  104. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slovak) (T)
  105. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  106. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  107. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  108. Testament of Kenozero Lake (T)
  109. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  110. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  111. The Ancient Walled Oases of Northern Arabia (T)
  112. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  113. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  114. The Betlém Rock Sculptures near Kuks (T)
  115. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  116. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  117. The Fortress of Terezín (T)
  118. The Hajj Pilgrimage Routes: The Darb Zubaydah (Saudi)) (T)
  119. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  120. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  121. The Historical Port City of Izmir (T)
  122. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  123. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  124. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  125. The Lofoten islands (T)
  126. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  127. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  128. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  129. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  130. The Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  131. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  132. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  133. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  134. Umm al-Jimal (T)
  135. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  136. Virgin Komi Forests (re-nomination) (T)
  137. Vyatskoe village (T)
  138. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  139. Western Caucasus (re-nomination) (T)
  140. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  141. Zee Ain Heritage Village in Al-Baha Region (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