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Old Fourah Bay College Building (T)

Michael Novins United States - 27-Nov-18

Old Fourah Bay College Building (T)

In November 2018, I visited Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, which as its name might reveal was established in the eighteenth century as a settlement for freed slaves.  By the early nineteenth century Freetown had became a British Crown colony, and I tracked down several of the remaining colonial-era buildings, including the original building at Fourah Bay College, the oldest college in West Africa, just a short walk from the National Railway Museum.  I made my arrangement with Bimbola Carrol at VSL Travel.

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Western Area Peninsula National Park (T)

Michael Novins United States - 27-Nov-18

Western Area Peninsula National Park (T)

In November 2018, I spent two days at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary on the outskirts of Freetown, which works to rescue and rehabilitate chimpanzees orphaned by the illegal pet trade or the slaughter of their mothers for bushmeat. I made my arrangement with Bimbola Carrol at VSL Travel.

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Nubian Monuments

Michael Novins United States - 31-Oct-18

Nubian Monuments

In October 2018, I made a day trip from Aswan to visit Abu Simbel, two massive rock temples in Nubia, near Egypt’s southern border with Sudan. The twin temples were carved out of the mountainside more than 3,000 years ago, but eventually became buried by Sahara desert sand and forgotten until 1813, when found by the same Swiss orientalist who discovered Petra just a year before. But it’s Abu Simbel’s recent history that’s mind boggling. In the 1960s, Egypt began constructing the Aswan High Dam to control Nile flooding, provide water for irrigation and generate hydroelectricity, but whose rising waters would submerge the temples. It was decided to relocate the temples to higher ground

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Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)

Michael Novins United States - 31-Oct-18

Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)

In October 2018, I made a day trip from Amman to Jerash, one of the largest and most well preserved Roman ruins outside Rome, and the second most inexcusable omission by UNESCO from its list of World Heritage Sites (after the temples of Bagan).

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Pyramids (Memphis)

Michael Novins United States - 31-Oct-18

Pyramids (Memphis)

I have visited the Giza Plateau a few times, most recently in October 2018.  I entered the Giza Plateau just as it was opening and headed to the Great Sphinx, one of the world’s most ancient, largest and, with the body of a lion and head of a pharaoh, oddest monumental sculptures. After 4,500 years, the most popular view of the Sphinx has become that from Pizza Hut.

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Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Amritsar
  2. Bagan
  3. Chicago School of Architecture
  4. Copper Canyon
  5. Death Valley National Park
  6. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  7. Dzongs of Bhutan
  8. Ephesus
  9. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  10. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  11. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  12. Minoan palaces of Crete
  13. Nan Madol
  14. Okavango Delta
  15. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  16. Scrovegni's Chapel
  17. Tanna Island
  18. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  19. Torres del Paine National Park
  20. Varanasi

Top 200 WHS

  1. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  2. Djenné
  3. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  4. Acropolis
  5. Agrigento
  6. Ephesus
  7. Villa Romana del Casale
  8. Pompei
  9. Baalbek
  10. Leptis Magna
  11. Segovia
  12. Amphitheater of El Jem
  13. Pont du Gard
  14. Timgad
  15. Volubilis
  16. Mérida
  17. Aleppo
  18. Historic Cairo
  19. Damascus
  20. Medina of Marrakesh
  21. Medina of Fez
  22. Samarkand
  23. Bukhara
  24. Kathmandu Valley
  25. Luang Prabang
  26. Ajanta Caves
  27. Sigiriya
  28. Potala Palace
  29. Borobudur
  30. Mogao Caves
  31. Longmen Grottoes
  32. Pyramids (Memphis)
  33. Taj Mahal
  34. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  35. Göreme NP
  36. Lalibela
  37. Bethlehem
  38. Meteora
  39. Vatican City
  40. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  41. Saint Catherine Area
  42. Mont-Saint-Michel
  43. Westminster
  44. Chartres Cathedral
  45. Cologne Cathedral
  46. Rila Monastery
  47. Canterbury
  48. Amiens Cathedral
  49. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  50. Sydney Opera House
  51. Kremlin and Red Square
  52. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  53. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  54. Cliff of Bandiagara
  55. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  56. Meroe
  57. Ouro Preto
  58. Melaka and George Town
  59. Cartagena
  60. Quito
  61. Antigua Guatemala
  62. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  63. Churches and Convents of Goa
  64. Guanajuato
  65. Salvador de Bahia
  66. Old Town of Galle
  67. Island of Saint-Louis
  68. Panamá
  69. Colonia del Sacramento
  70. Old Havana
  71. Lima
  72. Sucre
  73. Uluru
  74. Ancient villages of Northern Syria
  75. Rio de Janeiro
  76. Fujisan
  77. Namib Sand Sea
  78. Virunga National Park
  79. Monticello
  80. Ancient Thebes
  81. Grand Canyon
  82. Ancient Kyoto
  83. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  84. Komodo National Park
  85. Aldabra Atoll
  86. Galapagos Islands
  87. Yellowstone
  88. Ngorongoro
  89. Serengeti
  90. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  91. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  92. Cape Floral Region
  93. Redwood
  94. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  95. Tasmanian Wilderness
  96. Ilulissat Icefjord
  97. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  98. Mahabalipuram
  99. Temple of Heaven
  100. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  101. Qutb Minar
  102. Selimiye Mosque
  103. Ha Long Bay
  104. Tsingy de Bemaraha
  105. Cuzco
  106. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  107. West Norwegian Fjords
  108. Rock Islands
  109. Great Barrier Reef
  110. Peninsula Valdes
  111. Socotra Archipelago
  112. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  113. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  114. Maritime Greenwich
  115. Siena
  116. Granada
  117. Dubrovnik
  118. Cracow
  119. Vienna
  120. Brugge
  121. Budapest
  122. Cesky Krumlov
  123. Seville
  124. Auschwitz Birkenau
  125. Genbaku Dome
  126. Statue of Liberty
  127. Agra Fort
  128. Crac des Chevaliers
  129. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  130. Himeji-jo
  131. Great Wall
  132. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  133. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  134. Sagarmatha National Park
  135. Kilimanjaro National Park
  136. Machu Picchu
  137. Persepolis
  138. Petra
  139. Nemrut Dag
  140. Palmyra
  141. Rapa Nui
  142. Imperial Palace
  143. Versailles
  144. Schönbrunn
  145. Fontainebleau
  146. Lower Valley of the Awash
  147. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  148. Sabratha
  149. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  150. Florence
  151. St. Petersburg
  152. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  153. Grand Place, Brussels
  154. Mesa Verde
  155. Teotihuacan
  156. Tikal National Park
  157. Chichen-Itza
  158. Palenque
  159. El Tajin
  160. Stonehenge
  161. Nasca Lines
  162. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  163. Kakadu National Park
  164. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  165. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  166. Pantanal
  167. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  168. Victoria Falls
  169. Lake Baikal
  170. Okavango Delta
  171. Iguazu National Park
  172. Lake Malawi
  173. Everglades
  174. Altamira Cave
  175. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  176. Angkor
  177. Ellora Caves
  178. Mountain Railways of India
  179. Venice and its Lagoon
  180. Istanbul
  181. Rome
  182. Old City of Jerusalem
  183. Sana'a
  184. Prague
  185. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  186. City of Bath
  187. Edinburgh
  188. Naples
  189. The trulli of Alberobello
  190. Hawaii Volcanoes
  191. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  192. Giant's Causeway