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Michael Turtle

I'm a travel journalist and blogger who started counting World Heritage Sites in 2011. Often I try to visit the sites as part of other trips - although sometimes I will go to a country just with the mission to see as many as possible.

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Petra Michael Turtle

Petra by Michael Turtle

It probably goes without saying that Petra is an incredible site - one of the best in the world. I had high expectations before arriving and my visit exceeded them!

I spent about 10 hours at the site over just one day. I arrived with a tour group at about 6am and we toured around the main sights together until about 11am. Then I had another five hours on my own.

My first recommendation would be to get there early. It was magical arriving really early in the morning before other tourists arrived. Having the walk through the canyon without the crowds and then seeing the treasury (and being able to take photos) with nobody in front of me was incredible. I won't forget it soon!

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Sintra Michael Turtle

Sintra by Michael Turtle

I decided to do a one day trip to Sintra from Lisbon. I think this is the minimum amount of time you should spend there. In retrospect, I wish I had done two days there - either staying overnight in Sintra town or catching the train back again from Lisbon.

It's a beautiful landscape with so much to see. I found it fascinating to see the evolution of the site from the period of the Moors, through the Medieval years, up to the Romantic 19th century and even into the way Sintra is used today.

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Pont du Gard Michael Turtle

Pont du Gard by Michael Turtle

Although the Pont du Gard is not near to any main towns, it is definitely worth the effort to go and visit. It's quite an awe-inspiring site to see the scale of the bridge in person and I did a lot of walking around to get views of the structure from different perspectives.

The admission cost is quite reasonable and I would highly recommend getting the ticket that gives you access to the museum and takes you on a guided tour of the aqueduct channel on the top level of the bridge. The museum has excellent exhibitions that explain the history of the site, and I don't think you can really appreciate how it works until you walk along the top level.

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Rome Michael Turtle

Rome by Michael Turtle

I'm not sure what I can say you you wouldn't already know about Rome. It's an incredible city full of history and heritage. The struggle here, I imagine, was choosing what to leave out of the WHS listing.

I have been to Rome a few times but on my most recent trip, made the effort to see parts of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that I hadn't seen before. I found it really interesting to go deeper into the history and concentrate on just one or two of the important sites in the city. I think if you rush through Rome then you don't do it justice.

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Preah Vihear Temple Michael Turtle

Preah Vihear Temple by Michael Turtle

It's not an easy place to get to but it's worth the effort. I organised a driver from Siem Reap and that was definitely the easiest way to do it. Although there's a lot of military around, there was no hassle getting into the site.

It's a really interesting site and there's a fair amount to see. A few hours is enough time to get around it all properly, though. I would definitely recommend making the side trip from Angkor to also see Preah Vihear.

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Name: Michael Turtle

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 271

Most Impressive: Iguazu

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

Update 2018-06-16 11:11:44

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  3. Acropolis
  4. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  5. Ancient Kyoto
  6. Ancient Nara
  7. Ancient Thebes
  8. Angkor
  9. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  10. Anuradhapura
  11. Aranjuez
  12. Arequipa
  13. Assisi
  14. Auschwitz Birkenau
  15. Australian Convict Sites
  16. Ayutthaya
  17. Bamberg
  18. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  19. Baroque Churches
  20. Bauhaus Sites
  21. Beemster Polder
  22. Belem
  23. Belfries
  24. Belize Barrier Reef
  25. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  26. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  27. Blenheim Palace
  28. Bordeaux
  29. Borobudur
  30. Botanical Garden, Padua
  31. Brugge
  32. Bryggen
  33. Brú na Bóinne
  34. Budapest
  35. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  36. Canterbury
  37. Cape Floral Region
  38. Caral-Supe
  39. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  40. Centennial Hall
  41. Central Highlands
  42. Cesky Krumlov
  43. Chan Chan
  44. Chavin
  45. Chitwan National Park
  46. Choirokoitia
  47. Churches of Chiloé
  48. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  49. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  50. City of Bath
  51. City of Luxembourg
  52. Classical Weimar
  53. Cologne Cathedral
  54. Colonia del Sacramento
  55. Corvey
  56. Costiera Amalfitana
  57. Cracow
  58. Crespi d'Adda
  59. Cueva de las Manos
  60. Cuzco
  61. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  62. Drottningholm
  63. Dubrovnik
  64. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  65. Durmitor National Park
  66. Epidaurus
  67. Etruscan Necropolises
  68. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  69. Fagus Factory
  70. Ferrara
  71. Flemish Béguinages
  72. Florence
  73. Fraser Island
  74. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  75. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  76. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  77. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  78. Genbaku Dome
  79. Genoa
  80. Giant's Causeway
  81. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  82. Gondwana Rainforests
  83. Gorham's Cave Complex
  84. Grand Place, Brussels
  85. Great Barrier Reef
  86. Great Wall
  87. Greater Blue Mountains
  88. Ha Long Bay
  89. Hawaii Volcanoes
  90. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  91. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  92. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  93. Historic Cairo
  94. Hoi An
  95. Holasovice
  96. Holy Trinity Column
  97. Horyu-ji Area
  98. Huascaran National Park
  99. Hué
  100. Iguacu
  101. Iguazu National Park
  102. Imperial Palace
  103. Independence Hall
  104. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  105. Ischigualasto / Talampaya
  106. Istanbul
  107. Itsukushima Shrine
  108. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  109. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  110. Kandy
  111. Kathmandu Valley
  112. Kew Gardens
  113. Kii Mountain Range
  114. Kinderdijk
  115. Komodo National Park
  116. Kotor
  117. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  118. Kutna Hora
  119. La Lonja de la Seda
  120. Laurisilva of Madeira
  121. Le Havre
  122. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  123. Lima
  124. Litomysl Castle
  125. Lord Howe Island
  126. Los Glaciares
  127. Luang Prabang
  128. Luther Memorials
  129. Lübeck
  130. Machu Picchu
  131. Major Town Houses
  132. Margravial Opera House
  133. Maulbronn Monastery
  134. Mazagan
  135. Medici Villas and Gardens
  136. Medina of Essaouira
  137. Medina of Fez
  138. Medina of Marrakesh
  139. Medina of Tétouan
  140. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  141. Meknes
  142. Melaka and George Town
  143. Messel Pit
  144. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  145. Modena
  146. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  147. Monticello
  148. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  149. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  150. Muskauer Park
  151. My Son
  152. Mycenae and Tiryns
  153. Naples
  154. Nasca Lines
  155. Nikko
  156. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  157. Old Town of Galle
  158. Olympia
  159. Oporto
  160. Paphos
  161. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  162. Peninsula Valdes
  163. Petra
  164. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  165. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  166. Pienza
  167. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  168. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  169. Ping Yao
  170. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  171. Polonnaruva
  172. Pompei
  173. Pont du Gard
  174. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  175. Potsdam
  176. Prague
  177. Prambanan
  178. Preah Vihear Temple
  179. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  180. Primeval Beech Forests
  181. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  182. Pyramids (Memphis)
  183. Pyu Ancient Cities
  184. Qhapaq Ñan
  185. Quedlinburg
  186. Quseir Amra
  187. Québec
  188. Rabat
  189. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  190. Ravenna
  191. Regensburg
  192. Reichenau
  193. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  194. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  195. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  196. Rio de Janeiro
  197. Robben Island
  198. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  199. Rome
  200. Royal Exhibition Building
  201. Royal Palace at Caserta
  202. Saint-Emilion
  203. Salzburg
  204. San Gimignano
  205. San Marino and Mount Titano
  206. Schokland
  207. Seville
  208. Sewell Mining Town
  209. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  210. Siena
  211. Sigiriya
  212. Silk Roads
  213. Sintra
  214. Skogskyrkogarden
  215. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  216. Speyer Cathedral
  217. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  218. Statue of Liberty
  219. Stoclet House
  220. Stonehenge
  221. Stralsund and Wismar
  222. Studenica Monastery
  223. Sulaiman-Too
  224. Sydney Opera House
  225. Tallinn
  226. Tarraco
  227. Te Wahipounamu
  228. Telc
  229. Temple of Heaven
  230. Thang Long
  231. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  232. The Four Lifts
  233. The trulli of Alberobello
  234. Toledo
  235. Tomioka Silk Mill
  236. Tower of London
  237. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  238. Trang An
  239. Trebic
  240. Trier
  241. Tugendhat Villa
  242. Uluru
  243. Um er-Rasas
  244. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  245. Val d'Orcia
  246. Valletta
  247. Valparaiso
  248. Van Nellefabriek
  249. Vatican City
  250. Venice and its Lagoon
  251. Verona
  252. Versailles
  253. Vicenza
  254. Vienna
  255. Vigan
  256. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  257. Villa d'Este
  258. Vilnius
  259. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  260. Volubilis
  261. Völklingen Ironworks
  262. Wadden Sea
  263. Wadi Rum
  264. Wartburg Castle
  265. Western Tien-Shan
  266. Westminster
  267. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  268. Würzburg Residence
  269. Xanthos-Letoon
  270. Yosemite National Park
  271. Zollverein
  1. Sintra
  2. Pont du Gard
  3. Rome
  4. Preah Vihear Temple
  5. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  6. Ha Long Bay
  7. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  8. Salzburg
  9. Nikko
  10. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  11. Ancient Nara
  12. Ancient Kyoto
  13. Los Glaciares
  14. Cueva de las Manos
  15. Peninsula Valdes
  16. Gondwana Rainforests
  17. Greater Blue Mountains
  18. Uluru
  19. Xanthos-Letoon
  20. Istanbul
  21. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  22. Kotor
  23. Durmitor National Park
  24. Tower of London
  25. Westminster
  26. Blenheim Palace
  27. Brugge
  28. Major Town Houses
  29. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  30. Grand Place, Brussels
  31. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  32. The Four Lifts
  33. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  34. Stoclet House
  35. Churches of Chiloé
  36. Sewell Mining Town
  37. Valparaiso
  38. Ischigualasto / Talampaya
  39. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  40. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  41. Iguacu
  42. Iguazu National Park
  43. Rio de Janeiro
  44. Colonia del Sacramento
  45. Temple of Heaven
  46. Great Wall
  47. Yosemite National Park
  48. My Son
  49. Hoi An
  50. Royal Exhibition Building
  51. Hué
  52. Flemish Béguinages
  53. Arequipa
  54. Qhapaq Ñan
  55. Lima
  56. Regensburg
  57. Maulbronn Monastery
  58. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  59. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  60. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  61. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  62. Wadden Sea
  63. Stralsund and Wismar
  64. Bauhaus Sites
  65. Fagus Factory
  66. Primeval Beech Forests
  67. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  68. Messel Pit
  69. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  70. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  71. Medina of Essaouira
  72. Medina of Marrakesh
  73. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  74. Bryggen
  75. Te Wahipounamu
  76. Baroque Churches
  77. Sigiriya
  78. Anuradhapura
  79. Polonnaruva
  80. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  81. Central Highlands
  82. Kandy
  83. Old Town of Galle
  84. Wartburg Castle
  85. Speyer Cathedral
  86. Muskauer Park
  87. Völklingen Ironworks
  88. Classical Weimar
  89. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  90. Potsdam
  91. Zollverein
  92. Bamberg
  93. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  94. Lübeck
  95. Corvey
  96. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  97. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  98. Luther Memorials
  99. Würzburg Residence
  100. Quedlinburg
  101. Cologne Cathedral
  102. Medina of Fez
  103. Mazagan
  104. Meknes
  105. Volubilis
  106. Rabat
  107. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  108. Aachen Cathedral
  109. Le Havre
  110. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  111. Schokland
  112. Thang Long
  113. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  114. Brú na Bóinne
  115. Robben Island
  116. Tallinn
  117. Angkor
  118. Trang An