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I like the idea of putting such rather different places like the Galápagos Islands and the Primeval Beech Forests on the one hand, or the Pyramids of Giza and the Struve Geodetic Arc on the other, on the same list!

In this respect it is always exciting to experience a new WHS.

I live in Switzerland in a community that is part of the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona and I used to work for the Rhaetian Railway. Again two very different WHS!

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MoPython Switzerland - 13-May-24

ShUM Sites

I visited the Judenhof in Speyer in autumn 2020, when the ShUM cities were still part of the Tentative List. I found it very impressive and it actually fascinated me more than Speyer Cathedral, which is right next door and which I was actually there for.

On a trip through western Germany in May 2024, I also visited the Heiliger Sand cemetery in Worms. I was extremely impressed by it and have even upgraded my already positive rating on this website.
The cemetery is very small, after half an hour you have seen everything (unless you are able to read the Hebrew writing on the gravestones...). The cemetery is the oldest Jewish cemetery preserved in situ in Europe with graves dating back to the 11th century. The grounds are also very beautiful with old trees and flowers.

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MoPython Switzerland - 21-Jul-23


We visited Sintra as the last of 10 WHS in Portugal, on our varied trip between Porto and Lisbon this July.

What can I say about Sintra that hasn't already been mentioned in the 14 reviews below?
Should I mention that it has way too many people especially in the summer high season? Yes, it's like that, at times in the Pena Palace you feel like you're standing in an endless queue at Disneyland.
Should I mention that it's still incredibly beautiful? Yes, it is, especially the combination of gardens and palaces really excited us.

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Rating Stats
Petra 5
Uluru 5
Damascus 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Matera 4.5
Oporto 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Rome 4.5
Yazd 4.5
Brugge 4
Copán 4
Nancy 4
Sintra 4
Acropolis 3.5
Arles 3.5
Budapest 3.5
Byblos 3.5
Corfu 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
Epidaurus 3.5
Kairouan 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Mtskheta 3.5
Panamá 3.5
Riga 3.5
Split 3.5
Trier 3.5
Trogir 3.5
Uxmal 3.5
Verona 3.5
Vienna 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Albi 3
Belem 3
Bosra 3
Lyon 3
Mafra 3
Prague 3
Quito 3
Belfries 2.5
Carthage 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Olympia 2.5
Orange 2.5
Tallinn 2.5
Nice 2
Ivrea 1
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Amboseli National Park (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  5. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  6. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  7. Baltic Klint (T)
  8. Benguela Current Marine Ecosystem Sites (T)
  9. Bird Migration Routes (T)
  10. Brandberg National Monument Area (T)
  11. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  12. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  13. Carmona’s cultural landscape (T)
  14. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  15. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  16. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  17. Church of Santa Prisca and its Surroundings (T)
  18. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  19. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  20. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  21. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  22. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  23. Cultural Itinerary of Ecuador's Trans-Andean Train (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  25. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  26. Dana Biosphere Reserve (T)
  27. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  28. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  29. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  30. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  31. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  32. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  33. Ensemble de grottes à concrétions du Sud de la France (T)
  34. Etosha Pan (T)
  35. Frontières de l'Empire romain : Limes du Sud tunisien (T)
  36. Great Desert Landscapes (T)
  37. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  38. Hanbury botanical gardens (T)
  39. Historical Centre of Puerto Plata (T)
  40. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  41. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  42. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  43. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  44. Kharga Oasis and the Small Southern Oases (T)
  45. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  46. L’ancienne ville de Tripoli (T)
  47. La Camargue (T)
  48. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  49. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  50. Le chemin de fer de Cerdagne (T)
  51. Le complexe hydraulique romain de Zaghouan-Carthage (T)
  52. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  53. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  54. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  55. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  56. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  57. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  58. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  59. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (F) (T)
  60. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  61. Maasai Mara Game Reserve (T)
  62. Mid-Atlantic Ridge (T)
  63. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  64. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  65. Olympic Park Munich (T)
  66. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  67. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  68. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  69. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  70. Pont sur la gorge du Salgina (T)
  71. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  72. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  73. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  74. Route of Magellan (T)
  75. Route of the Peace and National Identity (T)
  76. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  77. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  78. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  79. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  80. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  81. Sites of Globalization (T)
  82. Sites of Saytagrah (T)
  83. Sitio Arqueológico de la Villa La Isabela (T)
  84. Southern and Smaller Oases, the Western Desert (T)
  85. Tashkent makhallas (T)
  86. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  87. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  88. The African Great Rift Valley - The Maasai Mara (T)
  89. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  90. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  91. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  92. The Core of the Mayan Area (T)
  93. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (extension to existing property) (T)
  94. The Great Rift Valley - The Kenya Lakes System (T)
  95. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  96. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  97. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  98. The Lofoten islands (T)
  99. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  100. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  101. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  102. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  103. The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (T)
  104. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  105. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  106. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  107. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  108. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  109. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  110. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  111. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  112. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  113. Volcan Masaya National Park (T)
  114. Waitangi Treaty Grounds (T)
  115. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  116. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  117. Yivli Minaret Mosque (T)

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