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If you enjoy spending your holidays in a club hotel in the Caribbean drinking Mai Tais, that's fine. It's your holiday and do as you please. And I personally enjoy the occasional Mai Tai on the beach, too. For me, though, spending more than a few days in the aforementioned Caribbean club hotel would be akin to purgatory. Because I like moving around, seeing new things and going to distant places.

As such I have read my fair share of guide books to figure out where to go and what to see. For instance, a few years back I visited Chile. A great place with astonishing nature to explore. Meanwhile Santiago de Chile, the capital, is fairly lackluster, having been destroyed by multiple earthquakes over the centuries. Still, any guidebook you pick up will spend a full chapter on Santiago extolling its virtues.

World Heritage Sites are different. They are as objective as it gets. They make you travel off the beaten path. I will always fondly remember my cab ride in a Czech winter landscape to Holasovice. And while Holasovice is just for the WHS connoisseurs, more often than not WHS are great sites.

Initially, I focused on quantity. And while this may seem stressful, it did give me a good picture and overview. Of late (ever since reaching the magical 300) I collect differently. Now I plan my trips on the truly great sites and pick up any site to the left and right I can visit on top.

So, should you become a WHS traveler, too? My honest recommendation is to do as you please. But if you are going to country anyhow (and be it in a club hotel), then use the map provided on this site and check out if any world heritage site is nearby. It may force to travel a bit off the beaten path, but trust me, it will be worth it.

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Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)

Nan Germany - 10-May-19

Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)

On my way to Mdina I visited the St Paul's Catacombs. These date from Roman times and were used as burial grounds. The site covers several small and large caves and makes for a nice visit. Watch your head as the height of the caves varies greatly.

To me the most surprising feature was how many caves there were. The whole area is dotted with them. The Maltase have done a good job in making them accessible. It is useful, though, to bring a flash light as lighting is poor.

After a while, though, the caves got to be a bit repetitive. The caves look more or less the same and any form of artistic expression is missing.

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Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)

Nan Germany - 10-May-19

Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)

Valletta offers natural harbors on both sides of the peninsula on which it is located. Each harbor is protected by massive fortifications and forts along its shores. The fortifications were continuously improved by the local rulers (first the Knights of Malta, then the British) and repelled many attackers over the centuries.

Most noticeably, they repelled the Ottomans during the Great Siege of Malta. The event marked the end of Ottoman naval supremacy in the Mediterranean.

OUV I fully concur with Ralf's assessment. This would be a obvious and well warranted extension to the Valletta WHS. Honestly, without researching the proper boundaries of the Valletta WHS, it feels like the surrounding forts are already part of it anyhow. A separate inscription meanwhile would be redundant. So yes for an extension. And no for a separate site

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Popocatepetl monasteries

Nan Germany - 09-May-19

Popocatepetl monasteries

Similarly to Els and Ian I ended up visiting both Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán. I say ended up as my original plan was to only visit Cuernavaca. Cuernavaca has the benefit that you are passing through the town in any case when travelling from Mexico City to Xochicalco by bus. So it's really quite a simple and quick visit.

However, Cuernavaca is underwhelming as a site. Of the inscribed monasteries, Cuernavaca is the one which was redone and remodeled the most over the centuries. So much so that little original 16th century constructions remain. The oldest part is the open chapel, the Capilla abierta. And frankly I barely noticed it.

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Kii Mountain Range

Nan Germany - 09-May-19

Kii Mountain Range

As a day trip from Nara I visited Yoshino to see the Kii Mountains. From the valley where the train station is located I took a cable car up the hill. I arrived in a tourist village with plenty of shops and restaurants. The village also contains Kinpusen-ji, an important temple of the region.

From the village I set out to hike along the pilgrim path into the Kii Mountains. On my way I crossed multiple temples and everything quieted down; there were not that many hikers, but that may have been caused by me visiting outside vacation season.

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Zamosc

Nan Germany - 24-Mar-19

Zamosc

Hidden in what nowadays is the Eastern border region of Poland Zamosc is a well preserved Baroque fortification town. It was built by an Italian architect from Padua. While there may be Italian influences, to me it felt Eastern European, similar to Nesvizh.

The most memorable spot is the colorful old market square (Rynek Wielki, photo). When I came much needed renovations were ongoing as the state of preservation was not great. In addition there are plenty of fortifications to explore. Just outside the fortifications to the North West you find the lovely Park Miejski.

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Nan
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Germany
Most Impressive
Petra, Machu Picchu, Angkor
Proposal
Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Cordoba 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Granada 4.5
Meteora 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Prague 4.5
Ravenna 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Brugge 4
Iguacu 4
Kotor 4
Riga 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Assisi 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Calakmul 3.5
Champagne 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Fujisan 3.5
Gyeongju 3.5
L'viv 3.5
Matera 3.5
Reims 3.5
Rhodes 3.5
Syracuse 3.5
Tallinn 3.5
Albi 3
Arles 3
Avila 3
Belem 3
Cuzco 3
Hoi An 3
Hué 3
Kiev 3
Lyon 3
Macao 3
Mostar 3
Nikko 3
Oporto 3
Potosi 3
Split 3
Sucre 3
Trebic 3
Urbino 3
Uxmal 3
Visby 3
Warsaw 3
Belfries 2.5
Burgundy 2.5
Caceres 2.5
Elvas 2.5
Evora 2.5
Graz 2.5
Lübeck 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Naples 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Orange 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Provins 2.5
Puebla 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Saltaire 2.5
Tarraco 2.5
Telc 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Toledo 2.5
Trier 2.5
Trogir 2.5
Vat Phou 2.5
Lima 2
Modena 2
Pienza 2
Verona 2
Zamosc 2
Aranjuez 1.5
Campeche 1.5
Genoa 1.5
Ivrea 1.5
Reichenau 1.5
Torun 1.5
Corvey 1
  1. Popocatepetl monasteries
  2. Kii Mountain Range
  3. Zamosc
  4. Reims
  5. Champagne
  6. Burgundy
  7. Palenque
  8. Angkor
  9. Tomioka Silk Mill
  10. Curonian Spit
  11. Nesvizh
  12. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  13. Potosi
  14. Preah Vihear Temple
  15. Sambor Prei Kuk
  16. Vat Phou
  17. Luang Prabang
  18. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  19. Thang Long
  20. Dolomites
  21. Kaiping Diaolou
  22. South China Karst
  23. China Danxia
  24. Danube Delta
  25. Macao
  26. Plitvice Lakes
  27. Hiraizumi
  28. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  29. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  30. Aachen Cathedral
  31. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  32. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  33. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  34. Rhaetian Railway
  35. Hedeby and Danevirke
  36. Engelsberg Ironworks
  37. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  38. Istanbul
  39. Selimiye Mosque
  40. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  41. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  42. Ivrea
  43. San Gimignano
  44. Longobards in Italy
  45. Val d'Orcia
  46. Siena
  47. Etruscan Necropolises
  48. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  49. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  50. Mir Castle
  51. Tiwanaku
  52. Qhapaq Ñan
  53. Sucre
  54. Machu Picchu
  55. Cuzco
  56. Nasca Lines
  57. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  58. Bellinzone
  59. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  60. Old City of Berne
  61. Gwynedd Castles
  62. Sceilg Mhichíl
  63. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  64. Ironbridge Gorge
  65. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  66. Belfries
  67. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  68. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  69. Malbork Castle
  70. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  71. Boyana Church
  72. Thessalonika
  73. Rila Monastery
  74. Pirin National Park
  75. Archaeological site of Philippi
  76. Meteora
  77. Mount Athos
  78. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  79. Peking Man Site
  80. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  81. Grimeton Radio Station
  82. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  83. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  84. Fray Bentos
  85. Peninsula Valdes
  86. Los Alerces National Park
  87. Cueva de las Manos
  88. Los Glaciares
  89. Churches of Chiloé
  90. Valparaiso
  91. Rapa Nui
  92. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  93. Fagus Factory
  94. Par force hunting landscape
  95. Holasovice
  96. Xochicalco
  97. Tlacotalpan
  98. Yagul and Mitla
  99. Taj Mahal
  100. Medina of Tétouan
  101. Gorham's Cave Complex
  102. Caves and Ice Age Art
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Alanya (T)
  3. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  4. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  7. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  10. Bulwarked Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (T)
  11. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  12. Central Park (T)
  13. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  14. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  15. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  16. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  17. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  18. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  19. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  20. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  21. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  22. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  23. Ellis Island (T)
  24. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  25. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  26. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  27. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  28. Great Pskov (T)
  29. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  30. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  31. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  32. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  33. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  34. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  35. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  36. La Camargue (T)
  37. La Moneda Palace (T)
  38. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  39. Lake Titicaca (T)
  40. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  41. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  42. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  43. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  44. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  45. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  46. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  47. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  48. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  49. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (T)
  50. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  51. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  52. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  53. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  54. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  55. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  56. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  57. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  58. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  59. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  60. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  61. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  62. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  63. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  64. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  65. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  66. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  67. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  68. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  69. Seoul City Wall (T)
  70. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  71. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  72. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  73. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  74. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  75. Sites of Globalization (T)
  76. Southwest Coast (T)
  77. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  78. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  79. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  80. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  81. The Burren (T)
  82. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  83. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  84. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  85. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  86. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  87. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  88. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  89. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  90. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  91. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  92. The Silver Route (T)
  93. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  94. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  95. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  96. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  97. Western Stone Forts (T)
  98. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Reviewed TWHS

  1. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  2. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  3. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  4. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  7. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  8. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  9. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  10. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  11. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  12. La Moneda Palace (T)
  13. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  14. Great Pskov (T)
  15. Le site de Koh Ker (T)
  16. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)
  17. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  18. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  19. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  20. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  21. Site of Southern Yue State (T)
  22. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  23. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  24. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  25. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  26. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  27. Lake Titicaca (T)
  28. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  29. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  30. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  31. Western Stone Forts (T)
  32. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  33. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  34. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  35. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  36. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  37. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  38. Southwest Coast (T)
  39. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  40. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  41. Teylers (T)
  42. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  43. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  44. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  45. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  46. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  47. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  5. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  6. Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Great Gobi Desert
  8. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  9. Jericho
  10. Lake Titicaca
  11. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  12. Mecca, Kaaba
  13. Okavango Delta
  14. Panama Canal
  15. Shwedagon Pagoda
  16. Silk Roads
  17. Sites Mégalithiques de Carnac
  18. The Grand Canal
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Ur

Top 200 WHS

  1. Acropolis
  2. Troy
  3. Pompei
  4. Leptis Magna
  5. Pont du Gard
  6. Borobudur
  7. Haeinsa Temple
  8. Pyramids (Memphis)
  9. Aachen Cathedral
  10. Ravenna
  11. Vatican City
  12. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  13. Mont-Saint-Michel
  14. Westminster
  15. Kremlin and Red Square
  16. Kinderdijk
  17. Aksum
  18. Guanajuato
  19. Thingvellir
  20. Wadi Rum
  21. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  22. Jantar Mantar
  23. Ancient Thebes
  24. Grand Canyon
  25. Völklingen Ironworks
  26. Ancient Kyoto
  27. Gyeongju
  28. Galapagos Islands
  29. Yellowstone
  30. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  31. Redwood
  32. Tasmanian Wilderness
  33. Yosemite National Park
  34. Ilulissat Icefjord
  35. Chola Temples
  36. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  37. Sun Temple, Konarak
  38. Hampi
  39. Itsukushima Shrine
  40. Ha Long Bay
  41. Lena Pillars
  42. Cuzco
  43. West Norwegian Fjords
  44. Great Barrier Reef
  45. Siena
  46. Granada
  47. Dubrovnik
  48. Cracow
  49. Vienna
  50. Brugge
  51. Rhodes
  52. Arab-Norman Palermo
  53. Agra Fort
  54. Crac des Chevaliers
  55. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  56. Himeji-jo
  57. Great Wall
  58. Tower of London
  59. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  60. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  61. Machu Picchu
  62. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  63. Great Himalayan National Park
  64. Persepolis
  65. Petra
  66. Rapa Nui
  67. Imperial Palace
  68. Versailles
  69. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  70. El Escurial
  71. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  72. Persian Garden
  73. Studley Royal Park
  74. Site of Carthage
  75. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  76. Florence
  77. St. Petersburg
  78. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  79. Chaco Culture
  80. Mesa Verde
  81. Teotihuacan
  82. Tikal National Park
  83. Chichen-Itza
  84. Palenque
  85. Stonehenge
  86. Çatalhöyük
  87. Nasca Lines
  88. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  89. Okavango Delta
  90. The Sundarbans
  91. Iguazu National Park
  92. Altamira Cave
  93. Angkor
  94. Fatehpur Sikri
  95. Grand Canal
  96. Mountain Railways of India
  97. Venice and its Lagoon
  98. Istanbul
  99. Rome
  100. Damascus
  101. Old City of Jerusalem
  102. Prague
  103. Split