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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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Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)

Nan Germany - 10-Feb-19

For a while I thought, Panama was really trying to nominate the same site for a third time. Panama is a WHS already. And it's also part of the The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá nomination scheduled for the 2019 WHC.

But by comparing the nomination name of the tentative site and the original Panama site, I now believe this is a simple modification proposal:

Full name of WHS: Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic [...]

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Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)

Nan Germany - 10-Feb-19

Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)

Most "cities" in India don't really have historic structures or buildings, but are a sprawl of concrete buildings. And dirt and trash for that matter. Trust me: If you haven't been, you cannot imagine.

Jaipur is different in the sense that it really has a consistent historic core. You can take a walk through the town center and do site seeing. The city center is called Pink City due to the color of the houses. Pink is the color of hospitality in Jaipur and the city was painted in it in preparation for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876.

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Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)

Nan Germany - 05-Feb-19

Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)

As a tourist travelling Ireland you will see plenty of monasteries across the Ireland. Most are worn down and in ruins nowadays. And while it is easy to blame the constant rain as culprit, the ruins are a testament to the long history of Christianity in Ireland. Never part of the Roman empire, Christianity spread there already in the 5th century.

Of the proposed sites I have visited quite a few along a road trip in Ireland:

Kells: The Kells High Crosses are probably one of the most iconic images of Ireland. Combined with the Book of Kells, on display at Trinity College, they are a key part of Irish cultural identity. There is also an original nunnery remaining near the church

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The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)

Nan Germany - 08-Feb-19

The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)

Panama has managed the rather remarkable feat to show how weak their nomination is in the very first sentence of their nomination:

"It is a serial property which comprises 5 component parts, several of which already have been inscribed on the World Heritage list[.]"

Executive summary: Of the 5 proposed components 3 are already inscribed as Panama and Portobelo and San+Lorenzo. This leaves the two roads connecting the Caribbean and Pacific coast as sole new addition.

I effectively ticked this off on my short visit to Panama by visiting Panama and Portobelo. I even made an effort in Panama to follow the road a little bit in downtown.

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Rostov Kremlin (T)

Nan Germany - 05-Feb-19

Rostov Kremlin (T)

I think I had my first real encounter with Russia in Rostov. I was walking from the train station to the city along the principal road and was fighting hard to pull my luggage: The main road to the town center was a dirt road. Frankly, I am only used to see those for agricultural purposes or for pedestrians. Not as principal roads of a city.

Rostov itself is pretty sleepy: little tourists, little traffic, little entertainment options. But it has a great Kreml in the middle of the city outshining in white and blue all other buildings of the town.

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 17.02.19
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Cordoba 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Granada 4.5
Meteora 4.5
Prague 4.5
Rapa Nui 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Brugge 4
Iguacu 4
Kotor 4
Pompei 4
Riga 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Assisi 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Calakmul 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Fujisan 3.5
Gyeongju 3.5
L'viv 3.5
Matera 3.5
Rhodes 3.5
Tallinn 3.5
Vicenza 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
Reims 3
Split 3
Sucre 3
Trebic 3
Urbino 3
Uxmal 3
Visby 3
Warsaw 3
Belfries 2.5
Caceres 2.5
Elvas 2.5
Evora 2.5
Graz 2.5
Ivrea 2.5
Lübeck 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Naples 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Orange 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Pienza 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
Genoa 2
Lima 2
Modena 2
Verona 2
Zamosc 2
Aranjuez 1.5
Campeche 1.5
Reichenau 1.5
Torun 1.5
Corvey 1
  1. Palenque
  2. Angkor
  3. Tomioka Silk Mill
  4. Curonian Spit
  5. Nesvizh
  6. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  7. Potosi
  8. Preah Vihear Temple
  9. Sambor Prei Kuk
  10. Vat Phou
  11. Luang Prabang
  12. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  13. Thang Long
  14. Dolomites
  15. Kaiping Diaolou
  16. South China Karst
  17. China Danxia
  18. Danube Delta
  19. Macao
  20. Plitvice Lakes
  21. Hiraizumi
  22. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  23. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  24. Aachen Cathedral
  25. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  26. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  27. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  28. Rhaetian Railway
  29. Hedeby and Danevirke
  30. Engelsberg Ironworks
  31. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  32. Istanbul
  33. Selimiye Mosque
  34. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  35. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  36. Ivrea
  37. San Gimignano
  38. Longobards in Italy
  39. Val d'Orcia
  40. Siena
  41. Etruscan Necropolises
  42. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  43. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  44. Mir Castle
  45. Tiwanaku
  46. Qhapaq Ñan
  47. Sucre
  48. Machu Picchu
  49. Cuzco
  50. Nasca Lines
  51. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  52. Bellinzone
  53. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  54. Old City of Berne
  55. Gwynedd Castles
  56. Sceilg Mhichíl
  57. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  58. Ironbridge Gorge
  59. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  60. Belfries
  61. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  62. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  63. Malbork Castle
  64. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  65. Boyana Church
  66. Thessalonika
  67. Rila Monastery
  68. Pirin National Park
  69. Archaeological site of Philippi
  70. Meteora
  71. Mount Athos
  72. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  73. Peking Man Site
  74. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  75. Grimeton Radio Station
  76. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  77. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  78. Fray Bentos
  79. Peninsula Valdes
  80. Los Alerces National Park
  81. Cueva de las Manos
  82. Los Glaciares
  83. Churches of Chiloé
  84. Valparaiso
  85. Rapa Nui
  86. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  87. Fagus Factory
  88. Par force hunting landscape
  89. Holasovice
  90. Xochicalco
  91. Tlacotalpan
  92. Yagul and Mitla
  93. Taj Mahal
  94. Medina of Tétouan
  95. Gorham's Cave Complex
  96. 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. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  18. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  19. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  20. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  21. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  22. Ellis Island (T)
  23. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  24. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  25. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  26. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  27. Great Pskov (T)
  28. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  29. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  30. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  31. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  32. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  33. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  34. La Camargue (T)
  35. La Moneda Palace (T)
  36. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  37. Lake Titicaca (T)
  38. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  39. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  40. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  41. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  42. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  43. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  44. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  45. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (T)
  46. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  47. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  48. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  49. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  50. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  51. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  52. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  53. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  54. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  55. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  56. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  57. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  58. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  59. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  60. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  61. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  62. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  63. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  64. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  65. Seoul City Wall (T)
  66. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  67. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  68. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  69. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  70. Sites of Globalization (T)
  71. Southwest Coast (T)
  72. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  73. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  74. Teylers (T)
  75. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  76. The Burren (T)
  77. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  78. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  79. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  80. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  81. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  82. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  83. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  84. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  85. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  86. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  87. The Silver Route (T)
  88. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  89. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  90. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  91. Western Stone Forts (T)
  92. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Reviewed TWHS

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