Philipp Peterer Profile

Philipp Peterer
Philipp Peterer.

Since 2008 visiting WHS is my primary obsession. I started with about 40 sites I had seen without particular knowledge of their world heritage status and managed to boost this number since. It helped that I started to work for the national airline in 2010 and I had a few years where I could travel intensely. In 2012 I had my personal record year, visiting 60 sites. Between December 2010 and March 2013 I was able to visit 1 or more sites every single month. In March 2013 my son was born, so currently I’m reduced to a much slower pace and the occasional weekend escape on my own.

I really like the diversity of the list. I favor medieval related sites, industrial sites and Greek/Roman remains, if they are clearly visible. On the rear end are modern architecture and fossil sites. The true spirit of our common hobby reveals itself to me each time I visit a place I would have never dreamed of if it wasn’t for the list and turns out to be amazing, such as Sceilg Mhichíl, the Wadi Al Hitan or the Ajanta Caves.

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Historic Town of Kemaliye (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Apr-22

Historic Town of Kemaliye (T)

I visited Kemaliye on a detour between Divrigi and Diyarbakir. The village is located in a huge canyon and thus only accessible from the north or the south. I approached from the north (1h20 drive from Divrigi.

The landscape is spectacular. The village is nice but not outstanding. It seems to be a known spot for hiking as there is tourist infrastructure and signs leading to different trails. There are many Ottoman style buildings, but most of them seemed new or so heavily renovated that they are not recognizable as historic buildings. The nicest feature of the village is the stream flowing through the village.

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Nemrut Dag

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Apr-22

Nemrut Dag

Visited March 2022. After Nan could not make it in January due to snow, I guessed end of March should be no problem. That was a massive misjudgement. I arrived on a sunny day from Diyarbakir. My hopes were high, as there was no snow until Karadut. From there the snow started, but was not significant and the road was cleared. Unfortunately the last 6km were not cleared. But after I came so close I was reluctant to give up and decided to walk the last part. There were four other tourists with the same stupid idea with a few minutes head start. I quickly past them, following the road. I was unprepared for the amount of snow I was about to cross. I brought only trekking shoes instead of my hiking boots and a light jacket.

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Mountain Chains (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 05-Jan-22

Mountain Chains (T)

4 of the 5 proposed mountain chains are massively off the beaten path. I managed a short visit to Gebel Dokhkhan, the only chain within a tourist area. We sort of crossed the chain twice by car, driving from Hurghada to Luxor and back, which I didn’t count. But a Quad tour through the desert brought us properly to the beginning of the mountain chain.

The OUV, specifically for this chain, is hard to gasp for me. There are rocks and tiny mountains in the desert. I am sure that some of the endemic species can actually be found, when looking long enough, but mainly it’s still rocks in the desert. If these get inscribed (I doubt it) it will be one of these places that few serious travellers but many package tourists will be able to tick off.

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Dababiya (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 05-Jan-22

Dababiya (T)

The suggested OUV of Dababiya is that it is a one of the Global Standard-stratotype Sections and Points (GSSP). It’s a place where the boundary between the Paleocene and the Eocene is clearly visible. This makes it a rather geeky Paleontological site to visit, but still interesting and not less valuable. To make it a bit more reliable for other visitors, it was also used as a quarry for the buildings of nearby Luxor/Karnak temples.

The site is around 1h drive south of Luxor, along the scenic Nile route. You pass by when you do the Luxor-Aswan drive to visit the Esna/Elfu/Kom Ombo temples. Get off the Luxor-Aswan Eastern Desert Road in Ash Shaghab (crossing the only bridge over the canal) and follow the signs. It’s mostly narrow dirt roads that lead through the village and outside to the main entrance

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Archaeological Site of Assos (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 26-Sep-21

I almost missed this great Greek site, because I didn’t find the entrance first. I expected (as usual) a parking lot and an easy accessible main entrance. Unfortunately the entrance is inside the village. You need to park your car and walk up the hill, right through the village. Not knowing that I passed the village and drove down to the ancient harbour, along the fence of the archaeological site, looking for an entrance. I drove down to the ancient harbour with its tiny village and paid it a short visit. After asking in a hotel I went back to the village and found the entrance right before they were closing. After a short negotiation they let me in, mentioning the exit that could only be opened from the inside, and left

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Profile Data

Name
Philipp Peterer
Country
Switzerland
Most Impressive
Machu Picchu
Proposal
Ancient Salamis (Northern Cyprus)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 26.04.22
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Sintra 5
Brugge 4.5
Bryggen 4.5
Calakmul 4.5
Chavin 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Cuzco 4.5
Florence 4.5
Oporto 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Prague 4.5
Salamanca 4.5
Siena 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Taj Mahal 4.5
Wadi Rum 4.5
Assisi 4
Avila 4
Belem 4
Byblos 4
Cuenca 4
Elvas 4
Evora 4
Jeju 4
Kotor 4
Kyiv 4
Masada 4
Mostar 4
Naples 4
Paphos 4
Reims 4
Rhodes 4
Røros 4
Sanchi 4
Split 4
Telc 4
Toledo 4
Trier 4
Uxmal 4
Vienna 4
Warsaw 4
Albi 3.5
Anjar 3.5
Aranjuez 3.5
Ayutthaya 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Caceres 3.5
Delos 3.5
Dolomites 3.5
Epidaurus 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Kandy 3.5
Lima 3.5
Lyon 3.5
Lübeck 3.5
Matera 3.5
Mazagan 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Orange 3.5
Pergamon 3.5
Provins 3.5
Ravenna 3.5
Tarraco 3.5
Trebic 3.5
Trogir 3.5
Tyre 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Verona 3.5
Volubilis 3.5
Arles 3
Corfu 3
Graz 3
Ibiza 3
Macao 3
Meknes 3
Modena 3
Pienza 3
Torun 3
Aquileia 2.5
Burgundy 2.5
Carthage 2.5
Champagne 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Kairouan 2.5
Morelia 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Nice 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Puebla 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Vézelay 2.5
Ivrea 2
Al Ain 1.5
Atapuerca 1.5
Corvey 1.5
Troy 1.5
As-Salt 0.5
Battir 0.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  3. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  4. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  5. Ancient Mountain Fortresses in Central Korea (T)
  6. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  7. Archaeological Site of Assos (T)
  8. Archaeological Site of Perge (T)
  9. Archeological Site of Zeugma (T)
  10. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  11. Azraq (T)
  12. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  13. Barbar Temple (T)
  14. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  15. Black River Gorges National Park (T)
  16. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  17. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  18. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  19. Bulwarked Fortifications (T)
  20. Caesarea (T)
  21. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  22. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  23. Central Balkan National Park (T)
  24. Central Park (T)
  25. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  26. Centre historique de Saida (T)
  27. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  28. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  29. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  30. City of Motovun (T)
  31. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  32. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  33. Dababiya (T)
  34. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  35. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  36. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (T)
  37. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  38. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  39. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  40. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  41. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  42. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  43. Ellis Island (T)
  44. Ensemble de grottes à concrétions du Sud de la France (T)
  45. Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)
  46. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  47. Flow Country (T)
  48. Forêts primaires et anciennes de hêtres des Carpates et d'autres régions d'Europe (T)
  49. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  50. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  51. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  52. Gebel Qatrani Area, Lake Qaroun Nature Reserve (T)
  53. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  54. Güllük Dagi-Termessos National Park (T)
  55. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  56. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  57. Hamad Town Tumuli Moundfield (T)
  58. Harran and Sanliurfa (T)
  59. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  60. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  61. Historic City of Harput (T)
  62. Historic Town of Kemaliye (T)
  63. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  64. Historical city of Izamal (Izamal, Mayan continuity in an Historical City) (T)
  65. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  66. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  67. Íznik (T)
  68. Jaén Cathedral (extension of the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza) (T)
  69. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  70. Jerusalem (T)
  71. Karain Cave (T)
  72. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  73. Kekova (T)
  74. Khor Dubai (T)
  75. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  76. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  77. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  78. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  79. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  80. Lake Titicaca (T)
  81. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  82. Le centre historique de la ville de Batroun (T)
  83. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  84. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  85. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  86. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  87. Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (Tunisia) (T)
  88. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  89. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  90. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  91. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  92. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  93. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  94. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  95. Modernist Centre of Gdynia — the example of building an integrated community (T)
  96. Moravian Church Settlements (USA) (T)
  97. Mothia and Lilibeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  98. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  99. Mount Vernon (T)
  100. Mountain Chains (T)
  101. Mujib Nature Reserve (T)
  102. Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village (T)
  103. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  104. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  105. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  106. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  107. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  108. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  109. Oeam Village (T)
  110. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  111. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  112. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  113. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  114. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  115. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  116. Pont sur la gorge du Salgina (T)
  117. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  118. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  119. Qasr Al-Mushatta (T)
  120. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  121. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  122. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  123. Route of Magellan (T)
  124. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  125. Saar Heritage Park (T)
  126. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  127. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  128. Seoul City Wall (T)
  129. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  130. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  131. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  132. St. Nicholas Church (T)
  133. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  134. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  135. Temple d’Echmoun (T)
  136. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  137. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  138. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  139. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  140. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  141. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  142. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  143. The Burren (T)
  144. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  145. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  146. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  147. The Fortress of Terezín (T)
  148. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  149. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  150. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  151. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  152. The Lofoten islands (T)
  153. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  154. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  155. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  156. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  157. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  158. The Scotland District of Barbados (T)
  159. The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (T)
  160. The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track (T)
  161. The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas and Kastels (T)
  162. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  163. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  164. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  165. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  166. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  167. Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved. (T)
  168. Umm al-Jimal (T)
  169. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  170. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  171. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  172. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  173. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)
  174. Yivli Minaret Mosque (T)
  175. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Amritsar
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Panama Canal
  11. Scrovegni's Chapel
  12. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  13. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  14. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier

Top 200 WHS

  1. Yellowstone
  2. Redwood
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Ngorongoro
  5. Galapagos Islands
  6. Komodo National Park
  7. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  8. Ancient Nara
  9. Ancient Kyoto
  10. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  11. Ironbridge Gorge
  12. Grand Canyon
  13. Nubian Monuments
  14. Ancient Thebes
  15. Salamanca
  16. Jantar Mantar
  17. Lorentz National Park
  18. Virunga National Park
  19. Aranjuez
  20. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  21. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  22. Uluru
  23. Wadi Rum
  24. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  25. Sintra
  26. Old Town of Galle
  27. Kremlin and Red Square
  28. Sydney Opera House
  29. Westminster
  30. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  31. Santa Maria de Guadalupe
  32. Abbey of St Gall
  33. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  34. Reims
  35. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  36. Rila Monastery
  37. Sceilg Mhichíl
  38. Mount Athos
  39. Mont-Saint-Michel
  40. Vatican City
  41. Meteora
  42. Mystras
  43. Göreme NP
  44. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  45. Etruscan Necropolises
  46. Taj Mahal
  47. Pyramids (Memphis)
  48. Yungang Grottoes
  49. Sanchi
  50. Lumbini
  51. Borobudur
  52. Sigiriya
  53. Ajanta Caves
  54. Kathmandu Valley
  55. Medina of Marrakesh
  56. Mérida
  57. Pont du Gard
  58. Segovia
  59. Baalbek
  60. Pompei
  61. Villa Romana del Casale
  62. Paphos
  63. Epidaurus
  64. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  65. Agrigento
  66. Mycenae and Tiryns
  67. Olympia
  68. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  69. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  70. Timbuktu
  71. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  72. Yosemite National Park
  73. Hampi
  74. Qutb Minar
  75. Ha Long Bay
  76. Cuzco
  77. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  78. Bryggen
  79. Siena
  80. Dubrovnik
  81. Cracow
  82. Brugge
  83. Cesky Krumlov
  84. Telc
  85. Quedlinburg
  86. Avila
  87. Auschwitz Birkenau
  88. Genbaku Dome
  89. Statue of Liberty
  90. Agra Fort
  91. Gwynedd Castles
  92. Great Wall
  93. Elvas
  94. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  95. Machu Picchu
  96. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  97. Petra
  98. Rapa Nui
  99. Imperial Palace
  100. Versailles
  101. El Escurial
  102. Summer Palace
  103. Wadi Al-Hitan
  104. Kew Gardens
  105. Carthage
  106. Florence
  107. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  108. Urbino
  109. Old City of Berne
  110. Chan Chan
  111. Teotihuacan
  112. Tikal National Park
  113. Caral-Supe
  114. Chichen-Itza
  115. Chavin
  116. Stonehenge
  117. Nasca Lines
  118. Brú na Bóinne
  119. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  120. Kenya Lake System
  121. Okavango Delta
  122. Plitvice Lakes
  123. Iguacu
  124. Altamira Cave
  125. Vézère Valley
  126. Angkor
  127. Sukhothai
  128. Ellora Caves
  129. Fatehpur Sikri
  130. Elephanta Caves
  131. Venice and its Lagoon
  132. Rome
  133. Toledo
  134. Le Havre
  135. Crespi d'Adda