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The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T) Ralf Regele

The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T) by Ralf Regele

The "Villa" Gregoriana is actually not a villa, not even a building. Despite the naming and marketing, it is mainly the name for a hiking trail going through the valley of the river Aniene near the small town of Tivoli, which is better known for two other WHS sites, the more approriate named Villa Adriana and Villa D'Este. Although sometimes described as a park, the valley looks like a natural forest. There are some ancient remains, but they are so insignificant that they are barely worth mentioning. The river Aniene tumbles down the valley through various waterfalls, although most of the water is now redirected to avoid catastrophal floodings. The main claim to fame, however, is the connection with 18th century romanticism. The rugged stone formations, the waterfalls and the village high above it, complete with roman ruins, do indeed create a spectacular scenario.

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Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T) Ralf Regele

Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T) by Ralf Regele

Nikopolis is the ruin of a roman city north of Preveza, on the western coast of Greece. Surprisingly for such a little known site, the ruins are quite large - there is a mile-long city wall, two large fields with remains and lots of smaller artifacts. It looks as if the antique city was larger than the present one ! However, there are no buildings remaining on the whole. What is left is mostly brickwork, floor constructions and street plasterings. It is all typical roman stuff - mosaics, pillars, floor heatings. There seem to be not a lot of people who visit the site - I was there at a weekend in high season, and the place was almost deserted. The area is surrounded by low vegetation with no modern building in sight, which enhances the athmosphere of an abandoned place. On the bad side, the site does not seem to be fully developed - the two main fields are a mile apart, and there is no path between them but the dusty country road.

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Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T) Ralf Regele

Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T) by Ralf Regele

The Lotus temple in New Delhi is a Bahai temple built in modern style - something special in a land where almost all places of worship are built in a traditional style. The design of the temple is quite pleasing and sure looks good on photos, however actually visiting the place can be a bit underwhelming. Firstly, visiting takes a bit of effort - you can't just walk in. Arriving is the easiest part - you can take the Delhi metro to get near and then walk the rest (or take the inescapable tuk-tuk). You then have to wait in a long queue - there are a lot of other tourists (mainly indians) who want to visit the temple. Don't take any bottles with you (even empty ones) - they throw them away, then send you back to the end of the queue. After entering, you have to deposit your shoes at a busy storage station and walk through the gardens without them, all while being pushed around in a long stampede of visitors.

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Hedeby and Danevirke Ralf Regele

Hedeby and Danevirke by Ralf Regele

I visited the Hedeby site, which is well developed for tourists, with a museum (closed at the moment for refurbishment), walking pathes and reconstructed houses. Hedeby (or Haithabu in German) was a well-sized city at the edge of the viking lands. As with other viking sites (like Birka or Trelleborg) the problem is that almost everything was built out of wood, so there is not much left of it but the earthworks. In the case of Hedeby, the earthen city walls are still standing (and walkable), but most of the area inside is empty. There are some quite nice reconstructions of viking houses, which will be the most interesting thing for most visitors. There are also demonstrations, market stalls and exhibition houses, so there is more to do than to stare at mounds. Also interesting is the visitable archaeological dig, although most finds seemed to be small things like nails or bone remains.

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Venetian Works of Defence Ralf Regele

Venetian Works of Defence by Ralf Regele

I visited the two north italian sites in 2014. Luckily, they are close together and can be combined easily.

Bergamo is a very beautiful city by itself. The old city sits on top of a hill, with the city walls all around, lots of medieval towers in the middle and the alps in the background. The defense ring is quite prominent, with an impressive entrance ramp. Still, most visitors will spent more time in the streets of the old city with its various churches, towers, shops and restaurants. I have no clue if the defense works here are significant from the military point of view, but they at least provide a splendid sight, both from the outside and as a viewing platform. I can highly recommend a visit to Bergamo as a whole, ticking off the WHS is just the icing on the cake.

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Name: Ralf Regele

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 190

Most Impressive: Angkor

Proposal New WHS: Empire State & Chrysler Building

Update 2018-06-03 15:26:21

  1. Chavin : 5.0
  2. Edinburgh : 5.0
  3. Great Wall : 5.0
  4. Imperial Palace : 5.0
  5. Machu Picchu : 5.0
  6. Rome : 5.0
  7. Seville : 5.0
  8. Vatican City : 5.0
  9. Aachen Cathedral : 4.5
  10. Acropolis : 4.5
  11. Angkor : 4.5
  12. Ayutthaya : 4.5
  13. Chan Chan : 4.5
  14. Cordoba : 4.5
  15. Cuzco : 4.5
  16. Fortified City of Carcassonne : 4.5
  17. Hill Forts of Rajasthan : 4.5
  18. Istanbul : 4.5
  19. Mesa Verde : 4.5
  20. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve : 4.5
  21. Oporto : 4.5
  22. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 4.5
  23. Qhapaq Ñan : 4.5
  24. Qutb Minar : 4.5
  25. Rani-ki-Vav : 4.5
  26. Taj Mahal : 4.5
  27. Teotihuacan : 4.5
  28. Agra Fort : 4.0
  29. Ancient Kyoto : 4.0
  30. Ancient Nara : 4.0
  31. Caral-Supe : 4.0
  32. Changdeokgung Palace Complex : 4.0
  33. Himeji-jo : 4.0
  34. Ironbridge Gorge : 4.0
  35. Itsukushima Shrine : 4.0
  36. Khajuraho Group of Monuments : 4.0
  37. Lübeck : 4.0
  38. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor : 4.0
  39. Medina of Fez : 4.0
  40. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 4.0
  41. Namhansanseong : 4.0
  42. Nikko : 4.0
  43. Oaxaca and Monte Alban : 4.0
  44. Redwood : 4.0
  45. Statue of Liberty : 4.0
  46. Stonehenge : 4.0
  47. Sukhothai : 4.0
  48. Te Wahipounamu : 4.0
  49. Temple of Heaven : 4.0
  50. Tower of London : 4.0
  51. Uxmal : 4.0
  52. Vienna : 4.0
  53. Yellowstone : 4.0
  54. Albi : 3.5
  55. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 3.5
  56. Antequera Dolmens Site : 3.5
  57. Budapest : 3.5
  58. Calakmul : 3.5
  59. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik : 3.5
  60. Chichen-Itza : 3.5
  61. Coa Valley and Siega Verde : 3.5
  62. Derwent Valley Mills : 3.5
  63. Durham Castle and Cathedral : 3.5
  64. Genbaku Dome : 3.5
  65. Granada : 3.5
  66. Grand Canyon : 3.5
  67. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.5
  68. Guimarães : 3.5
  69. Gwynedd Castles : 3.5
  70. Horyu-ji Area : 3.5
  71. Humayun's Tomb : 3.5
  72. Hwaseong Fortress : 3.5
  73. Iguacu : 3.5
  74. Imperial Tombs : 3.5
  75. Jantar Mantar : 3.5
  76. Jelling : 3.5
  77. Kii Mountain Range : 3.5
  78. Lima : 3.5
  79. Luther Memorials : 3.5
  80. Meknes : 3.5
  81. New Lanark : 3.5
  82. Palenque : 3.5
  83. Red Fort : 3.5
  84. South China Karst : 3.5
  85. Speyer Cathedral : 3.5
  86. Stevns Klint : 3.5
  87. Studley Royal Park : 3.5
  88. Summer Palace : 3.5
  89. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch : 3.5
  90. Verona : 3.5
  91. Villa Adriana (Tivoli) : 3.5
  92. Villa d'Este : 3.5
  93. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch : 3.0
  94. Ahmadabad : 3.0
  95. Alto Douro : 3.0
  96. Arequipa : 3.0
  97. Beemster Polder : 3.0
  98. Belfries : 3.0
  99. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe : 3.0
  100. Brugge : 3.0
  101. Corvey : 3.0
  102. Dong Phayayen : 3.0
  103. Drottningholm : 3.0
  104. Fatehpur Sikri : 3.0
  105. Flemish Béguinages : 3.0
  106. Fortifications of Vauban : 3.0
  107. Frontiers of the Roman Empire : 3.0
  108. Huascaran National Park : 3.0
  109. Jongmyo Shrine : 3.0
  110. Kinderdijk : 3.0
  111. Kronborg Castle : 3.0
  112. La Lonja de la Seda : 3.0
  113. Liverpool : 3.0
  114. Mexico City and Xochimilco : 3.0
  115. Pantanal : 3.0
  116. Pilgrimage Church of Wies : 3.0
  117. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal : 3.0
  118. Reichenau : 3.0
  119. Riga : 3.0
  120. Rio de Janeiro : 3.0
  121. Roskilde Cathedral : 3.0
  122. Royal Joseon Tombs : 3.0
  123. Saltaire : 3.0
  124. Schönbrunn : 3.0
  125. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama : 3.0
  126. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District : 3.0
  127. Split : 3.0
  128. Tallinn : 3.0
  129. Tongariro National Park : 3.0
  130. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen : 3.0
  131. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 3.0
  132. Van Nellefabriek : 3.0
  133. Volubilis : 3.0
  134. Yosemite National Park : 3.0
  135. Bauhaus Sites : 2.5
  136. Campeche : 2.5
  137. Christiansfeld : 2.5
  138. Cologne Cathedral : 2.5
  139. Donana National Park : 2.5
  140. Fagus Factory : 2.5
  141. Forth Bridge : 2.5
  142. Graz : 2.5
  143. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church : 2.5
  144. Keoladeo National Park : 2.5
  145. Maritime Greenwich : 2.5
  146. Palmeral of Elche : 2.5
  147. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings : 2.5
  148. Puebla : 2.5
  149. Trogir : 2.5
  150. Venetian Works of Defence : 2.5
  151. Brasilia : 2.0
  152. Major Town Houses : 2.0
  153. Messel Pit : 2.0
  154. Ouro Preto : 2.0
  155. Skogskyrkogarden : 2.0
  156. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 1.5
  157. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz : 1.5
  158. Par force hunting landscape : 1.0
  159. Stoclet House : 1.0
  160. Struve Geodetic Arc : 1.0
  161. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  162. Avignon
  163. Bryggen
  164. Camino Real
  165. Canal du Midi
  166. Epidaurus
  167. Everglades
  168. Iguazu National Park
  169. Longobards in Italy
  170. Maulbronn Monastery
  171. Mont-Saint-Michel
  172. Mystras
  173. Olympia
  174. Orange
  175. Pont du Gard
  176. Quedlinburg
  177. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  178. Salzburg
  179. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  180. Silk Roads
  181. Stralsund and Wismar
  182. Strasbourg
  183. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  184. Trier
  185. Venice and its Lagoon
  186. Versailles
  187. Völklingen Ironworks
  188. Wadden Sea
  189. West Norwegian Fjords
  190. Westminster