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Together with Svein, we travel around the world to explore and enjoy new WHS, countries, culture and great food.  In 2010 we become WHS travellers, when we started planning our trips in order to visit WHS. 

Hunting for WHS makes us go off the beaten tracks and brings us to new and exciting places, trying to understand the OUV.  Travel is more than seeing new places, it’s  about learning history, new culture and enjoy excotic food and drinks. 

 

 

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Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)

Randi Thomsen Norway - 09-Oct-21

Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)

We spent two short days in Minorca in October 2021 to check out the upcoming nomination to the list for next year. Presently there are 25 locations enlisted, but the selection of sites is likely to be and should be reduced.

The first 4-6 visits were nice, they added something different, but then it was too much of the same. Some of the sites are neglected and need to be maintained. It seems that the best sites were those with an admission. So which one will survive? Here is our bet after visiting 18 sites. 

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Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (T)

Randi Thomsen Norway - 13-Feb-21

Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (T)

The proposed Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape consist of three different locations the Makgadikgadi National Parks, Nxai Pan National Park and Nata Bird Sanctuary.

We managed to visit all three of them on our Namibia-Botswana roadtrip in April 2019.

From Kasane to Maun we did a stop-over close to Gweta. We stayed at Planet Baobab

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The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)

Randi Thomsen Norway - 07-Feb-21

The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)

As part of our 2020 summer trip to the north of Norway, we did a short cut through northern Finland. We stayed overnight at the shore of Lake Inari.

In order to visit the Island of Ukonsaari, you will have to join a boat-trip. During summer there are daily tours leaving at 13:00 by Visit Inari. So what to do while waiting for the boat to leave? Two options: you can visit the Sami museum, Siida, or take a hike to Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church. The wooden church was built in 1760 after the Christianization of the local people on the site of an old Sami winter village. The easiest way to reach the church is to hike from Inari village,  starting point of the trail is the Sarviniementie parking area. The hike is 5km one way through the woods.

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Vat Phou

Randi Thomsen Norway - 07-Nov-20

Vat Phou

Visit Januar 2020

Yet another Angkor Site, but has it’s own charm. Nice setting in the slopes of the holy mountain.

From the ticket office, there is an electric bus to the site. We got there in the morning, not many tourists and not too hot. The middle section was nice to explore. The main temple requires a few stairs to climb. The main temple has some very nice reliefs. We also went looking for the elephant stone, crocodile stone and the holy spring.

The small museum is also worth a visit though not outstanding.

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Preah Vihear Temple

Randi Thomsen Norway - 07-Nov-20

Preah Vihear Temple

We organized a day trip from Siem Reap with a private car and a driver, a three hour drive. The temple site sits on the top of a 700 m high “mountain”.  The ticket booth is down on the plain and you need to buy special transport to get up the steep hill. It’s $5 pp on a motorbike or $25 for a truck with 6 seats. Entrance is $10pp.

On site there are several bunkers from the dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. Prior to the inscription you could walk up the ancient holy path from the Thai side, but now that entrance is closed.

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There are so many impressive places in the world. I have a special feeling for Natural WHS like Galapagos, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Norwegian Fjords, but places like Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat and Rome is impressive

Recently Visited WHS

Update 14.06.22
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Baalbek 4.5
Cordoba 4.5
Florence 4.5
Redwood 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Taj Mahal 4.5
Anjar 4
Brugge 4
Elvas 4
Hué 4
Prague 4
Toledo 4
Vienna 4
Assisi 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Champagne 3.5
Chan Chan 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
El Tajin 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Hoi An 3.5
Matera 3.5
My Son 3.5
Naples 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Oporto 3.5
Paphos 3.5
Pergamon 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Quito 3.5
Québec 3.5
Riga 3.5
Salzburg 3.5
Segovia 3.5
Siena 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Surtsey 3.5
Syracuse 3.5
Tiwanaku 3.5
Tsodilo 3.5
Tyre 3.5
Vat Phou 3.5
Vegaøyan 3.5
Albi 3
Belem 3
Byblos 3
Chavin 3
Cuenca 3
Genoa 3
Graz 3
Kandy 3
Kotor 3
Lima 3
Mostar 3
Orange 3
Pienza 3
Puebla 3
Reims 3
Røros 3
Split 3
Torun 3
Trier 3
Trogir 3
Verona 3
Visby 3
Aquileia 2.5
Aranjuez 2.5
Arles 2.5
Avila 2.5
Ayutthaya 2.5
Bordeaux 2.5
Bryggen 2.5
Caceres 2.5
Evora 2.5
Ferrara 2.5
Hollókö 2.5
Ibiza 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Kerkuane 2.5
Kyiv 2.5
Mazagan 2.5
Modena 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Provins 2.5
Qalhat 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Reichenau 2.5
Saltaire 2.5
Tallinn 2.5
Tarraco 2.5
Telc 2.5
Trebic 2.5
Troy 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Valletta 2.5
Vézelay 2.5
Warsaw 2.5
Zamosc 2.5
Al Ain 2
Ivrea 2
Corvey 1.5
Kernavė 1.5
Pearling 1.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Augustow Canal (T)
  4. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  5. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  6. Beng Malea Temple (T)
  7. Big Bend National Park (T)
  8. Brandberg National Monument Area (T)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  10. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  11. Cattolica Monastery in Stilo and Basilian-Byzantine complexes (T)
  12. Central Park (T)
  13. Centre historique de Saida (T)
  14. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  15. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  16. Chobe Linyanti System (T)
  17. Chott El Jerid (T)
  18. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  19. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  20. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  21. City of Motovun (T)
  22. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  23. Creswell Crags (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of "Cave Towns" of the Crimean Gothia (T)
  25. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  26. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  27. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  28. Djerdap National Park (T)
  29. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  30. Edifices for Worship of Fortress Type in Belarus, Poland and Lithuania (T)
  31. Ellis Island (T)
  32. Etosha Pan (T)
  33. Flow Country (T)
  34. Former M-13 prison/ Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21)/ Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (former Execution Site of S-21) (T)
  35. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  36. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Dacia (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes (Romania) (T)
  38. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  39. Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Serbia) (T)
  40. Geyser in Herlany (T)
  41. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  42. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  43. Habitat troglodytique et le monde des ksour du Sud tunisien (T)
  44. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  45. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  46. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  47. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston (T)
  48. Île de Djerba (T)
  49. Island of St Helena (T)
  50. Jozani - Chwaka Bay Conservation Area (T)
  51. Khor Dubai (T)
  52. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  53. Koh Ker: Archeological site of Ancient Lingapura Or Chok Gargyar (T)
  54. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  55. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  56. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  57. Lake Titicaca (T)
  58. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
  59. Le centre historique de la ville de Batroun (T)
  60. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  61. Le complexe hydraulique romain de Zaghouan-Carthage (T)
  62. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  63. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  64. Le site archéologique de Sbeïtla (T)
  65. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  66. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  67. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  68. Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (Tunisia) (T)
  69. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  70. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  71. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (S) (T)
  72. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  73. Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (T)
  74. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  75. Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (T)
  76. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  77. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  78. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  79. Médina de Sfax (T)
  80. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  81. Mole National Park (T)
  82. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  83. Mothia and Lilibeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  84. Mount Vernon (T)
  85. Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof (T)
  86. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  87. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  88. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  89. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  90. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  91. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  92. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  93. Oasis de Gabes (T)
  94. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  95. Okavango Delta (T)
  96. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  97. Old Town of Bar (T)
  98. Orvieto (T)
  99. Parc National d'El Feija (T)
  100. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  101. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  102. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  103. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  104. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  105. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  106. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  107. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  108. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  109. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  110. Saviour Transfiguration Church and St. Sophia Cathedral in the town of Polatsk (T)
  111. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  112. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  113. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  114. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  115. Sites of Saytagrah (T)
  116. SS. Boris and Gleb (Kalozha) Church in the city of Hrodna (T)
  117. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  118. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  119. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slovak) (T)
  120. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  121. Temple d’Echmoun (T)
  122. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  123. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  124. The Burren (T)
  125. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  126. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  127. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  128. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  129. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  130. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  131. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  132. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  133. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  134. The Lofoten islands (T)
  135. The Maritime Heritage of Dragør Old Town and Harbour - A ‘skipper-town’ from the era of the great tall ships in the 18th and 19th centuries (T)
  136. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  137. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  138. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  139. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  140. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  141. The Silver Route (T)
  142. The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (T)
  143. The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track (T)
  144. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  145. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  146. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  147. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  148. Trowulan (T)
  149. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  150. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  151. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  152. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  153. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  154. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  155. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  156. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  157. White Sands National Monument (T)
  158. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  159. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  3. Cenotes of the Yucatan
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Mount Rushmore
  8. Panama Canal
  9. Petrified Forest National Park
  10. Rainforests of Polynesia
  11. Scrovegni's Chapel
  12. Silk Roads
  13. Svalbard
  14. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin