Riccardo Quaranta Profile

Riccardo Quaranta
Riccardo Quaranta.

My name is Riccardo and I was born near Rome, in Italy. I'm in love with traveling and the beauty of this world. I believe that one of the best ways to appreciate what the world and its people offer is to travel and learn from this amazing experience.

A great way to learn and understand everything that is different from our daily life is by appreciating the heritage that is left for us by people, together with the stunning beauty of nature. This is why I am interested in the UNESCO World Heritage. Through them, I feel like I’m learning what people are capable of doing and I am always amazed at the incredible shows that Nature is capable of disclosing before our eyes. I want to share my passion with the rest of the world, because I strongly believe that the world would be a much better place if everyone could travel and see this incredible beauty with their own eyes, the way I do.

I have also my personal blog: www.theunescochallenge.wordpress.com

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Les tombes de la Basse Selca (T)

Riccardo Quaranta Italy - 31-Aug-22

Les tombes de la Basse Selca (T)

There is not much that can be added to Solivagant's excellent review of les tombes de la Basse Selca in Albania. I will only give an update on how to get there and what to expect as of August 2022 when I visited the tombs on my way from Elbasan to Lin.

Now, the location is even mapped on google maps as "Gradishta e Selcës së Poshtëme" (coordinates: 40.990687532328295, 20.519241375903466). This is the correct position so it's a good way to find the right spot. Don't get confused with the nearby "Gredishtë" as it will lead you to the wrong spot.

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Agioi Varnavas and Ilarion at Peristerona (Five-domed churches) (T)

Riccardo Quaranta Italy - 20-Aug-21

Agioi Varnavas and Ilarion at Peristerona (Five-domed churches) (T)

I visited the church of Agioi Varnavas and Ilarion at Peristerona on my way from the Troodos mountains to Nicosia in August 2021.

Upon arriving at the church, we found it closed, although the opening times on the door stated that it should have been open at that moment. As it happened many times when visiting churches in Cyprus, I had to find someone who had the key or could contact the keykeeper for us. In this case it was very simple as there is a nice cafe right in front of the church so, while we ordered a good Cyprus coffee, we also asked the owner if he knew how to get the church open. He then made a call and, while we were sipping our good and really hot coffee (in a 40°C weather), the caretaker of the church showed up and opened the door for us.

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Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)

Riccardo Quaranta Italy - 20-Aug-21

Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)

This tentative site is composed by two elements: the Salt lake, and the Ottoman mosque and tomb of Hala Sultan Tekke on the lake's shores.

The mosque is just a few minutes by car outside the city of Larnaka, near the international airport. The mosque has a good (ad free) car park and the lake can easily be visited by parking at the mosque and then taking a short path to the lake's shore. There are also other places around the lake that allow to reach the shore but they are not as easy to reach as the mosque.

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Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)

Riccardo Quaranta Italy - 18-Aug-21

Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)

The church of Panagia Aggeloktisti is in the small town of Kiti, not far from the city of Larnaka in Cyprus and therefore it's an easy visit from the city. It is an ancient (5th-6th century) Byzantine church although most of what can be seen today, except for the mosaic on the vault over the apse, was rebuilt in the 11th century, .

Despite being a massive stone church, with well preserved wall paintings and remarkable mosaics, in my opinion it does not add much to the plethora of Byzantine churches that are already inscribed in the World Heritage List.

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Church of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa, Kourdali (extension to (T)

Riccardo Quaranta Italy - 18-Aug-21

Church of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa, Kourdali (extension to  (T)

The church of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa is a proposed extension to the serial site Painted churches of the Troodos region, which comprises already 10 churches. This church is located not far from the town of Kakopetria, where two of the inscribed churches are located and it's therefore quite easy to visit. Furthermore, the opening times are posted online and they seem to be followed.

Unfortunately, compared to the other churches, the conservation state of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa is not as good as only one of the inner walls is still painted while the others are covered with white plaster that probably means that the Byzantine paintings are lost. This is a shame especially because, from what is left, the quality of the original paintings seemed too be pretty high.

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Name
Riccardo Quaranta
Country
Italy
Most Impressive
Rome, Angkor, Machu Picchu, Bagan.
Proposal
Titicaca Lake, Mount Bromo.
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Update 22.08.22
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Bagan 5
Borobudur 4.5
Dolomites 4.5
Matera 4.5
Nikko 4
Albi 3.5
Arequipa 3.5
Assisi 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Hoi An 3.5
Meknes 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Paphos 3.5
Pienza 3.5
Rabat 3.5
Ravenna 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Corfu 3
Hué 3
Quito 3
Vigan 3
Ferrara 2.5
Modena 2.5
Nice 1.5
Old Rauma 1.5
Ivrea 1
  1. Agioi Varnavas and Ilarion at Peristerona (Five-domed churches) (T)
  2. Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath (T)
  3. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  4. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  5. Beng Malea Temple (T)
  6. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  8. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  9. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  10. Central Park (T)
  11. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  12. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  13. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  14. Church of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa, Kourdali (extension to (T)
  15. Cienaga de Zapata National Park (T)
  16. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  17. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  18. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  19. Cultural Itinerary of Ecuador's Trans-Andean Train (T)
  20. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  21. Dahab (T)
  22. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  23. Desert National Park (T)
  24. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  25. Doclea (T)
  26. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  27. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  28. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  29. Ellis Island (T)
  30. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  31. Former M-13 prison/ Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21)/ Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (former Execution Site of S-21) (T)
  32. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  33. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  34. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  35. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  36. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  37. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  38. Inle Lake (T)
  39. Karstic caves in prehistoric Apulia (T)
  40. Khor Dubai (T)
  41. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  42. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  43. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  44. Lake Titicaca (T)
  45. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  46. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  47. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  48. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  49. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  50. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  51. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  52. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  53. Les tombes de la Basse Selca (T)
  54. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  55. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  56. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  57. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  58. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  59. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  60. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  61. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  62. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  63. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  64. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  65. Old Town of Bar (T)
  66. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  67. Orvieto (T)
  68. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  69. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  70. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  71. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  72. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  73. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  74. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  75. The Ancient City of Apollonia (T)
  76. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  77. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  78. The Area of Old Carved Stone in Sapa (T)
  79. The Castle of Bashtova (T)
  80. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  81. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  82. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  83. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  84. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  85. The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track (T)
  86. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  87. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  88. Ulcinj Old town (T)
  89. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  90. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  91. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  92. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)
  93. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay) (T)