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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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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Painted Churches in the Troödos Region

Riccardo Quaranta Italy - 16-Aug-21

Painted Churches in the Troödos Region

The 10 painted churches located up on the mountains in the Troödos Region of Cyprus are an interesting collection of richly decorated Byzantine churches, some of which date back to the 11th century, still in use (somehow) today.

Something that I realized after visiting a few of the churches in August 2021 is that, by visiting only one or two of them, one would not really grasp the full meaning of this inscription. In fact, some of the churches are isolated, small and, honestly, quite unimpressive on their own. However, as we visited more and more, the prospective drastically changed for me and I started to appreciate the uniqueness of this serial site and the thread that connects all these monuments.

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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 18.10.21
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Bagan 5
Borobudur 4.5
Dolomites 4.5
Matera 4.5
Nikko 4
Albi 3.5
Arequipa 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
Vigan 3
Ferrara 2.5
Modena 2.5
Nice 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. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  12. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  13. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  14. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  15. Church of Panayia Chrysokourdaliotissa, Kourdali (extension to (T)
  16. Cienaga de Zapata National Park (T)
  17. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  18. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  19. Coastal Cliffs (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. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  26. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  27. Ellis Island (T)
  28. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  29. Former M-13 prison/ Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21)/ Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (former Execution Site of S-21) (T)
  30. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  31. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  32. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  33. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  34. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  35. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  36. Inle Lake (T)
  37. Karstic caves in prehistoric Apulia (T)
  38. Khor Dubai (T)
  39. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  40. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  41. Lake Titicaca (T)
  42. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  43. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  44. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  45. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  46. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  47. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  48. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  49. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  50. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  51. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  52. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  53. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  54. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  55. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  56. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  57. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  58. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  59. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  60. Orvieto (T)
  61. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  62. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  63. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  64. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  65. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  66. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  67. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  68. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  69. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  70. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  71. The Area of Old Carved Stone in Sapa (T)
  72. The city of Bergamo (T)
  73. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  74. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  75. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  76. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  77. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  78. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  79. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  80. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  81. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  82. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  83. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)
  84. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay) (T)