Svein Elias Profile

Svein Elias
Svein Elias.

I never travelled - until i was in my forties. Then I met Randi who had a wide experience with travelling. Since 2006 we have been travelling together, and since 2010 we have been "hunting" WHS'.

Through the last decade I've learnt to really appreciate the feeling of visiting new places, the curiosity and the excitement seeing different habits and cultures. Seeing nature's grand places with its unique animal life gives me great satisfaction. Historic places is another great experience, it makes you learn history along the way.

Seeing odd places which few people have visited before, preferably combined with the above, is the top of my list. Maybe it's kind of naive, but anyway...

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Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (Tunisia) (T)

Svein Elias Norway - 22-May-22

Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (Tunisia) (T)

On our April tour of Tunisia, we wanted to visit several TWHS’, but there wasn’t time in our schedule to visit them all. Thus, we had to choose between the 16 of them. Visiting Djerba we visited the mausoleum of Henchir Bourgou as a part of the TWHS Djerba, unconsciously we also started our Nubian mausoleum journey. The community likes for this site is a 100%! Although it’s only four votes, still a 100% is overwhelming. There are 5 elements in this nomination, and we suspect the community judgement is based on only one element, the one in Dougga. We managed to visit four elements, and did they live up too the requirements and expectations of our community?

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Le site archéologique de Sbeïtla (T)

Svein Elias Norway - 22-May-22

Le site archéologique de Sbeïtla (T)

Sbeïtla is located slightly south of the center of northern Tunisia, as the countries map visually divides in two by the vast salt pan of Chott el Jerid. It’s on the north-south line between Dougga and Chott el Jerid some 100 km southwest of Kairouan. It’s a large roman remain with some near complete structures and a lot of lower structures. In total it shows the size of this once great city.

Arriving just an hour before closing time and even at Ramadan we weren’t very popular neither at the ticket counter nor the gate. The counter had practically been closed already, but er got tickets, and at the gate they told us that we couldn’t do it within the hour. Thus, we hasted along not really knowing which direction to take. Soon we had an uninvited “guide” with us speaking only a few words of English. After telling him a couple of times we could do this by ourselves we gave that up. He hasted along with us saying “mill, olive press, bathtub, fountain, church” and so he continued. After a while we had to admit he was in fact informative in his short language way

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Habitat troglodytique et le monde des ksour du Sud tunisien (T)

Svein Elias Norway - 21-May-22

Habitat troglodytique et le monde des ksour du Sud tunisien (T)

This is fun! This is great!
A new this interesting TWHS is just fantastic! They appear unique and different! Although the site description can tell us that there are other troglodyte habitats sites and thus not unique, it also says the collective granaries are.

After visiting 8 of the 22 troglodyte habitats in the southern part of Tunisia, we found mainly granaries. Some easily accessible and other more remote, and by far the more remote ones are the most interesting.

Our first one was in the town of Médenine (lower right picture). Except some unwanted odd people hanging around and a private museum inside the ksour that didn’t really appeal, it was good example. The ksour itself is big and contains a two-three story building complex with twisted and rough stairs, certainly interesting

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Île de Djerba (T)

Svein Elias Norway - 20-May-22

Île de Djerba (T)

On our Tunisia journey this April, we visited the island of Djerba. Visiting all the country’s WHS’ we wanted to add on a visit the only site which will supposedly be forwarded (next year). Not knowing too much about the island upfront thus we decided to stay a day (and two nights) to explore it. Even though the island is far from small the mentioned elements in the site description are limited, so with all due respect to the island’s nature, history, culture and trade traditions, there is not much to see!

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Karstic caves in prehistoric Apulia (T)

Svein Elias Norway - 19-Oct-21

Karstic caves in prehistoric Apulia (T)

Our long summer holiday 2021 included a drive down to "the bottom" Italy, and amongst other sites we wanted to visit the three Karstic caves in Apulia, but we didn’t have any luck. 

Our first attempt was Grotta dei Cervi which is by the coast 10-12km south of Otranto.
While trying to locate the site by the coordinates we drove back and forth a couple of times and finally ended up at a closed gate by the main road. We had visual of a small building which might be the cave entrance, but we’re not sure. After searching a bit on the internet we found out that this site is only open to authorized personnel and researchers only.

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Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Baalbek 4.5
Florence 4.5
Rome 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Brugge 4
Oporto 4
Pompei 4
Prague 4
Toledo 4
Assisi 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Cordoba 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
El Tajin 3.5
Epidaurus 3.5
Evora 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Genoa 3.5
Granada 3.5
Graz 3.5
Hué 3.5
Jelling 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Matera 3.5
Mostar 3.5
My Son 3.5
Mystras 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Paphos 3.5
Quito 3.5
Québec 3.5
Reims 3.5
Riga 3.5
Segovia 3.5
Seville 3.5
Siena 3.5
Split 3.5
Surtsey 3.5
Tallinn 3.5
Telc 3.5
Tequila 3.5
Tiwanaku 3.5
Trier 3.5
Vat Phou 3.5
Vienna 3.5
Zacatecas 3.5
Zamosc 3.5
Anjar 3
Arles 3
Avila 3
Belem 3
Byblos 3
Chavin 3
Elvas 3
Hoi An 3
Modena 3
Nancy 3
Orange 3
Pienza 3
Puebla 3
Røros 3
Sintra 3
Torun 3
Trogir 3
Tyre 3
Urbino 3
Verona 3
Visby 3
Warsaw 3
Agrigento 2.5
Ahmadabad 2.5
Al Ain 2.5
Albi 2.5
Ayutthaya 2.5
Belfries 2.5
Bordeaux 2.5
Burgundy 2.5
Carthage 2.5
Kairouan 2.5
Kerkuane 2.5
Kyiv 2.5
Lima 2.5
Naples 2.5
Reichenau 2.5
Tarraco 2.5
Trang An 2.5
Vilnius 2.5
Corvey 2
Ibiza 2
Kandy 2
Trebic 2
Troy 2
Aquileia 1.5
Ivrea 1.5
Kernavė 1.5
Ljubljana 1.5
Pearling 1.5
Provins 1.5
Qalhat 1.5
Saltaire 1.5
Schokland 1.5
  1. Abraj Al-Kuwait (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  4. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  5. Augustow Canal (T)
  6. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  7. Barbar Temple (T)
  8. Beng Malea Temple (T)
  9. Brandberg National Monument Area (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 Kalahari Game Reserve (T)
  13. Central Park (T)
  14. Centre historique de Saida (T)
  15. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  16. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  17. Chobe Linyanti System (T)
  18. Chott El Jerid (T)
  19. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  20. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  21. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  22. City of Motovun (T)
  23. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  24. Creswell Crags (T)
  25. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  26. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  27. Djerdap National Park (T)
  28. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  29. Edifices for Worship of Fortress Type in Belarus, Poland and Lithuania (T)
  30. Etosha Pan (T)
  31. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  32. Flow Country (T)
  33. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  34. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  35. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  36. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  37. Habitat troglodytique et le monde des ksour du Sud tunisien (T)
  38. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  39. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  40. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  41. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  42. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston (T)
  43. Île de Djerba (T)
  44. Khor Dubai (T)
  45. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  46. Koh Ker: Archeological site of Ancient Lingapura Or Chok Gargyar (T)
  47. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  48. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  49. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  50. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  51. Lake Titicaca (T)
  52. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
  53. Le centre historique de la ville de Batroun (T)
  54. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  55. Le complexe hydraulique romain de Zaghouan-Carthage (T)
  56. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  57. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  58. Le site archéologique de Sbeïtla (T)
  59. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  60. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  61. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  62. Les Mausolées Royaux de Numidie, de la Maurétanie et les monuments funéraires pré-islamiques (Tunisia) (T)
  63. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  64. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  65. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  66. Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (T)
  67. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  68. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  69. Médina de Sfax (T)
  70. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  71. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  72. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  73. Mothia and Lilibeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  74. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  75. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  76. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  77. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  78. Negotinske Pivnice (T)
  79. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  80. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  81. Oasis de Gabes (T)
  82. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  83. Okavango Delta (T)
  84. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  85. Old Town of Bar (T)
  86. Orvieto (T)
  87. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  88. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  89. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  90. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  91. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  92. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  93. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  94. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  95. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  96. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  97. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  98. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  99. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  100. Saviour Transfiguration Church and St. Sophia Cathedral in the town of Polatsk (T)
  101. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  102. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jabir Palace (T)
  103. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  104. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  105. Sites of Saytagrah (T)
  106. SS. Boris and Gleb (Kalozha) Church in the city of Hrodna (T)
  107. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  108. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  109. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slovak) (T)
  110. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  111. Temple d’Echmoun (T)
  112. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  113. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  114. The Burren (T)
  115. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  116. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  117. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  118. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  119. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  120. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  121. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  122. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  123. The Lofoten islands (T)
  124. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  125. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blidinje (T)
  126. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  127. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  128. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  129. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  130. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  131. The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (T)
  132. The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track (T)
  133. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  134. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  135. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  136. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  137. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  138. Trowulan (T)
  139. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  140. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  141. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  142. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  143. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  144. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  145. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  146. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  147. White Sands National Monument (T)
  148. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  149. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Top 200 WHS

  1. Isole Eolie
  2. Le Havre
  3. Ferrara
  4. Split
  5. Graz
  6. Berat and Gjirokastra
  7. Salzburg
  8. Warsaw
  9. Edinburgh
  10. City of Bath
  11. Matera
  12. Old City of Jerusalem
  13. Rome
  14. Istanbul
  15. Venice and its Lagoon
  16. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  17. Silk Roads
  18. Polonnaruva
  19. Anuradhapura
  20. Angkor
  21. Rock Art of Alta
  22. Ohrid Region
  23. Plitvice Lakes
  24. Iguazu National Park
  25. Okavango Delta
  26. Victoria Falls
  27. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  28. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  29. Brú na Bóinne
  30. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  31. Nasca Lines
  32. Stonehenge
  33. Chichen-Itza
  34. Tikal National Park
  35. Mesa Verde
  36. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  37. Zamosc
  38. Vicenza
  39. Vlkolinec
  40. San Marino and Mount Titano
  41. Valletta
  42. Urbino
  43. Old Rauma
  44. City of Luxembourg
  45. Riga
  46. Grand Place, Brussels
  47. Val di Noto
  48. Mostar
  49. Messel Pit
  50. Genoa
  51. Litomysl Castle
  52. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  53. Würzburg Residence
  54. Wartburg Castle
  55. Schönbrunn
  56. Potsdam
  57. Versailles
  58. Palmyra
  59. Petra
  60. Durmitor National Park
  61. Dolomites
  62. Mount Kenya
  63. Pirin National Park
  64. Great Himalayan National Park
  65. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  66. Machu Picchu
  67. Kilimanjaro National Park
  68. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  69. Røros
  70. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  71. Tower of London
  72. Malbork Castle
  73. Great Wall
  74. Gwynedd Castles
  75. Regensburg
  76. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  77. Vilnius
  78. Kotor
  79. Sighisoara
  80. Strasbourg
  81. Bardejov Town
  82. Trogir
  83. Quedlinburg
  84. Gammelstad
  85. Torun
  86. Bamberg
  87. Telc
  88. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  89. Tallinn
  90. San Gimignano
  91. Cesky Krumlov
  92. Budapest
  93. Brugge
  94. Vienna
  95. Cracow
  96. Dubrovnik
  97. Siena
  98. Valparaiso
  99. Visby
  100. Bryggen
  101. Lübeck
  102. Maritime Greenwich
  103. Belize Barrier Reef
  104. Great Barrier Reef
  105. West Norwegian Fjords
  106. Cuzco
  107. Mammoth Cave
  108. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  109. Skocjan Caves
  110. Ha Long Bay
  111. Yosemite National Park
  112. Sinharaja Forest
  113. Redwood
  114. Greater Blue Mountains
  115. Serengeti
  116. Ngorongoro
  117. Yellowstone
  118. Galapagos Islands
  119. Komodo National Park
  120. Site of Xanadu
  121. Van Nellefabriek
  122. Rjukan / Notodden
  123. Grand Canyon
  124. Monticello
  125. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  126. Champagne
  127. Muskauer Park
  128. Vegaøyan
  129. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  130. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  131. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  132. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  133. Loire Valley
  134. Costiera Amalfitana
  135. Sintra
  136. Thingvellir
  137. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  138. Old Havana
  139. Old Town of Galle
  140. Quito
  141. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  142. Madara Rider
  143. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  144. Curonian Spit
  145. Kinderdijk
  146. Sydney Opera House
  147. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  148. Modena
  149. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  150. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  151. Studenica Monastery
  152. Reichenau
  153. Pannonhalma
  154. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  155. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  156. Boyana Church
  157. Monastery of Horezu
  158. Urnes Stave Church
  159. Churches of Peace
  160. Rila Monastery
  161. Cologne Cathedral
  162. Speyer Cathedral
  163. Luther Memorials
  164. Belem
  165. Westminster
  166. Mont-Saint-Michel
  167. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  168. Vatican City
  169. Meteora
  170. Ravenna
  171. Blue and John Crow Mountains
  172. Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  173. Mystras
  174. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  175. Taj Mahal
  176. Pyramids (Memphis)
  177. Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
  178. Kandy
  179. Lumbini
  180. Sigiriya
  181. Kathmandu Valley
  182. Samarkand
  183. Medina of Marrakesh
  184. Syracuse
  185. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  186. Pompei
  187. Villa Romana del Casale
  188. Butrint
  189. Epidaurus
  190. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  191. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  192. Agrigento
  193. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  194. Acropolis
  195. Olympia
  196. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  197. Saint-Emilion
  198. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  199. Viñales Valley
  200. Mount Etna