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Dutch Water Defence Lines

Tony H. Finland - 03-Jun-24

Dutch Water Defence Lines

Visited in April 2024. When I was preparing for my trip to the Netherlands I realised that I've visited this site already on all my previous trips to the country. Basically every road and train line out of Amsterdam goes through the core zone of this site and I have done multiple trips out of Amsterdam before. I might have also visited some of the forts around Utrecht but that was a long time so I can't count on my memory anymore. But this time I wanted to visit the site consciously.

I chose to stop by Fort Uitermeer, near the town of Weesp

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Historic Jeddah

Tony H. Finland - 29-May-24

Historic Jeddah

Visited in February 2024. Walking around the historical Jeddah during noon on a weekday, you'll get the place all for yourself. Not much local life here during the daytime, which is the case everywhere in Saudi Arabia. The old town is still mostly a construction site. Almost every building is undergoing renovations and none of the museums were open for the public during my visit. However, the old town is still quite picturesque with the tall buildings and their wooden balconies. 

I started my visit from the Al Bayaa Square in the northern part of the old town, where one of the old gates is located. There was a lot of buzz around here as people were building up stalls for the Jeddah half marathon. From there I started to walk towards Shafei Mosque. I found this northern part of the old town to be the most pleasant part, maybe because there was no one around, but also the buildings were there more beautiful. Rest of the old town has more non-traditional buildings in the mix. At Shafei Mosque I was invited to join a tour group and heard about the history of the mosque. The beautifully carved wooden door of the mosque is 600 years old. From the mosque I continued to Nassif House Museum which was closed for renovations

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Hegra

Tony H. Finland - 28-May-24

Hegra

Visited in February 2024. Visiting Hegra and the nearby town of Al Ula is a reminder that Saudi Arabia is not yet ready for the mass tourism that it's hoping to achieve. I arrived to Al Ula by plane and took one of the official Al Ula taxes from the airport to my accommodation which was a van parked in someone's date palm farm. Finding mid-priced accommodation (budget accommodation is non-existent) is still very hard in this town and that might lead you to stay in fun places like a van! Most people from my flight seemed to opt for rental cars but I tried to survive without one. Careem was working now fine but you had to usually wait for some time for a pick-up.

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Turaif Quarter

Tony H. Finland - 28-May-24

Turaif Quarter

Visited in February 2024. Things are changing fast in Saudi Arabia and At-Turaif Quarter is not an exception to that. I visited At-Turaif (also known as Diriyah) on a weekday just before the Saudi Founding Day. My Uber took me to the entrance of Bujairi Terrace, a fancy restaurant and shopping district, that you have to walk through to get to the historical site. You needed a ticket to enter, which you got by scanning a QR code at the entrance, and the ticket was for free, which might have been because of the Founding Day.

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Haci Bayram District (T)

Tony H. Finland - 16-Feb-20

Haci Bayram District (T)

Turkey still has some World Heritage status worthy entries on its T-list. But what is probably bothering Turkish politicians, is the fact that Turkey's capital is plain boring when it comes to historical sights (or any sights actually). How to get a World Heritage site to Ankara? Haci Bayram district is Ankara's best attempt. Haci Bayram-i Veli Camii is a small mosque dedicated to a Sufi poet Haci Bayram-i Veli. His tomb is next to the mosque and it's very busy with Turkish worshippers. From the outside the mosque looks old, as it is, but the inside it has been renovated clearly a lot. Original mosque is from the 15th century but the famous Mimar Sinan restored the mosque in the next century

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Name
Tony H.
Country
Finland
Most Impressive
- Great Pyramids of Giza- Old City of Jerusalem
Proposal
The rock paintings of Astuvansalmi at Ristiina, Finland.
Rating Stats
Rome 5
Vienna 5
Dolomites 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Hegra 4.5
L'viv 4.5
Prague 4.5
Riga 4.5
Brugge 4
Nancy 4
Yazd 4
Acropolis 3.5
Agra Fort 3.5
Borobudur 3.5
Cordoba 3.5
Hué 3.5
Mostar 3.5
Oporto 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Verona 3.5
Vlkolinec 3.5
Warsaw 3.5
Hoi An 3
Kotor 3
My Son 3
Nikko 3
Troy 3
Belfries 2.5
Mtskheta 2.5
Nice 2.5
Belem 2
Kandy 2
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancient City of Korykos (T)
  3. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  4. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  7. Central Park (T)
  8. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  9. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  10. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  11. Haci Bayram Mosque and its Surrounding Area (the Haci Bayram District) (T)
  12. Harran and Sanliurfa (T)
  13. Hejaz Railway (T)
  14. Historic Town of Beypazarı (T)
  15. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  16. Jerusalem (T)
  17. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  18. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  19. Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA) (T)
  20. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  21. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  22. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  23. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  24. Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town (T)
  25. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  26. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  27. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  28. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  29. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  30. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  31. St. Paul Church, St. Pauls Well and surrounding historic quarters (T)
  32. Syrian Hajj Road (T)
  33. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  34. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  35. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  36. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  37. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  38. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  39. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  40. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  41. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  42. The Historical Port City of Izmir (T)
  43. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  44. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  45. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  46. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  47. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  48. The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas and Kastels (T)
  49. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  50. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  51. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  52. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  53. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Amritsar
  2. Andaman Islands
  3. Bagan
  4. Band E Amir
  5. Chernobyl
  6. City of Herat
  7. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  8. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  9. Ephesus
  10. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  11. Hollywood Studios & Movie Palaces
  12. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  13. Mecca, Kaaba
  14. Petrified Forest National Park
  15. Rainforests of Polynesia
  16. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
  17. The Archaeological Site of Göbeklitepe
  18. Ur
  19. Varanasi
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier

Top 200 WHS

  1. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  2. Laponian Area
  3. Acropolis
  4. Butrint
  5. Ephesus
  6. Pompei
  7. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  8. Historic Cairo
  9. Potala Palace
  10. Borobudur
  11. Bamiyan Valley
  12. Pyramids (Memphis)
  13. Taj Mahal
  14. Göreme NP
  15. Thessalonika
  16. Bethlehem
  17. Vatican City
  18. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  19. Saint Catherine Area
  20. Mont-Saint-Michel
  21. Cologne Cathedral
  22. Churches of Moldavia
  23. Kremlin and Red Square
  24. Curonian Spit
  25. Great Zimbabwe
  26. Melaka and George Town
  27. Bali Subak system
  28. Costiera Amalfitana
  29. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  30. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  31. Virunga National Park
  32. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  33. Ancient Thebes
  34. Nubian Monuments
  35. Grand Canyon
  36. Uluru
  37. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  38. Ancient Kyoto
  39. Prambanan
  40. Temple of Heaven
  41. Selimiye Mosque
  42. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  43. West Norwegian Fjords
  44. Rock Islands
  45. Great Barrier Reef
  46. Granada
  47. Dubrovnik
  48. Brugge
  49. Budapest
  50. Tallinn
  51. Seville
  52. Kotor
  53. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  54. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  55. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  56. Sagarmatha National Park
  57. Kilimanjaro National Park
  58. Machu Picchu
  59. Meteora
  60. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  61. Great Himalayan National Park
  62. Mount Kenya
  63. Dolomites
  64. Simien National Park
  65. Petra
  66. Nemrut Dag
  67. Rapa Nui
  68. Imperial Palace
  69. Versailles
  70. Potsdam
  71. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  72. Florence
  73. St. Petersburg
  74. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  75. Mostar
  76. Grand Place, Brussels
  77. Riga
  78. Stonehenge
  79. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  80. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  81. Kenya Lake System
  82. Victoria Falls
  83. Lake Baikal
  84. Okavango Delta
  85. Plitvice Lakes
  86. Altamira Cave
  87. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  88. Vézère Valley
  89. Angkor
  90. Anuradhapura
  91. Silk Roads Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor
  92. Qhapaq Ñan
  93. Venice and its Lagoon
  94. Istanbul
  95. Rome
  96. Old City of Jerusalem
  97. Prague
  98. L'viv
  99. Cordoba
  100. Volcanoes of Kamchatka