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Haci Bayram Mosque and its Surrounding Area (the Haci Bayram District) (T)

Tony H. Finland - 16-Feb-20

Haci Bayram Mosque and its Surrounding Area (the 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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Upper Svaneti

Tony H. Finland - 08-Sep-16

Upper Svaneti

I'm little surprised that Upper Svaneti is one of the least visited sites in Europe on this website. I'm surprised because it is not anymore these days hard place to visit. The WHS consists of small community of Ushguli which is made up from 4 very small villages located right next to each other. 3 of these villages with surrounding landscape form the buffer zone and the core zone is the village of Chazhashi.

Chazhashi is the only village which has solely original stone houses. However most of the houses have been abandoned and the roofs have collapsed. The village includes the local museum. The core zone also includes small hill with remains of one Svan tower and church from old fortress.

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Tony H. Finland - 13-Mar-15


I feel myself lucky as I've been able to call Istanbul my home for one year. It has given me the possibility to explore the city slowly and especially it's vast historic areas on Fatih peninsula.

The World Heritage site is made up of 4 different quarters. The most famous of them is the Sultanahmet area at the tip of the peninsula. From here you can find the biggest attractions: Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) and Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi). This is the area you want to avoid visiting while you live in the city as it is overrun by tourists for most of the year and prices are higher than elsewhere in the city. After visiting the attractions (which are magnificent, there’s no denying in that) I prefered admiring this part of city from the ferries going between Asia and Europe. Interesting museum to visit in this quarter is the small Great Palace Mosaic Museum at Arasta Bazaar

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Bursa and Cumalikizik

Tony H. Finland - 19-Aug-14

2 months after it's inscription to World Heritage List Bursa hasn't experienced yet big tourists masses. Actually I didn't meet any other western tourists than myself but many Arab tourists have found this city and it's bazaars. Also locals were really interested to start a conversation with me which also shows that Bursa hasn't been found by tourists.

Also Bursa doesn't seem to be yet proud of it's World Heritage status as I didn't see any signs saying that I'm in a World Heritage city. In some brochures there were mentions that sites in Bursa were on tentative list so I guess they're waiting for update. But all the sites I visited were in perfect clean condition which shows that inscription didn't come as a surprise for the city.

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Central Highlands

Tony H. Finland - 17-Jun-13

I was part of a field course which we conducted in Sri Lanka. During our course we visited in Meemure village which is located in Knuckles Range inside the World Heritage area. According to our guide this area gets much less tourists than Horton Plains and Peak Wilderness. Meemure village was quite easily reachable from Kandy where we left at 6am. During the ride the views of the Knuckles Range area were amazing and especially sunrise over the valleys. The drive from the main road to the village along the mountain roads took 2 hours. Meemure village is very small and it seems to live from rice cultivation as the village was surrounded by very beautiful rice terraces. There are no tourism facilities and we had our lunch at local family's home

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Most Impressive
- Great Pyramids of Giza- Old City of Jerusalem
The rock paintings of Astuvansalmi at Ristiina, Finland.

Recently Visited WHS

Update 02.10.23
Rating Stats
Rome 5
Vienna 5
Dolomites 4.5
Dubrovnik 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. Historic Town of Beypazarı (T)
  14. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  15. Jerusalem (T)
  16. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  17. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  18. Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA) (T)
  19. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  20. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  21. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  22. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  23. Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town (T)
  24. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  25. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  26. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  27. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  28. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  29. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  30. St. Paul Church, St. Pauls Well and surrounding historic quarters (T)
  31. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  32. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  33. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  34. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  35. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  36. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  37. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  38. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  39. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  40. The Historical Port City of Izmir (T)
  41. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  42. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  43. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  44. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  45. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  46. The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas and Kastels (T)
  47. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  48. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  49. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  50. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  51. 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