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Epidaurus 31-Oct-18

Having discovered that the Robert Wilson production of Oedipus by Sophocles, which premiered in Pompei last summer and which I watched in Vicenza this month, will also be staged in Epidaurus next June (three World Heritage theaters! ) , I had to reminisce my absolutely unusual and even surreal experience I had when I visited Epidaurus. 

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The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T) 24-Oct-18

The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T) by Tsunami

After visiting Ivrea from Torino in the morning I visited the Sacra di San Michele, one of the ten elements of this TWHS, in the afternoon. 

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Ivrea 22-Oct-18

Ivrea by Tsunami

I visited Ivrea from Torino by train on a Sunday morning and spent the first half of my 3 hours there walking around. 

There is a map at http://www.ivreacittaindustriale.it/ as well as on sign posts around town. I did not visit all the elements in the map of this industrial city of the last century but tried to see some of the more interesting places. 

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Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy 20-Oct-18

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy by Tsunami

Like other reviewers I was so impressed with Sacro Monte of Varese that I had been seeking opportunity to visit the Sacro Monte of Varallo, the first and most important of the 9 Sacri Monti. Between checking out the new production of Oedipus at the Teatro Olimpico in Palladian Vicenza and the new World Heritage Site of Ivrea this opportunity has finally come for me.

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Vicenza 18-Oct-18

Vicenza by Tsunami

I had visited Palladian Vicenza before but went back there on the occasion of the Robert Wilson production of Oedipus by Sophocles at the Teatro Olimpico, originally designed by Palladio. Known as the oldest surviving indoor theater in the world, the Teatro opened with Oedipus in 1585, which makes this the 433 anniversary production. Why 433 anniversary? I don't know. 

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Name: Tsunami

Country: Japan / USA / Poland

Visited WHS: 396

Most Impressive: Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada

Proposal New WHS: Bryce Canyon NP, Utah, USA; Coso Rock Art District, California, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA; Jingu in Ise, Japan

Update 2018-10-22 07:36:45

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  3. Abbey of St Gall
  4. Acropolis
  5. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  6. Agrigento
  7. Altamira Cave
  8. Amiens Cathedral
  9. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  10. Ancient Kyoto
  11. Ancient Nara
  12. Aquileia
  13. Arab-Norman Palermo
  14. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  15. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  16. Arles
  17. Assisi
  18. Auschwitz Birkenau
  19. Avignon
  20. Avila
  21. Bahá’i Holy Places
  22. Bamberg
  23. Banska Stiavnica
  24. Bardejov Town
  25. Bauhaus Sites
  26. Belem
  27. Belfries
  28. Bellinzone
  29. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  30. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  31. Berat and Gjirokastra
  32. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  33. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  34. Bethlehem
  35. Biblical Tells
  36. Birka and Hovgarden
  37. Blenheim Palace
  38. Bordeaux
  39. Botanical Garden, Padua
  40. Boyana Church
  41. Brugge
  42. Bryggen
  43. Brú na Bóinne
  44. Budapest
  45. Burgundy
  46. Butrint
  47. Cahokia Mounds
  48. Camino Real
  49. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  50. Canal du Midi
  51. Canterbury
  52. Carlsbad Caverns
  53. Castel del Monte
  54. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  55. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  56. Centennial Hall
  57. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  58. Cesky Krumlov
  59. Chaco Culture
  60. Champagne
  61. Chartres Cathedral
  62. Christiansfeld
  63. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  64. Churches of Moldavia
  65. Churches of Peace
  66. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  67. City of Bath
  68. City of Luxembourg
  69. Classical Weimar
  70. Cologne Cathedral
  71. Cordoba
  72. Corfu
  73. Corvey
  74. Costiera Amalfitana
  75. Cracow
  76. Crespi d'Adda
  77. Curonian Spit
  78. Dacian Fortresses
  79. Danube Delta
  80. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  81. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  82. Delos
  83. Derwent Valley Mills
  84. Dolomites
  85. Drottningholm
  86. Dubrovnik
  87. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  88. Durmitor National Park
  89. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  90. Edinburgh
  91. El Escurial
  92. Engelsberg Ironworks
  93. Epidaurus
  94. Etruscan Necropolises
  95. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  96. Everglades
  97. Evora
  98. Fagus Factory
  99. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  100. Ferrara
  101. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  102. Flemish Béguinages
  103. Florence
  104. Fontainebleau
  105. Forth Bridge
  106. Fortifications of Vauban
  107. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  108. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  109. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  110. Fujisan
  111. Gammelstad
  112. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  113. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  114. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  115. Genbaku Dome
  116. Genoa
  117. Giant's Causeway
  118. Glacier parks
  119. Granada
  120. Grand Canyon
  121. Grand Place, Brussels
  122. Graz
  123. Great Barrier Reef
  124. Great Smoky Mountains
  125. Greater Blue Mountains
  126. Grimeton Radio Station
  127. Gulf of California
  128. Gwynedd Castles
  129. Göreme NP
  130. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  131. Hawaii Volcanoes
  132. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  133. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  134. Hedeby and Danevirke
  135. Heritage of Mercury
  136. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  137. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  138. Himeji-jo
  139. Hiraizumi
  140. Holasovice
  141. Hollókö
  142. Holy Trinity Column
  143. Hortobágy
  144. Horyu-ji Area
  145. Ibiza
  146. Incense Route of the Negev
  147. Independence Hall
  148. Ironbridge Gorge
  149. Isole Eolie
  150. Istanbul
  151. Itsukushima Shrine
  152. Ivrea
  153. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  154. Jelling
  155. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  156. Karlskrona
  157. Kernavë
  158. Kew Gardens
  159. Kiev
  160. Kii Mountain Range
  161. Kinderdijk
  162. Kotor
  163. Kremlin and Red Square
  164. Kronborg Castle
  165. Kutna Hora
  166. L'viv
  167. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  168. La Lonja de la Seda
  169. Lake District
  170. Laponian Area
  171. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  172. Le Havre
  173. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  174. Litomysl Castle
  175. Liverpool
  176. Loire Valley
  177. Longobards in Italy
  178. Luther Memorials
  179. Lyon
  180. Lübeck
  181. Madara Rider
  182. Major Town Houses
  183. Malbork Castle
  184. Mammoth Cave
  185. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  186. Maritime Greenwich
  187. Masada
  188. Matera
  189. Maulbronn Monastery
  190. Medici Villas and Gardens
  191. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  192. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  193. Mesa Verde
  194. Messel Pit
  195. Meteora
  196. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  197. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  198. Mir Castle
  199. Modena
  200. Monastery of Horezu
  201. Mont-Saint-Michel
  202. Monte San Giorgio
  203. Monticello
  204. Mostar
  205. Mount Athos
  206. Mount Etna
  207. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  208. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  209. Muskauer Park
  210. Mycenae and Tiryns
  211. Mystras
  212. Nancy
  213. Naples
  214. Naumburg Cathedral
  215. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  216. Nessebar
  217. Nesvizh
  218. New Lanark
  219. Nikko
  220. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  221. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  222. Novgorod
  223. Novodevichy Convent
  224. Ohrid Region
  225. Old City of Acre
  226. Old City of Berne
  227. Old City of Jerusalem
  228. Old Rauma
  229. Olympia
  230. Olympic National Park
  231. Oporto
  232. Orange
  233. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  234. Pannonhalma
  235. Par force hunting landscape
  236. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  237. Petäjävesi Old Church
  238. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  239. Pienza
  240. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  241. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  242. Pirin National Park
  243. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  244. Plitvice Lakes
  245. Pompei
  246. Pont du Gard
  247. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  248. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  249. Potsdam
  250. Poverty Point
  251. Prague
  252. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  253. Primeval Beech Forests
  254. Provins
  255. Quedlinburg
  256. Québec
  257. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  258. Ravenna
  259. Redwood
  260. Regensburg
  261. Reichenau
  262. Reims
  263. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  264. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  265. Rhaetian Railway
  266. Rhodes
  267. Riga
  268. Rila Monastery
  269. Rjukan / Notodden
  270. Rock Art of Alta
  271. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  272. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  273. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  274. Rome
  275. Roskilde Cathedral
  276. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  277. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  278. Royal Palace at Caserta
  279. Røros
  280. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  281. Saint-Emilion
  282. Salamanca
  283. Saltaire
  284. Salzburg
  285. San Gimignano
  286. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  287. Santiago de Compostela
  288. Santo Domingo
  289. Schönbrunn
  290. Segovia
  291. Semmering Railway
  292. Seville
  293. Shirakami-Sanchi
  294. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  295. Shiretoko
  296. Siena
  297. Sighisoara
  298. Sintra
  299. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  300. Skocjan Caves
  301. Skogskyrkogarden
  302. Southern Öland
  303. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  304. Speyer Cathedral
  305. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  306. Split
  307. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  308. St. Petersburg
  309. Stari Grad Plain
  310. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  311. Statue of Liberty
  312. Stevns Klint
  313. Stećci
  314. Stoclet House
  315. Stonehenge
  316. Stralsund and Wismar
  317. Strasbourg
  318. Struve Geodetic Arc
  319. Studenica Monastery
  320. Studley Royal Park
  321. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  322. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  323. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  324. Sydney Opera House
  325. Syracuse
  326. Tallinn
  327. Taos Pueblo
  328. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  329. Te Wahipounamu
  330. Telc
  331. Teotihuacan
  332. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  333. The Four Lifts
  334. The trulli of Alberobello
  335. Thessalonika
  336. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  337. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  338. Tikal National Park
  339. Tokaji Wine Region
  340. Toledo
  341. Tomioka Silk Mill
  342. Tongariro National Park
  343. Torun
  344. Tower of London
  345. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  346. Trebic
  347. Trier
  348. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  349. Trogir
  350. Troy
  351. Tugendhat Villa
  352. University of Coimbra
  353. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  354. Urbino
  355. Urnes Stave Church
  356. Val d'Orcia
  357. Val di Noto
  358. Vatican City
  359. Vegaøyan
  360. Venetian Works of Defence
  361. Venice and its Lagoon
  362. Verona
  363. Versailles
  364. Vicenza
  365. Vienna
  366. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  367. Villa Romana del Casale
  368. Villa d'Este
  369. Villages with Fortified Churches
  370. Vilnius
  371. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  372. Visby
  373. Vlkolinec
  374. Vézère Valley
  375. Völklingen Ironworks
  376. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  377. Wadden Sea
  378. Warsaw
  379. Wartburg Castle
  380. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  381. West Norwegian Fjords
  382. Westminster
  383. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  384. White City of Tel-Aviv
  385. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  386. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  387. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  388. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  389. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  390. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  391. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  392. Würzburg Residence
  393. Yellowstone
  394. Yosemite National Park
  395. Zamosc
  396. Zollverein
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  5. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  6. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  7. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  10. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  11. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  12. Central Park (T)
  13. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  14. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  15. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  16. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  17. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  18. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  19. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  20. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  21. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  22. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  23. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  24. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  25. Ellis Island (T)
  26. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  27. Extension to the Joint World Heritage Property "Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians (Slovak Republic and Ukraine) and the Ancient Beech forests of Germany (Germany)" (T)
  28. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  29. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  30. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  31. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  32. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (extension) (T)
  33. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  34. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  35. Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Croatian Limes (T)
  36. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  37. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  38. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  39. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  40. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  41. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  42. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  43. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  44. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  45. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  46. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  47. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  48. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  49. Jerusalem (T)
  50. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  51. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  52. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  53. La Camargue (T)
  54. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  55. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  56. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  57. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  58. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  59. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  60. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  61. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  62. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  63. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  64. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  65. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (T)
  66. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (Czech) (T)
  67. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  68. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  69. Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T)
  70. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  71. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  72. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  73. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  74. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  75. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  76. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  77. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  78. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  79. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  80. Rade de Marseille (T)
  81. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  82. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  83. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  84. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  85. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  86. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  87. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  88. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  89. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  90. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  91. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  92. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  93. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  94. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  95. The Burren (T)
  96. The city of Bergamo (T)
  97. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  98. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  99. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  100. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  101. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  102. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  103. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  104. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  105. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  106. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  107. The Lofoten islands (T)
  108. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  109. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  110. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  111. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)
  112. The Roussensky Lom National Park. (T)
  113. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  114. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  115. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  116. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  117. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  118. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  119. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  120. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  121. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  122. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  123. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  124. White Sands National Monument (T)
  125. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  126. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  1. Chernobyl
  2. Mecca, Kaaba
  3. Minoan palaces of Crete
  4. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  5. Palaces of Yalta
  6. Silk Roads
  7. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow