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VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T) 19-Jul-18

VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T) by Tsunami

On the way from the Oslo Torp Airport to the city of Oslo I stopped at the Borre cemetery, which is part of Vestfold Ship Burials, part of Viking Monuments TWHS. 

I used this site for bus from Torp through Borre to Oslo: https://www.vkt.no/english

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Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T) 27-Jun-18

Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T) by Tsunami

I just wanted to add the Fujiwara part of this nomination. 

I visited the site in 2010 where the Fujiwara Palace of the Asuka Period used to stand, as shown in the photo. 

I'd say this is important because the palaces of the kings, Tenno in Japanese, is perhaps the most important in any period.

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Kotor 24-Apr-18

Kotor by Tsunami

As the coastal Montenegro and Kotor become more popular destinations, thanks partly to Kotor's status as a double WHS, I thought I would add my memorable experience there from back in April, 2010. 

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Castel del Monte 26-Feb-18

Castel del Monte by Tsunami

My last 3 remaining WHSs in Italy were spread all over the country (Aquileia in the north-east, Barumini in Sardinia and Castel del Monte in the south) and were giving me headaches. After visiting Aquileia and upon finding out that it's only around 30 Euros each to fly from Venice Treviso to Cagliari in Sardinia and from Cagliari to Bari in the south on Ryanair, I just decided to finish them up once and for all (even though the 25 hour stay in Sardinia in winter didn't sound right). 

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The Murge of Altamura (T) 23-Feb-18

The Murge of Altamura (T) by Tsunami

I arrived in Altamura (which seems to mean High Wall) at about 14:30 on a Monday by bus from Gioia del Colle, as I was coming from Taranto, but Altamura can easily be visited from Bari TWHS or Matera WHS by train, as it is located on the rail line between these 2 cities. 

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Name: Tsunami

Country: Japan / USA / Poland

Visited WHS: 395

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 2018-07-06 08:40:41

  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. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  153. Jelling
  154. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  155. Karlskrona
  156. Kernavë
  157. Kew Gardens
  158. Kiev
  159. Kii Mountain Range
  160. Kinderdijk
  161. Kotor
  162. Kremlin and Red Square
  163. Kronborg Castle
  164. Kutna Hora
  165. L'viv
  166. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  167. La Lonja de la Seda
  168. Lake District
  169. Laponian Area
  170. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  171. Le Havre
  172. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  173. Litomysl Castle
  174. Liverpool
  175. Loire Valley
  176. Longobards in Italy
  177. Luther Memorials
  178. Lyon
  179. Lübeck
  180. Madara Rider
  181. Major Town Houses
  182. Malbork Castle
  183. Mammoth Cave
  184. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  185. Maritime Greenwich
  186. Masada
  187. Matera
  188. Maulbronn Monastery
  189. Medici Villas and Gardens
  190. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  191. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  192. Mesa Verde
  193. Messel Pit
  194. Meteora
  195. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  196. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  197. Mir Castle
  198. Modena
  199. Monastery of Horezu
  200. Mont-Saint-Michel
  201. Monte San Giorgio
  202. Monticello
  203. Mostar
  204. Mount Athos
  205. Mount Etna
  206. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  207. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  208. Muskauer Park
  209. Mycenae and Tiryns
  210. Mystras
  211. Nancy
  212. Naples
  213. Naumburg Cathedral
  214. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  215. Nessebar
  216. Nesvizh
  217. New Lanark
  218. Nikko
  219. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  220. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  221. Novgorod
  222. Novodevichy Convent
  223. Ohrid Region
  224. Old City of Acre
  225. Old City of Berne
  226. Old City of Jerusalem
  227. Old Rauma
  228. Olympia
  229. Olympic National Park
  230. Oporto
  231. Orange
  232. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  233. Pannonhalma
  234. Par force hunting landscape
  235. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  236. Petäjävesi Old Church
  237. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  238. Pienza
  239. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  240. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  241. Pirin National Park
  242. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  243. Plitvice Lakes
  244. Pompei
  245. Pont du Gard
  246. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  247. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  248. Potsdam
  249. Poverty Point
  250. Prague
  251. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  252. Primeval Beech Forests
  253. Provins
  254. Quedlinburg
  255. Québec
  256. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  257. Ravenna
  258. Redwood
  259. Regensburg
  260. Reichenau
  261. Reims
  262. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  263. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  264. Rhaetian Railway
  265. Rhodes
  266. Riga
  267. Rila Monastery
  268. Rjukan / Notodden
  269. Rock Art of Alta
  270. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  271. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  272. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  273. Rome
  274. Roskilde Cathedral
  275. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  276. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  277. Royal Palace at Caserta
  278. Røros
  279. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  280. Saint-Emilion
  281. Salamanca
  282. Saltaire
  283. Salzburg
  284. San Gimignano
  285. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  286. Santiago de Compostela
  287. Santo Domingo
  288. Schönbrunn
  289. Segovia
  290. Semmering Railway
  291. Seville
  292. Shirakami-Sanchi
  293. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  294. Shiretoko
  295. Siena
  296. Sighisoara
  297. Sintra
  298. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  299. Skocjan Caves
  300. Skogskyrkogarden
  301. Southern Öland
  302. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  303. Speyer Cathedral
  304. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  305. Split
  306. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  307. St. Petersburg
  308. Stari Grad Plain
  309. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  310. Statue of Liberty
  311. Stevns Klint
  312. Stećci
  313. Stoclet House
  314. Stonehenge
  315. Stralsund and Wismar
  316. Strasbourg
  317. Struve Geodetic Arc
  318. Studenica Monastery
  319. Studley Royal Park
  320. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  321. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  322. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  323. Sydney Opera House
  324. Syracuse
  325. Tallinn
  326. Taos Pueblo
  327. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  328. Te Wahipounamu
  329. Telc
  330. Teotihuacan
  331. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  332. The Four Lifts
  333. The trulli of Alberobello
  334. Thessalonika
  335. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  336. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  337. Tikal National Park
  338. Tokaji Wine Region
  339. Toledo
  340. Tomioka Silk Mill
  341. Tongariro National Park
  342. Torun
  343. Tower of London
  344. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  345. Trebic
  346. Trier
  347. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  348. Trogir
  349. Troy
  350. Tugendhat Villa
  351. University of Coimbra
  352. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  353. Urbino
  354. Urnes Stave Church
  355. Val d'Orcia
  356. Val di Noto
  357. Vatican City
  358. Vegaøyan
  359. Venetian Works of Defence
  360. Venice and its Lagoon
  361. Verona
  362. Versailles
  363. Vicenza
  364. Vienna
  365. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  366. Villa Romana del Casale
  367. Villa d'Este
  368. Villages with Fortified Churches
  369. Vilnius
  370. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  371. Visby
  372. Vlkolinec
  373. Vézère Valley
  374. Völklingen Ironworks
  375. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  376. Wadden Sea
  377. Warsaw
  378. Wartburg Castle
  379. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  380. West Norwegian Fjords
  381. Westminster
  382. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  383. White City of Tel-Aviv
  384. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  385. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  386. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  387. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  388. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  389. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  390. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  391. Würzburg Residence
  392. Yellowstone
  393. Yosemite National Park
  394. Zamosc
  395. 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 (T)
  39. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  40. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  41. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  42. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  43. Great Spas of Europe (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 Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  99. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  100. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  101. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  102. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  103. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  104. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  105. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  106. The Lofoten islands (T)
  107. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  108. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  109. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)
  110. The Roussensky Lom National Park. (T)
  111. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  112. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  113. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  114. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  115. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  116. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  117. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  118. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  119. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  120. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  121. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  122. White Sands National Monument (T)
  123. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  124. 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