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Tajik National Park

Walter Switzerland - 20-Sep-19

Tajik National Park

This propriety covers more than 2.5 million hectares in the east of Tajikistan, about 18% of the national territory, at the center of the so-called “Pamir Knot”, a meeting point of the highest mountain ranges on the Eurasian continent. It consists of high plateaux in the east and, to the west, rugged peaks, some of them over 7,000 meters high.

Visit to this propriety is difficult, because it is the remotest part of Tajikistan. Even if independent travel is possible, I would recommend to travel with a local guide or through a guided tour

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Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)

Walter Switzerland - 12-Sep-19

Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)

This serial nomination consists of 14 proprieties, assembled in six different groups. One group (The Upper Chui Valley with its three elements), is already on the WHS as part of the Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor Silk Roads.

I had the chance to visit some of those proprieties on my trip to Central Asia in June 2019

First, I headed with a rental car in the southeastern high-mountainous part of Kyrgystan, some 300 km from Bishkek, arounf the town of Naryn.  It is where the first group (the nomadic monuments of Inner Tien Shan) lie. I visited two proprieties, Koshoi-Korgon and Tash-Rabat and had a quick look at a third one.

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Silk Roads Sites in Tajikistan (T)

Walter Switzerland - 03-Sep-19

Silk Roads Sites in Tajikistan (T)

This serial nomination has 8 different proprieties, six of them having an additional specific entry as their own on the tentative list. I had a chance to visit four of them on my trip to Central Asia in June 2019. Ancient Penjikent and Ancient Town of Khulbuk are reviewed on their specific entries.

Two components are therefore reviewed: Yamchun Castle and Hissar Castle.

These two castles stand on two totally different extremes. Hissar is heavily reconstructed, extremely popular with Tadjik for wedding, and very close to Dushanbe. Yamchun is in the empty, isolated and magnificent Wakham valley, in the extreme south of Tadjikistan, about two days drive (on very very bad roads) from Dushanbe.

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Khulbuk – the capital of ancient Khuttal (T)

Walter Switzerland - 24-Aug-19

Khulbuk – the capital of ancient Khuttal (T)

Hulbuk is a medieval town on Southern Tadjikistan, in the village of Kurban Shaid (Pingan on google map, near Vose). It lies next to the main road from Dushanbe to Kulab (and from there to the Pamir highway).

It is on the TL as “Palace of the Governor”, but appears for to be for examination in 2020 (although incomplete) as ”medieval town”. It also appears on “Silk Roads in Tadjikistan” project, sometimes written Khulbuk, sometimes Hulbuk.

Hulbuk was the capital of the Banijuridsm, Turco-Iranian dynasty reigning ca 847 to 963, vassals of the Samanids (who ruled Samarcande) and their successors, until its destruction, probably by the Mongols.

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Mausoleum of "Mukhammad Bashoro" (T)

Walter Switzerland - 24-Aug-19

Mausoleum of "Mukhammad Bashoro" (T)

This propriety is 30 km east of Pendjikent in Tajikistan. As the border is now opened, it is easier to visit on a day-trip from Samarkand (e-visa necessary for TJ)

The small mausoleum of Mukhammad Bashoro was built in the XI-XII centuries both as a mausoleum and a mosque. It is one of the oldest in the region. A portal with rich decoration made of teracotta was added in 1332. Mukhammad Bashoro was a respected expert of the Khasish (the prophet’s sayings and deeds) who died in 866 might have been buried here, and a mausoleum was later built to replace a previous mosque.

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  1. "Baku Stage" Mountain (T)
  2. "Binegadi" 4th Period Fauna and Flora Deposit (T)
  3. "Lok-Batan" Mud Cone (T)
  4. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  5. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  6. Aires volcaniques et forestières de la Martinique (T)
  7. Akdamar Church (T)
  8. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  9. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  10. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  11. Ananuri (T)
  12. Ancares - Somiedo (T)
  13. Ancient Jericho/ Tell es-Sultan (T)
  14. Archaeo-astronomical Site Kokino (T)
  15. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  16. Augustow Canal (T)
  17. Azraq (T)
  18. Bet She'an (T)
  19. Big Bend National Park (T)
  20. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  21. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  22. Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve (T)
  23. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  24. Bulwarked Fortifications (T)
  25. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  26. Caesarea (T)
  27. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  28. Central Park (T)
  29. Centre historique de Saida (T)
  30. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  31. Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (T)
  32. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  33. City of Motovun (T)
  34. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  35. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  36. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  37. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  38. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  39. Degania & Nahalal (T)
  40. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  41. Djerdap National Park (T)
  42. Dmanisi Hominid Archaeological Site (T)
  43. Doclea (T)
  44. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  45. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  46. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  47. Edifices for Worship of Fortress Type in Belarus, Poland and Lithuania (T)
  48. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  49. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  50. El-Bariyah: wilderness with monasteries (T)
  51. Ellis Island (T)
  52. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  53. Fann mountains (T)
  54. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  55. Flow Country (T)
  56. Fortified Manasija Monastery (T)
  57. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  58. Franja Partisan Hospital (T)
  59. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  60. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  61. Gremi Church of Archangels and Royal Tower (T)
  62. Grenadines Island Group (Grenada) (T)
  63. Hangar Y (T)
  64. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  65. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  66. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  67. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston (T)
  68. Ishak Pasha Palace (T)
  69. Jerusalem (T)
  70. Khulbuk – the capital of ancient Khuttal (T)
  71. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  72. Kvetera Church (T)
  73. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  74. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  75. L’ancienne ville de Tripoli (T)
  76. La Camargue (T)
  77. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  78. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  79. Le centre historique de la ville de Batroun (T)
  80. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  81. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  82. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  83. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  84. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  85. Le site archeologique de Nahr el-Kalb (T)
  86. Le tronçon Bavay-Tongres de la chaussée romaine Boulogne-Cologne situe sur le territoire de la Région wallonne (T)
  87. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  88. Les tombes de la Basse Selca (T)
  89. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  90. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  91. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  92. Makhteshim Country (T)
  93. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  94. Markovi Kuli (T)
  95. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  96. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  97. Mausoleum of "Mukhammad Bashoro" (T)
  98. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  99. Mid-Atlantic Ridge (T)
  100. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  101. Mosquée de Tinmel (T)
  102. Mta-Tusheti (T)
  103. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  104. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  105. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  106. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  107. Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales, Meudon (T)
  108. Old Town of Bar (T)
  109. Orvieto (T)
  110. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  111. Parc national de la Vanoise (T)
  112. Parc national des Écrins (T)
  113. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  114. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  115. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  116. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  117. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  118. Rade de Marseille (T)
  119. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  120. Route of the Peace and National Identity (T)
  121. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  122. Sacred Mount Hermon and its associated cultural monuments (T)
  123. Samtavisi Cathedral (T)
  124. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  125. Shatili (T)
  126. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  127. Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)
  128. Silk Roads: Zarafshan-Karakum Corridor (T)
  129. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  130. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  131. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  132. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  133. SS. Boris and Gleb (Kalozha) Church in the city of Hrodna (T)
  134. St. George Fortified System (T)
  135. St. George Historic District (T)
  136. Surakhany, Atashgyakh (Fire - worshippers, temple - museum at Surakhany) (T)
  137. Tak'alik Ab'aj National Park (T)
  138. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  139. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  140. The Ancient City of Apollonia (T)
  141. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  142. The archaeological site of the city of Dvin (T)
  143. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  144. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  145. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  146. The basilica and archaeological site of Yererouk (T)
  147. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  148. The Burren (T)
  149. The Caspian Shore Defensive Constructions (T)
  150. The Castle of Bashtova (T)
  151. The Céide Fields and North West Mayo Boglands (T)
  152. The Core of the Mayan Area (T)
  153. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  154. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  155. The Fortress of Terezín (T)
  156. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  157. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  158. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  159. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  160. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  161. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  162. The Lofoten islands (T)
  163. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  164. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  165. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
  166. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley (T)
  167. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  168. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  169. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blidinje (T)
  170. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  171. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  172. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  173. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  174. The Silver Route (T)
  175. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  176. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  177. The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman citadel (T)
  178. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  179. The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic – Heritage of the First World War (T)
  180. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  181. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  182. Timna (T)
  183. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  184. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  185. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  186. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  187. Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved. (T)
  188. Ulcinj Old town (T)
  189. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  190. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  191. Velebit Mountain (T)
  192. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  193. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  194. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  195. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  196. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  197. Western Stone Forts (T)
  198. White Sands National Monument (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Atacama Desert
  2. Chernobyl
  3. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  4. Concordia
  5. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area
  6. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  7. Dzongs of Bhutan
  8. Island of Inishmore
  9. Jebel Shams, Wadi Nakhur, and Wadi Ghul
  10. Laas Gaal
  11. Mt Kailash
  12. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  13. Salisbury Plains, Grytviken
  14. Scrovegni's Chapel
  15. Shwedagon Pagoda
  16. Svalbard
  17. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  18. Triple arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan
  19. Vatnajökull National Park
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier