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Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye Yuri Samozvanov

Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye by Yuri Samozvanov

UNique – 6/10

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Trinity Sergius Lavra Yuri Samozvanov

Trinity Sergius Lavra by Yuri Samozvanov

UNique - 7/10

The first building of the complex, the Trinity Cathedral, was built in 1422, in honour of the St. Sergius, a revered monk who founded a lot of monasteries across the country and blessed the Russian Grand Prince before the battles against the Tatars. The site of the original cathedral grew over centuries with various rulers adding churches and belfries to the complex. Nowadays, Lavra is the centre of Russian Orthodox religious life, with numerous holy water wells dotting the area and services being held around the clock. Long lines of devotees and curious tourists line up to pay respects to the famous Holy Trinity icon by Andrei Rublev.

ESsential - 6/10

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Novodevichy Convent Yuri Samozvanov

Novodevichy Convent by Yuri Samozvanov

UNique - 4/10

Located in the south-west region of Moscow, not too far from the banks of the Moskva river, Novodevichy convent does not give an impression of a religious complex at first glance. Tall, thick convent walls, crowned with twelve towers appear impenetrable and would not be out of place in a fortress protecting the approaches to the capital. The walls encase several monumental structures: the Smolensky Cathedral, several churches and the six-tiered belltower, once the tallest building outside of Kremlin.

ESsential - 4/10

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St. Petersburg Yuri Samozvanov

St. Petersburg by Yuri Samozvanov

UNique - 7/10

The second capital of Russia could not be more different from the official one. The commercial gloss and modernity of Moscow gives way to the historic tarnish and culture of Saint Petersburg. This is not to say that the city is not impressive or beautiful, quite the opposite, as the lack of a gleam allows for a certain charm and cosiness which money can't always provide. Despite having been designed as the imperial city with its many palaces, squares and avenues, Saint Petersburg is replete with a variety of lesser-known communal places, hidden in the courtyards, narrow alleyways and behind the deceptive storefronts.

ESsential - 8/10

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Tauric Chersonese Yuri Samozvanov

Tauric Chersonese by Yuri Samozvanov

UNique - 5/10

Just outside of Sevastopol, Crimea, the ruins of the nearly 2500-year-old town of Chersonesos remind us of the wide-reaching influence of the ancient Greek civilization. Founded in the 5th century BCE, it has traded hands from the Greeks to the Romans to the Byzantine Empire. The influences of each civilization can be found in the architecture that is remaining to be visible for the present-day visitors. The site's highlight is the so-called 1935 Basilica (named after the year it was discovered), which, with its collapsed columns and doorways provide a picturesque landscape.

ESsential - 3/10

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Name: Yuri Samozvanov

Country: Canada

Visited WHS: 166

Most Impressive:

Proposal New WHS:

  1. Trinity Sergius Lavra : 3.5
  2. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye : 3.0
  3. Novodevichy Convent : 2.5
  4. Acropolis
  5. Agra Fort
  6. Ajanta Caves
  7. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  8. Ancient Kyoto
  9. Ancient Nara
  10. Anuradhapura
  11. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  12. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  13. Auschwitz Birkenau
  14. Australian Convict Sites
  15. Ayutthaya
  16. Bamberg
  17. Bauhaus Sites
  18. Belfries
  19. Bolgar
  20. Brugge
  21. Bryggen
  22. Brú na Bóinne
  23. Budapest
  24. Canterbury
  25. Centennial Hall
  26. Central Highlands
  27. Champaner-Pavagadh
  28. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  29. Chitwan National Park
  30. Christiansfeld
  31. Churches and Convents of Goa
  32. City of Bath
  33. Classical Weimar
  34. Cracow
  35. Crespi d'Adda
  36. Dubrovnik
  37. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  38. Edinburgh
  39. Elephanta Caves
  40. Ellora Caves
  41. Etruscan Necropolises
  42. Fatehpur Sikri
  43. Ferapontov Monastery
  44. Flemish Béguinages
  45. Florence
  46. Forth Bridge
  47. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  48. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  49. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  50. Genoa
  51. Giant's Causeway
  52. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  53. Grand Place, Brussels
  54. Great Himalayan National Park
  55. Greater Blue Mountains
  56. Gwynedd Castles
  57. Hampi
  58. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  59. Humayun's Tomb
  60. Istanbul
  61. Jantar Mantar
  62. Jelling
  63. Kandy
  64. Kathmandu Valley
  65. Kazan Kremlin
  66. Kernavë Archeological Site
  67. Kew Gardens
  68. Kiev
  69. Kremlin and Red Square
  70. Kronborg Castle
  71. L'viv
  72. Le Havre
  73. Liverpool
  74. Lumbini
  75. Luther Memorials
  76. Lübeck
  77. Mahabalipuram
  78. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  79. Major Town Houses
  80. Malbork Castle
  81. Maritime Greenwich
  82. Meteora
  83. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  84. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  85. Mont-Saint-Michel
  86. Mountain Railways of India
  87. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  88. Nancy
  89. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers
  90. Naples
  91. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  92. Novgorod
  93. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  94. Old Rauma
  95. Old Town of Galle
  96. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  97. Par force hunting landscape
  98. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  99. Pattadakal
  100. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  101. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  102. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  103. Polonnaruva
  104. Pompei
  105. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  106. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  107. Potsdam
  108. Prague
  109. Quedlinburg
  110. Qutb Minar
  111. Rani-ki-Vav
  112. Red Fort
  113. Regensburg
  114. Reims
  115. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  116. Rideau Canal
  117. Riga
  118. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  119. Rome
  120. Roskilde Cathedral
  121. Saltaire
  122. Salzburg
  123. Sammallahdenmäki
  124. San Gimignano
  125. Sanchi
  126. Sceilg Mhichíl
  127. Schönbrunn
  128. Selimiye Mosque
  129. Serra de Tramuntana
  130. Siena
  131. Sigiriya
  132. Sinharaja Forest
  133. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  134. Speyer Cathedral
  135. Split
  136. St. Petersburg
  137. Statue of Liberty
  138. Stevns Klint
  139. Stoclet House
  140. Stonehenge
  141. Strasbourg
  142. Sukhothai
  143. Sun Temple, Konarak
  144. Sviyazhsk
  145. Sydney Opera House
  146. Taj Mahal
  147. Tarraco
  148. Tauric Chersonese
  149. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  150. Thessalonika
  151. Torun
  152. Tower of London
  153. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  154. Vatican City
  155. Venice and its Lagoon
  156. Versailles
  157. Vienna
  158. Vilnius
  159. Warsaw
  160. West Norwegian Fjords
  161. Westminster
  162. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  163. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  164. Yaroslavl
  165. Zamosc
  166. Zollverein