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Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 03-Mar-19

Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment  (T)

Welcome to the world heritage site of ...whaaaat wait why are there UNESCO symbols on the maps and signs? Someone surely thought they can place themselves onto the inscribed list without going through the entire process. Funny that since I didn't even see any sign at the Selimiye Mosque nearby. Maybe someone switched the sites secretly :)

I almost walked directly into the mosque but the stall keeper pointed me to the museum entrance 30m further down. The area is divided into two parts: the hospital and the study/admin areas. The latter is the more aesthetic one built as a medium-sized courtyard and many side rooms. Not all the rooms are open and the ones that are contain mannequins and replicas of what was once in the study rooms. The other side of the museum has the same kind of mannequins to attempt to make the pale rooms interesting, but I find that more laughable especially the "insanity" room. Many plaques describe the way the hospital was run and procedures, how many staff were in the hospital and what the rooms were used for

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Aizanoi Antique City (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 01-Mar-19

Aizanoi Antique City (T)

The highlight of the sites here is clearly the Temple of Zeus. It is half restored and looks impressive from the side I took a picture, with the acroterion placed in front it also in good condition. Not having done much research I didn't expect to go UNDERNEATH the temple this time - which Roman temple can you say you went to visit the basement? As you descend the steps (the same way as they did in ancient time) you feel the vibe of the sanctuary. It may have something to do with the eery music playing of course. there isn't that much to see here but what you see is quite interesting. Pedestals, broken columns as usual, an altar piece. Several have descriptions. I enjoyed this place

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Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 01-Mar-19

Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)

Oh my, I dislike religious-based sites so much. So when my friend from Udon Thani wanted to drive here a couple of years ago I only agreed if we stopped at the mushroom-shaped rocks at Phu Phan NP on the way. The drive to Nakhon Phanom takes 3 hours for me, 2 1/2 for her on the way back.

At first sight the stupa looks like any other in Thailand. On second sight, it still does. On third, after checking the document now, it's actually rebuilt and looks less interesting. So according to their description this was the first to have this kind of architecture and it inspired the rest of the region - fair enough. That might be something to impact not only Thailand but also Laos across the Mekong.

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Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 01-Mar-19

Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)

Ayvalık is a nice seaside town at the Aegean coast. It is easy to place this onto an itinerary when you visit the Aegean area as you are very likely to drive past it. I didn't have much time to spend in town but it mainly looked like shops for olive products at the marina. It's the nearby olive forest I was mainly interested in. There are also olive oil boutiques nearby the main road for your convenience. According to what I read this olive oil is rated as #3 in the world after Tuscany and Greece. I certainly made sure to buy some supply for my mediocre cooking at home. (Is there a limit for liquids in a checked baggage?)

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Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 28-Feb-19

Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)

Rosetta (now called Rachid) is an hour mini-bus journey from the outskirts of Alexandria (getting into the bay area takes another 20min taxi for sure). It is mainly famous for the discovery of the Rosetta stone in 1799 which unlocked the understanding of ancient Egyptian by having one text in three different languages on the same stone (the others are Demotic script and Ancient Greek). It is now in the British Museum in London and unlikely to return to Egypt within this epoch. I would think most people see it in London. Instead, the Rosetta museum has a duplicate without mentioning it is one, some information about the discovery and a big bust of Pierre-François Bouchard. The rest of the museum is an old house but not as impressive as the newly restored ones a stone's throw away

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Reviewed TWHS

  1. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  2. Aizanoi Antique City (T)
  3. Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)
  4. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  5. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  6. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty - Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County (T)
  7. ShuDao (T)
  8. Ngwenya Mines (T)
  9. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  10. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  11. Hyrcanian Forest (Caspian Forest) (T)
  12. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  13. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  14. al Dimaniyyat Islands Nature Reserve (T)
  15. Alisadr Cave (T)
  16. Trans-Iranian Railway (T)
  17. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  18. Hamoun Lake (T)
  19. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  20. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  21. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  22. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  23. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  24. Zozan (T)
  25. Salt Domes of Iran (T)
  26. Asbads (windmill) of Iran (T)
  27. Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)
  28. Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) (T)
  29. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  30. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  31. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  32. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  33. Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T)
  34. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  35. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  36. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  37. Tr’ondëk-Klondike (T)
  38. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge (T)
  39. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  40. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  41. Pharaon Island (T)
  42. Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T)
  43. Liangzhu Archaeological Site (T)
  44. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  45. Yukon Ice Patches (T)
  46. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  47. Prehistoric Cave Sites in Maros-Pangkep (T)
  48. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  49. The Ipolytartnóc Fossils (T)
  50. Kangjingun Kiln Sites (T)
  51. Ras Mohammed (T)
  52. Valle Salado de Añana (T)
  53. Qinghai Lake (T)
  54. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  55. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  56. Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T)
  57. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  58. Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T)
  59. Cultural landscape of the stud farm at Kladruby nad Labem (T)
  60. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  61. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  62. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  63. Kvetera Church (T)
  64. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  65. Salterns (T)
  66. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  67. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  68. The President Coolidge (T)
  69. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  70. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  71. The Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape (T)
  72. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  73. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  74. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  75. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  76. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  77. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (T)
  78. The Alligator Sinensis Nature Reserve (T)
  79. Sites of Hongshan Culture: The Niuheliang Archaeological Site, the Hongshanhou Archaeological Site, and Weijiawopu Archa (T)