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Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 12-Feb-19

Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains

I understand now why there is no buffer zone to this site. Most of the site is on privately owned land and there is no need to protect it with more areas surrounding it. I am actually shocked how this can be listed as WHS but a massive chunk, 20% perhaps, is a private game reserve called Mountainlands.

Coming from the Oshoek border crossing I didn't take the 4x4-only path leading to the Genesis Road. I took the long way around and eventually made it into the core zone. The Genesis road leads you along the border towards the Geotrail but don't expect anything aside from bumps and nice views. There is even a lodge village with a security gate but they are happy to let you through.

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Hyrcanian Forest (Caspian Forest) (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 13-Feb-19

Hyrcanian Forest (Caspian Forest) (T)

I visited 2 parts of this nomination in January 2019. Abr Forest was my first stop and it is very tourist centric, with many guest houses and hikes around “Cloud Forest”. Unfortunately on day 2 it started snowing in the morning and the visibility was so bad it was really hazardous to take the 83 through the Khar Turan NP (not part of the Hyrcanian Forest nomination btw). Once I made it to Gonbad Kavus and visited Qabus I continued driving East.

Here I drove through the National Golestan Forest, formerly listed as a separate [...]

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Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 05-Feb-19

Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

I should have done my research before heading all the way north to find it closed as mentioned previously, and only the outside of the mosque was available for a photo (don't find it special and is it even part of the nomination?). I approached the barriers and the police told me it is closed for renovations. Then I figured I can take a photo from the outside but no… Not allowed.

So just to pad the review with info for the future, take the T1 tram to the end and then switch to one of the many buses stopping right in front of it (Google map is your friend there but apparently doesn't know the palace is closed!) Not much walking up the hill is required. There is a playground nearby if you want to ditch the kids for a bit ;)

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Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 05-Feb-19

Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)

The complex, as mentioned already previously, should probably be an extension to the Istanbul WHS. It isn't even far from the main area of sites with a little touristy road full of shops leading you directly to the entrance. On first sight there is nothing special here. It is a relatively new mosque, 1755, built by the Osman family (thus NuruOSMANiye) with the typical minarets, signatures, ceiling prayers, mihrab, minbar and washing area outside. Whereas the mosque itself isn't special and you will feel that the Blue Mosque was ultimately better, there is more here although not all is accessible or still used for the same purpose. The sultan's pavilion can be seen from the outside, previously used to give the royalty a safe entrance to prayer in the sultan lodge

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Takht-e Soleyman

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 05-Feb-19

Takht-e Soleyman

Going to Iran in winter has obvious risks of snow ruining your plans. Taking the smaller eastern road into Soleyman, it was cleared but still a few ice patches, the road leading out West was much better. However, the actual site was covered by half a meter of beautiful white snow. Missing the plowed parking spaces at the bottom I drove right up through the gate and parked next to the staff. When they pointed it out I apologized but pointed at my watch for it was getting late and they let me stay there. I will thus start a new connection of “Zoë parked here illegally” (kidding but I also have Sharjah Airport Museum, Alisadr Cave and errr Rome [/w Parking Ticket I never got to pay, long story])

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Reviewed TWHS

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