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New Lanark

Clyde Malta - 04-Sep-19

New Lanark

I visited this WHS in July 2019 as a very convenient stopover while driving from Lake District National Park towards Edinburgh. This WHS can be seen as one of a series of similar industrial sites in the UK, namely Derwent Valley Mills, Saltaire and New Lanark. All three WHS aren't wow destinations or top WHS but all offer an informative visit to how UK's industry and working conditions looked like during the last century or so.

Of the three I'd pick the Derwent Valley Mills as it is well presented and you can see [...]

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Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)

Jarek Pokrzywnicki Poland - 30-Aug-19

Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)

Site visited in November, 2013. Finally it has been added to tentative places. One of the best petroglyph site I have ever seen, can be compared only with Tamgaly in Kazakchstan. 


The best place to start exploration of the site is a small town of Corire, some 3 hours by bus from Arequipa (doable as a day trip if you stay in Arequipa). While in Corire you have 2 options to reach the site. One is walk - around 3 km from Corire center (mind that the last part of the road is barren lanscape with no shadow - in hot days it may be difficult. Other option is to take a taxi from central Corire. The taxi will take you there, wait for you and take you back to Corire, prices are negotiable.

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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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The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 03-Sep-19

The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)

Oh Galilee! As a Christian, it is a wonder how all the steps of Jesus' early life are less than 2 hours' drive in this region. Back in 2018, I visited Nazareth, Cana, Mount Tabor, Zippori, Tiberias, Magdala, and the Mount of Beatitudes on a small-group private tour. Indeed, they are all holy sites, and it feels greatly spiritual to walk in Jesus' footsteps and be in the sites of great miracles and mysteries. However, I can't say that this is a site worth inscribing on the list. All the significance lies in religious intangible aspects, as in Nazareth, Cana, Mount Tabor, and the Mount of Beatitudes, where only modern churches stand, although Nazareth does have a few Roman-age remains including the alleged house of Mary on the lower level of the church

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Byblos

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Sep-19

Byblos

Visit: January 2019. Byblos is a good place to start a Lebanon WHS trip. I arrived at night, after an easy 45min drive from Beirut airport. Be aware that the same trip during the day can take 2-3 times longer due to heavy traffic in and around Beirut. To add another bonus, accommodation in Byblos was also cheaper and I could park my car in front of the hotel, close to the core zone.

The site opened at 8am and I must say I really liked it. As usual, I was the first visitor on site and enjoyed unspoiled views over the area. I can’t add much about what to see within the archeological zone. It’s a mix of remains from different cultures and times with the Crusader Castle as the dominant feature. It took me around 2 hours to see it all.

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Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 02-Sep-19

Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)

Back in 2018, I visited a great many sites in the Galilee region of Israel. While many were just the usual pilgrimage sites, I intended to visit a few destinations a bit off the beaten track. One of which was the ancient ruins of the town and synagogue of Korazim. It ended up being one of my favorite little places in Israel.

Korazim is [...]

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The old villages of Hollókõ and Rimetea and their surroundings (T)

Lisu Marian Romania - 02-Sep-19

The old villages of Hollókõ and Rimetea and their surroundings (T)

Somewhere in genuine Transylvania, where Cluj meets Alba, the fairytale-like village of Râmetea is found, within a walking distance from Colțești. Situated just at the bottom of the Apuseni Mountains, it portrays an image of the Middle Ages, frozen in space and time. This specific area is part of the universal patrimony and comes together with Holoko, a village situated in Hungary – two twin villages, which possess a spectacular architecture that dates back to the XVII century, combined with just the right amount of modernism.

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Lake District

Clyde Malta - 03-Sep-19

Lake District

I visited this WHS in July 2019 and spent 5 nights here; 3 based near Ulswater and 2 based near Keswick. To try to cover as much ground as possible I did a combination of driving through nerve-wrecking narrow country roads as well as a number of different hikes.

Even though it is a cultural landscape WHS, the Lake District could easily have been a mixed site. There aren't very remarkable historic sites around Lake District National Park although I must say I really enjoyed the Stone Circle of Castlerigg, Wray Castle and what's left of Pullney Bridge which was hard hit by the 2015 floods.

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Palenque

Watkinstravel Canada - 29-Aug-19

Palenque

Maybe it was the perfect weather or the howler monkeys or the thousands of butterflies, but Palenque ended up unexpectedly being our favourite Mayan site on this trip and second overall (after Tikal). It has probably found the best balance between restoration and jungle setting, protection and letting you climb/explore, while being large enough to explore for hours without having to get lost or walk long distances through areas of no interest, Touristy but not too crowded also. Unfortunately we visited on a Monday and the museum was closed. 

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City of Bath

Travel Addicts USA - 01-Sep-19

City of Bath

We’ve been to Bath, England twice, once in 2016 and again earlier this year.  Each visit (once in winter and once in summer) made a significant impression on us.  I’d wanted to visit Bath for over two decades, having heard about this cool town from a local girl at a summer camp years ago.  Bath did not disappoint.

In many ways, there’s really two Baths…and we loved both of them.  There’s the town’s history as Aque Sulis, a Roman outpost built on the banks of the Avon River.  The town was founded at the spot of a naturally occurring hot springs.  Even today, visitors (like us!) enjoy bathing in the warm Bath springs waters.  No matter how much time you have in Bath, a dip in the healing waters is essential!

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Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 31-Aug-19

Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)

Wow, for the vastness of Fjordland National Park, let alone Te Wahipounamu, it's really surprising that the waters of the fjords themselves have been left out of the inscription. They are basically the essence of the fjord, and contain a unique but still connected ecosystem with the rest of the park. Many people, including myself visit this daily through the fjord cruises in Milford Sound. One would never expect the tip of the fjord to already be the sea, as steep cliffs and mountains, littered with hundreds of little waterfalls, block the views of the curving fjord. However, on the small outcroppings above the water, masses of seals cover the surfaces. The water all around is a deep dark blue, still a pristine environment for all the creatures we see and don't see

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Antigua Guatemala

Watkinstravel Canada - 29-Aug-19

Antigua Guatemala

Compared to other colonial towns in Central America (and quite possibly the whole new world) Antigua has no equal. We arrived at night and the first impression was of how wide the streets are. Totally unlike other old towns which usually feel so cramped. It is beautifully preserved and maintained and the historic area is much larger than I expected. Make no mistake, this is a well-oiled tourism machine used to lots of visitors passing through. But rather than going the overly tacky route, they cater to foreigners with nice hotels, pretty cafes, good food and clean streets

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Vegaøyan

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 02-Sep-19

Vegaøyan

Vega island by itself is a lovely hiking spot for fresh air, some history, flora and fauna spotting. The main issue is that the ferry to the island is expensive enough to turn away potential visitors. There are many places along the coast that have the same scenery without that pricey crossing. The main draw is the eider duck and you have probably read that the ducks aren't easily spotted on the island. In fact they mainly come here during nesting season (April) and during that time visitors are not welcome. Hotels are closed and the locals don't like a silly tourists scaring the ducks away. Every house, every barn, every boat and even wheelbarrow become potential nests for the female eider, forming the connection between ducks and humans it has received world heritage status for

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Amsterdam Canal Ring

Travel Addicts USA - 01-Sep-19

Amsterdam Canal Ring

Amsterdam Canal Ring

There’s no place quite like Amsterdam.  What makes it so special (and why we loved it) is the canal ring around Amsterdam.  From our first walk along the canals, we had fallen deeply in love.

The 165 canals are criss-crossed by bridges.  Getting lost in the canal ring was the best way to see the city.  Wandering along the canals, we explored shops and stopped at local cafes and restaurants to eat Dutch food.

The highlight is the 75-minute canal cruise.  It was the best way to explore the canals and take in the city’s unique architecture.  The best views are from boat-level!

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Copan

Watkinstravel Canada - 29-Aug-19

Copan

Honduras has a reputation that is enough to scare off most visitors from making a lengthy visit. Fortunately Copan Ruinas is very close to the Guatemalan border and is easily reached from there both independently or by tour/tourist shuttle. There are several sections to this site including the museum and tunnels and with all the separate fees it is one of the more expensive Mayan WHS to see. 

We covered the most central parts and didn't make it out to the Sepulturas section and it still took us a couple hours. Compared to other Mayan ruins what really sets this one apart is the quality and quantity of stele and carved detail, especially in the hieroglyphic staircase

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Rock Drawings in Valcamonica

LaVale Italy - 30-Aug-19

Rock Drawings in Valcamonica

I visited this WHS in July 2019 for the first time in my life (despite of living not so far from it - about 2 hrs by car). If you have Lombardia Carta Musei, Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri di Capo di Ponte is included in your card (otherwise, ticket is 6€). Parco Archeologico Nazionale dei Massi di Cemmo has a free entrance.

I was very lucky, since - by chance - that day there was a special night opening of Massi di Cemmo and Parco Archeologico Comunale di Seradina-Bedolina, with a guided tour with the Park director, so we could get very interesting explanations. Also, drawings are better seen with raking lights (i.e. early morning, sunset, or night with a raking lamp). 

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Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto

Jarek Pokrzywnicki Poland - 29-Aug-19

Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto

Site visited in August, 2019, Just a few weeks after inscription. Nice surprise. I managed to see 2 components out of 3: coal storage facilities located in Padang (port of Emmahaven), and mining town Sawahlunto.

Initially visited those storage facilities in Padang – area is not marked by any means – you should use location from a website (exact coordinates 0°59'28.7"S 100°22'51.6"E). Site consists of warehouses, infrastructure and different machineries connected with coal. The whole site looks as unused and a bit neglected for some time but is still fenced – the only access is from western part of Jl Tj. Priuk road. As for August 2019 the site looks as completely unprepared for mass tourism but you can visit all places at your own risk – some areas are not very secure. The site can be reached from Padang central area (around 7 km) by Go Jek or by local public transport (minibuses)

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Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 29-Aug-19

Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)

First of all, I do believe in the OUV of Magellan's Route. I think it's one of the most historically significant itineraries in the world, and definitely the most significant that goes all the way around the world, being the first one. I think there are definitely sites in the world that still show the direct legacy of this voyage. All that said, I don't think this is the way to go.

The truth is that most of the places visited by the Magellan-Elcano (yes, credit Elcano with the first circumnavigation, not Magellan) voyage do not contain much if any remaining concrete evidence or legacy of it. Yes, the sites may be the same, but sites are not to be preserved simply for being part of a route if they don't show any direct legacy of the route

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Lima

Jay T USA - 28-Aug-19

Lima

Lima is a great city to explore -- I must state that up front -- but the central historic district which composes the World Heritage Site was not as impressive to me as other historic districts I have visited in Latin America, such as Mexico City or Quito. Walking through the district in October 2018, I made brief stops in Plaza San Martin, centered around a statue of its eponymous hero on horseback, and the Iglesia de La Merced, with its neat baroque facade, before making my way to the more charming Plaza Mayor

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Tombs of Buganda Kings

Squiffy UK - 27-Aug-19

Tombs of Buganda Kings

It wasn’t much to look at. Some concrete pillars, some buckled girders, some plastic sheeting.  Beyond it, the compound was scruffy and dilapidated. Old women in trances lay on the steps, naked children washed from bowls, flies swarmed around the matoke and the scent of incense hung in the air. I was in the presence of royalty…

Visiting the tombs of the Buganda kings at Kasubi in north-west Kampala really represents the dual nature of being a Unesco World Heritage hunter

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