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The Historic City of Dublin (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 11-Mar-19

The Historic City of Dublin (T)

I visited Dublin a couple of times, most recently in 2017, and set aside some time for exploring, but the reality is that there is little to explore there that rises to the level of exceptional. The town is undoubtedly nice, the people are among the friendliest in all of Europe, but beyond a few eye-pleasing clusters in the city center, most of the Georgian architecture that forms the basis of this tentative WH submission is actually kind of boring (I am noting the fact that the text of the submission openly warns the reader of the plainness of the exteriors and contrasts that with purportedly excellent interiors, which can hardly be seen on a short visit to town).

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Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz

Matejicek Czechia - 10-Mar-19

Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz

I did it in similar way like others, and visited parts of the Garden Kingdom in Dessau adjacent to Bauhaus sites: I could see&visit Georgium when I was walking from main Bauhaus building to Masters` houses, but it was not very appealing for me, because the park, artifitial ruins and eclectic buildings are now penetrated by modern urban lanscapes and roads. I entered the WHS once again after visiting Masters`houses: I walked along Ebert-alle towards Weinbergschlosschen around 15 minutes. This neoclassicist bulding is quite small but pretty (see photo). Then I entered the natural park - in fact a blend of meadows, solitary trees, lakes, marchlands where everything was in bloom in May. This was my highlight of the WHS but I am not sure if it is related to OUV..

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Augustow Canal (T)

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

Augustow Canal (T)

I only visited the Augustow Canal on the Belarus side in April last year. The Polish side seems like a long drive and little tourist stuff in the northeast (sorry to say) of the country. Saying that, there are probably nice forests but nothing unique or special. Belarus on the other hand has the city of Grodno (still unsure why it's not HrodnA as that's how the pronounce it) nearby and easy access to the canal by a great road system. Only when you get close to the canal do the roads get gravel and unclear signs could possibly lead you onto the wrong road through the forest. Driving past the canal with NO barriers surely is not for the faint of heart, unless of course you are used to driving around in Dutch cities!

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Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)

Matejicek Czechia - 10-Mar-19

Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)

I completely agree that Mikulčice archeological park is one of the most important archeo-sites in Czech and Slovak Republics. Empire of Great Morava is of great importance for Czechs, Slovaks and Balkan Slavonic nations, but it has no OUV and should not be WHS. The site is very popular. It is partly due to a propaganda in the Comunist times that everything related with the East that beats the West was greatly supported, and also in midle ages because the emperor Charles IV used the lagacy of Great Moravia archbishopric for justification of independency of church of Bohemia from Germans in 14th century. The problem is that Great Moravia lasted only for short period in 9th-10th century, and its heritage is overestimated.

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Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch (T)

Solivagant UK - 09-Mar-19

Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch (T)

Gujarat possesses 2 wildlife “parks” with UNESCO WH “history”. Each “majors” on a specific Mammal species - Gir NP, famous as the only location remaining for the Asiatic Lion, and the Little Rann of Kutch, gazetted as a “Wild Ass Sanctuary”. The former was once on India’s T List but was removed in 1992 and the latter was added in 2006 having once had a failed nomination way back in 1993 - and it remains there (without, as far as I am aware, any further nomination activity). We had time for but 1 “wildlife” experience during our 2019 trip to Gujarat - which was it to be??? Gir seemed to require at least 2 days of a.m/p

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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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Arab-Norman Palermo

Matejicek Czechia - 09-Mar-19

Arab-Norman Palermo

This is one of my favorite WHS in Italy. The reign of Norman kings and their heirs, Hohenstaufen such as Frederick II, is the heyday era of Sicilly and antient Calabria and Apulia from 11th to 13th century, and one can see its testimony even nowadays. The great examples are the romanesque cathedrals and castles in Apulia (TWHS + WHS), and Arab-Norman monuments in Palermo, Monreale and Cefalu (WHS). While the Apulian cathedrals show strong Norman, Lombard, and Tuscany impact with a touch of Byzantine style, the Sicilian treasures are incredible blends of Norman, Byzantine and Arab styles.

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Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)

Solivagant UK - 08-Mar-19

Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)

The Sri Harimandir Sahib  (a.k.a - “Golden Temple”), was 15th on our Community list of “Top Missing” but is, as yet, unreviewed by any Community member (just once - by a “guest”) – I wonder why?? We too had missed it across a number of other visits to N India. The city of Amritsar, where it is situated, is a bit of a “cul de sac”, with the Pak frontier only c30kms away and the more travelled routes from the South into the Himalayas to Shimla, Manali and Leh all turn off before you reach it. In Feb 2019 we finally made it and found it well worth the journey.  

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Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region

Ian Cade UK - 07-Mar-19

Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region

My first visit to one of the plethora of small wooden churches in this corner of Europe that provide three separate World Heritage Sites, was a rather enjoyable, if short experience, in a town that I would otherwise have no real reason to be in.


I hadn’t planned to visit this site, but an early landing at Lviv’s new airport and very swift passport control meant I was curbside about an hour before I thought I would be. Off the cuff I looked at the map on my phone I realised that the Tserkva of the Holy Trinity in Zhovkva was only about 45 minutes away, all that time our coommunity put into plotting sites on a map suddenly paid off!

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Ellis Island (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 07-Mar-19

Ellis Island (T)

Ellis Island has been an entry point for over 12 million immigrants to the United States over the course of 60-plus years. The descendants of those immigrants nowadays make over 40% of the population of the USA. My wife's family name can be found on the Wall of Honor on the island.

Ellis Island can only be visited on a combined ticket together with the Statue of Liberty, and quite a lot of people give it the short shrift, spending the bulk of their time on Liberty Island. Those who decide to budget time for Ellis Island quickly realize that even a few hours may not be enough for seeing and learning all there is to see and learn. The audio guide - included in the ticket price - has over 120 hours of narration with nearly 2000 stops across half a dozen exhibitions and general areas. I suggest budgeting at least 3 hours, which will allow you to take a look at all major aspects of the site and explore one or two areas in depth

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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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Central Park (T)

Ilya Burlak USA - 06-Mar-19

Central Park (T)

It is surprisingly hard to write a review of one's home area attraction. I've been to Central Park in New York City a few hundred times, in conservative estimation, likely setting foot at least once at or near all of its major features and points of interest. On a pure intellectual level, I continue to recognize it as a monumental achievement of purposeful civic planning and the blueprint for many other parks since. But a park that I've seen only once in some remote locale probably retains a stronger impression for me than the park I've seen and used for most of my adult life.

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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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Mount Wuyi

Andrew Wembridge AU, DE - 05-Mar-19

Mount Wuyi

I visited Wuyi Shan in Feb. 2017 on a weekend I had spare, being in Fujian Province on business at the time and this being one of the reachable UNESCO sites from where I was based.

The two main activities are floating along the river on a raft (accompanied by what I assume was some sort of running commentary, tea and music) as well as rambling across the mountainous terrain which features many tea plantations - some of which were purportedly slated for imperial use due to their specific geographic location and thus I assume climate / sun / shade / soil / overall quality.

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Fortified City of Carcassonne

Dennis Nicklaus - 05-Mar-19

Fortified City of Carcassonne

I loved Carcassonne with its massive stone walls, pointy turrets, and the inner castle of Chateau Comtal.  Sure, Viollet-le-Duc may have taken some artistic license, but the overall result is really fantastic.  Part of my enthusiasm for the city may be from the time of year that I visited. I visited in late October -- the weather was crisp and fine, and the crowds very small. I might feel differently if I had been fighting the summer hordes. I had an easy time getting photos with no people during the early morning or evening. I made it my base for a few nights, staying a couple blocks outside La Cite'

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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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Cerrado Protected Areas

Stanislaw Warwas Poland - 04-Mar-19

Cerrado Protected Areas

Visited February 2019.

I have visited only one component of this inscription – Chapada dos Veaderiros National Park which is situated few hours by bus Brasilia. The visitors’ centre is located in the village called Sao Jorge where you can find an accommodation but in my opinion better place to stay is Alto Paraiso de Goias – to get there take a bus from Interstate Bus Station in Brasilia, there are 3 buses a day and the journey takes 3 hours and a half (depending on traffic while leaving the capital). At the moment I was in Alto Paraiso there was no public transportation to Sao Jorge, but 30 km distance to the entrance of the park can be covered by taxi (tourist information centre in Alto Paraiso can help to arrange) or you can hitch-hike (yes, it worked!)

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Coffee Cultural Landscape

Michael Ayers USA - 02-Mar-19

Coffee Cultural Landscape

Visited in February 2019.

Like many members, I am often bewildered when trying to determine exactly what I am supposed to see when visiting a Cultural Landscape site. Colombia's recently-inscribed Coffee Cultural Landscape is a perfect example of that.

As I prepared my recent visit, there was a map available on the UNESCO page for this site that, in theory, gives the location of the core- and buffer-zones of this site. However, the map is close to impossible to read easily, seemingly being created from whatever public-domain map its creators could find. Text labels for cities and towns are sometimes in the wrong place, and the roadways, and other landmarks, are also not very clear

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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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Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Parks and their Archaeological Sites (T)

Michael Ayers USA - 02-Mar-19

Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Parks and their Archaeological Sites (T)

Visit in February 2019.

As I understand it, the current iteration of this nomination consists of two National Parks, Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, each containing an interesting archeological site. The parks are close to each other, and to the city of Santa Marta, which serves as the gateway to the site. Tayrona Park is the smaller of the two, and is located on the Caribbean coast, while the larger Sierra Nevada Park is slightly inland and its mountainous terrain creates a more humid biome compared to the surrounding area, which is semi-arid

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