Only MESA VERDE for Pre-Columbian cultures in North America!
I'm assuming you're referring to just the US and Canada here, but yes, it is unfortunate. I cast votes for SGang Gwaay
(6) and Cahokia Mounds
(4) in addition to Mesa Verde
, but I'm not particularly surprised they aren't well known outside WHS enthusiasts interested in pre-Columbian sites (SGang Gwaay and Cahokia Mounds aren't even well known to most Americans or Canadians, and the same goes for Chaco Culture, as meltwaterfalls pointed out. I'd guess at least a good percentage of Americans have heard of Taos, though).
No recognition for Mexico's Desert gem!
That's OK -- you, Assif, and I can at least enjoy the North American desert in relative peace and quiet, free from crowds!
So - relatively (and probably unsurprisingly) Palaces and Cathedrals were more "popular" with the general vote than with the Community which undoubtedly tried hard to minimise (optimise?) the representation of these 2 categories.
That sounds like a pretty reasonable theory. I know that's something I kept in mind -- hence, I chose to cut Cologne Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace, even though both are pretty remarkable.
I hadn't noticed Potsdam had so comfortably qualified for the top 200.
I'm not sure what rationale others had, but Potsdam made it into my Top 200 because of gardens, palace, and Cold War history (see Glienicke Bridge).
Hard to believe Salamanca didn't make it as not only a beautiful city
That was one of my hard cuts, so I might have inadvertently kept it from the Top 208 (or 209). Sorry about that. I did my part for Cordoba, though.
What I'll try to do in the next days, is to analyse
I look forward to the findings.