OK - to avoid to many different subjects within 1 thread I will raise this separately!
I suggest a connection for those sites which discriminate regarding entry on the grounds of Sex, Religion or Nationality
Mt Athos - Men Only
Bagerhat - Khan Jahan's tomb - Men Only
Fez - Great Kairaouine Mosque - Muslims only
Marrakesh - Koutoubia mosque - Muslims only
Does anyone know of any sites which, assuming they have obtained a visa to enter the country, non-nationals are not allowed to visit. I remember France used to (I think it stopped now) prevent entry to non nationals at one of its military ports (not a WHS but you get the idea). I know that some Russian towns are still "closed cities" - but I can't think of any which are WHS. I assume Kronstadt is fully open now?
It isn't good enough for someone to say regarding the Muslim sites that this is a "religious" belief which shouldn't be "criticised"
a. Mere identification of the site is a statement of fact not an inherent criticism
b. In my own personal view a site shouldn't have it both ways - if it wants to be "universal patrimony" then entry generally and to the parts which are significant for its inscription should be open (or closed) to all equally on the basis of gender, nationality and religion!
c. Since many Islamic sites ARE open it is in fact a cultural factor in just some countries