I was thinking about a connection Tour of the country
for those WHSs which are:
- discrete, i.e. serial (necessary condition)
- all in the same country
- "zero dimensional": they are not different areas, e.g. separated parts of natural parks, but single monuments or very specific places
- not linear, but distributed more freely
- spanning an underlying area which covers most of a single country.
More simply put, sparse WHSs whose complete visit would make you substantially make a round of all of the country, or a significant part of it, by land or sea. Beyond the mathematicese, concrete examples are:
- Langobards in Italy
: to visit them all you have to go from the extreme of NE Italy in Friuli (Cividale) down to SE in Apulia (Monte San Michele), adding NW in Lombardy (Castelseprio) and the western side of Appenines in Benevento. To visit them all, you practically need to cover most of the peninsula!
- Vauban's fortifications
: they're by definition covering all angles of France.
- I think the Sansa
monasteries in Korea might also fit here: together they cover more than half of the country.
- Among tentative sites, the extension of the Chinese sacred mounts
would (will?) fit here nearly by definition (as they symbolise all corners of the world), and the same goes for the sacred mounts of Mongolia
. Conversely, I feel Pyu cities
in Myanmar are laid out too linearly.
Right now I cannot come up with other similar sites, but these are at least three already.
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I was also giving a look at other connections and some might need an update:
- Undergoing Restoration or Repair
: Waiting for the monster-restoration in Prague, Camaret sur Mer (Vauban
) and Plantin-Moretus
seem finished by now. Ħal Saflieni
has also reopened by now, right? Many others are apparently updated at 2016.
- Europa Nostra 7 Most Endangered
: for 2021
also the Giusti garden in Verona
is cited, which lies inside the core zone. I think it's recovering well, but you can see the wake of destruction of the terrible rainstorm of 2020, of which Goethe's cypress fell victim (but the connection stands anyway).
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Lastly, I was humbly wondering if a connection like Appearing as wonder in the Age of Empires videogame series
is acceptable. Probably I am biased, but as I suspect many of you already know this game (the 2 especially) is monumental in its genre, is still alive and kicking after more than 20 years, and most importantly has become part of popular culture and sparked the historical interest of many players. I once did a list of all the appearing WHS-wonders here
, but there are some new ones:
- the city hall on the Grand Place
in Bruxelles for Burgundians
- Monreale cathedral (Arab-Norman Palermo
) for Sicilians
- Powder gate (part of Prague
) for Bohemians
- this means that Prague now appears twice in this list (for arcane reasons, the Franks' wonder is depicting St. Vitus cathedral);
- Wawel cathedral in Cracow