Argo Profile

We had always liked travelling, thought we really started collecting WHS in 2006. Then came the children, making the collection more challenging, as our goal is to visit these sites together as a family. Fortunately, living in Europe gives many opportunities of reasonable trips with two young children: we try to cover Europe in the most complete way, leaving long haul trips for later.

We are French; we were living in Paris and recently moved to London.

Our alias “Argo” relates to the name of the mythological ship which was used by Jason and companions for their trips, including the famous Golden Fleece quest – thus a good name for our own quest of WHS!

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The Lofoten islands (T)

Argo France - 03-May-20

The Lofoten islands (T)

We spent several days in Lofoten islands in summer 2016, and this was one of the highlights of our Norway trip (a country which is one of the best – if not the best – in Europe for landscapes and nature lovers). We were lucky enough to enjoy sunny weather during our stay, giving blue and turquoise color to the sea along white sandy beaches (from the pictures, this looked like tropical country, but actual air temperature never exceeded 15°C during the day!). From Unesco website, it can be understood that this TWHS is proposed as a mixed site and encompasses the south-westernmost islands of the archipelago.

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Rabati Malik Caravanserai (T)

Argo France - 19-Apr-20

Rabati Malik Caravanserai (T)

Uzbekistan has nominated 18 locations both individually and combined as one single serial nomination under the name “Silk roads in Uzbekistan”. Reading a recent review (by Els) about Bahoutdin complex, and all travels being cancelled for the time being, I dived into my notes and pictures from our 2007 trip in Uzbekistan to sort out which of these 18 sites we had actually visited. I counted a handful of them, and only one not reviewed so far: Raboti Malik caravanserai.

The remains of this caravanserai are located immediately along the main road from Bukhara to Samarkand, and as [...]

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Vila Viçosa, Renaissance ducal town (T)

Argo France - 30-Nov-19

Vila Viçosa, Renaissance ducal town (T)

Vila Vicosa was a pleasant stop on our way from Lisbon airport to Elvas WHS. It is a pretty and small town with white houses as you can find dozens in Portugal, nothing special from that point of view. The main point of interest is the Renaissance ducal Palace, which large front side (more than one hundred meters long) stretches on one side of a wide, cobbled square, also bordered by churches and more white buildings.

Vila Vicosa was the hometown of the Dukes of Braganza, one of the most powerful and influential family in Portugal, and who eventually became the last reigning family of the country when Joao IV became king of Portugal. Almost 150 years before they took the throne, the ducal palace was already a clear manifesto of their power, built by Duke Jaime I at the very beginning of 16th century, as he wanted to get out of the old, medieval castle, which had been the home of his fathers. Front side of the palace has clear Renaissance style, while most of the rooms inside have been changed and refurbished over the centuries: mainly the global layout and the ceiling in few rooms survived. The visit is by guided tour only (for about 50 minutes), and in Portuguese

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Mausoleum and Sacred area of Hecatomnus (T)

Argo France - 29-Sep-19

Mausoleum and Sacred area of Hecatomnus (T)

The Mausoleum of Hecatomnus archaeological site lays in the middle of the modern city of Milas. While you may well go around the city when driving the main road from Bodrum to Ephesus or to the South coast of Turkey, only (T)WHS hunters would take time to drive through the town center to this site. It is managed by the museum of Milas, and entrance is free. There are very few signs to guide you there, and no park place for your car, but you can rely on Google and on the map of this website to find it.

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Archaeological Site of Priene (T)

Argo France - 14-Sep-19

Archaeological Site of Priene (T)

The archaeological site of Priene in Western Turkey is the opportunity to visit a middle size Hellenistic city from the last centuries BCE. There are no outstanding monuments like in other nearby inscribed sites, but all typical buildings of a city of that time can be visited : bouleuterion (the “city council room”), agora (main square), theatre (well preserved with many architectural details), temple of Athena (a few still standing columns, and many more on the ground floor…). This feeling of walking in an everyday, human size environment makes the experience different than visiting e.g. Ephesus or Aphrodisias, enhanced by the nice location of the site on the slope of a rocky hill and the more than welcomed shadow of pine trees. 

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Update 12.04.20
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Aleppo 5
Petra 5
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Siena 5
Acropolis 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Cuzco 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Ephesus 4.5
Florence 4.5
Palenque 4.5
Pergamon 4.5
Prague 4.5
Toledo 4.5
Assisi 4
Bosra 4
Brugge 4
Masada 4
Naples 4
Potosi 4
Rhodes 4
Split 4
Arles 3.5
Avila 3.5
Belfries 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Budapest 3.5
Caceres 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Delos 3.5
Elvas 3.5
Evora 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Liverpool 3.5
Matera 3.5
Mostar 3.5
Mystras 3.5
Oporto 3.5
Paphos 3.5
Reims 3.5
Segovia 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Tiwanaku 3.5
Uluru 3.5
Verona 3.5
Vienna 3.5
Vézelay 3.5
Belem 3
Corvey 3
Lyon 3
Modena 3
Orange 3
Pienza 3
Puebla 3
Riga 3
Sucre 3
Telc 3
Trebic 3
Trier 3
Visby 3
Warsaw 3
Zamosc 3
Albi 2.5
Aquileia 2.5
Epidaurus 2.5
Ivrea 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Kernavë 2.5
Morelia 2.5
Nessebar 2.5
Potsdam 2.5
Provins 2.5
Reichenau 2.5
Røros 2.5
Trogir 2.5
Vilnius 2.5
Genoa 2
Graz 2
Lima 2
Nancy 2
Torun 2
Urbino 2
Aranjuez 1.5
Hollókö 1.5
Old Rauma 1.5
Tequila 1.5
Battir 1
Schokland 0.5
  1. Agioi Varnavas and Ilarion at Peristerona (Five-domed churches) (T)
  2. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  3. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  4. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  5. Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (T)
  6. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  7. Apamee (Afamia) (T)
  8. Archaeological site of Ancient Messene (T)
  9. Archaeological Site of Priene (T)
  10. Arsenal de Rochefort et fortifications de l'estuaire de la Charente (T)
  11. Bahoutdin Architectural Complex (T)
  12. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  13. Baptism Site “Eshria’a” (Al-Maghtas) (T)
  14. Baroque Temples of Collao (T)
  15. Bet She'an (T)
  16. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  17. Bouches de Bonifacio (T)
  18. Bradyseism in the Flegrea Area (T)
  19. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  20. Bulwarked Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (T)
  21. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  22. Cascata delle Marmore and valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  23. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  24. Cattolica Monastery in Stilo and Basilian-Byzantine complexes (T)
  25. Central Park (T)
  26. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  27. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  28. Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (T)
  29. Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (T)
  30. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  31. Chor-Bakr (T)
  32. Chott El Jerid (T)
  33. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  34. Churches of the Altiplano (T)
  35. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  36. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  37. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  38. Creswell Crags (T)
  39. Degania & Nahalal (T)
  40. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  41. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  42. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  43. Ebla (Tell Mardikh) (T)
  44. Ellis Island (T)
  45. Ensemble de grottes à concrétions du Sud de la France (T)
  46. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  47. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  48. Flow Country (T)
  49. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  50. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  51. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  52. Great City of Chicomostoc-La Quemada (T)
  53. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  54. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  55. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  56. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)
  57. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  58. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  59. Hangar Y (T)
  60. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  61. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  62. Île de Djerba (T)
  63. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  64. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  65. Klirou Bridge (T)
  66. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  67. La Camargue (T)
  68. La Moneda Palace (T)
  69. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  70. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  71. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  72. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  73. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  74. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  75. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise (T)
  76. Les villes bastionnées des Pays-Bas du nord-ouest de l'Europe (T)
  77. Loarre Castle (T)
  78. Maaloula (T)
  79. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  80. Marais salants de Guérande (T)
  81. Mausoleum and Sacred area of Hecatomnus (T)
  82. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  83. Mesta Livestock trails (T)
  84. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  85. Montagne Sainte-Victoire et sites cezaniens (T)
  86. Mount Vernon (T)
  87. Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof: the Zenith of Iron Age Shetland (T)
  88. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  89. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  90. Noréas de Hama (T)
  91. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  92. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  93. Orvieto (T)
  94. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  95. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  96. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  97. Phare de Cordouan (T)
  98. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  99. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  100. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  101. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  102. Rabati Malik Caravanserai (T)
  103. Rade de Marseille (T)
  104. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  105. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  106. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  107. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  108. Rural Temples of Cusco (T)
  109. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  110. Sajama National Park (T)
  111. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  112. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  113. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  114. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  115. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  116. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  117. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  118. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  119. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  120. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  121. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  122. Sites of Great Moravia (T)
  123. Sites of Great Moravia: Mikulcice - Kopcani (T)
  124. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  125. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  126. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  127. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  128. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  129. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  130. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  131. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  132. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse (T)
  133. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  134. The Lofoten islands (T)
  135. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  136. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  137. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  138. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  139. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  140. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  141. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis (extension) (T)
  142. The Royal Sites of Ireland (T)
  143. The Silver Route (T)
  144. The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (T)
  145. The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track (T)
  146. The Twin Monastery of Wearmouth Jarrow (T)
  147. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  148. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  149. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  150. Two neolithic dwellings (T)
  151. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)
  152. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  153. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  154. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  155. Vila Viçosa, Renaissance ducal town (T)
  156. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  157. Western Stone Forts (T)
  158. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  159. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)