Astraftis Profile

As an increasingly slow and detail-loving traveller, how could I not be attracted by the promised wonders of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? I appreciate that, despite their variety, from the more majestic to the most unassuming (and maybe disappointing) one, each is capable of highlighting a piece of the world history in its own way.

So, trying not to be overcome by the compulsive urge to visit them all, I greatly enjoy including them in my travels or planning some routes around them. Until recently I heavily focused on Europe, but I am slowly reaching out into the world, without forgetting to visit those in my country, the most WHS-ed of all!

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

Astraftis Italy - 15-Jul-21

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Curious: the name of this site implies that the main sight is the church, which just so happens to include Da Vinci's version of the Last Supper. This might be historically true, as Leonardo was commissioned to do a painting in the Dominicans' refectory: an important piece, but still for private contemplation by the monks only, and in a sense, however important, a decorative element of a bigger church. But then, the Artist set in and decided that this would not have been your ordinary painting. And so, if there once was a painting as part of a convent complex, now we rather have a convent complex and church functioning as the frame for one of the most famous paintings in the world.

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Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)

Astraftis Italy - 25-Jun-21

Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)

This is to me a bit of a mysterious (tentative) site, and one that I don't know if it will ever manage to make it on the list, although it has potential

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Archaeological Site of Delphi

Astraftis Italy - 06-Oct-20

Archaeological Site of Delphi

I am quite disconcerted at reading other travellers' comments that Delphi might not be the best in Greece, or that its ruins might be disappointing... allow me to claim that Delphi actually is among the top 3 archaeological sites in Greece (at least for me)!!! And this comes from a blend of history and setting.

My first (and until now only) visit to Delphoí came quite late (October 2018) when considering my numerous previous forays in Greece, and I was quite excited at the idea

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Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)

Astraftis Italy - 02-Oct-20

Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)

Disclaimer: at first I was convinced I had visited exactly one of the three sites of this TWHS, but then, after better checking, it seems that in mid-August 2018 I was at a smaller field of deer stones of which I can't remember the name between Khatgal (the town on the Khövsgöl lake) and Mörön and near to the Erkhel lake (Эрхэл нуур), not far from the proposed one of Uushgiin övör (Уушгийн өвөр). It was off the beaten track and not so easy to find, but still not so distant from the main road (and of course absolutely no signs). Since the deer stones there are of the same kind as in the other sites and in the same area, I think I can count this as a "visit".

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Tiya

Astraftis Italy - 29-Sep-20

Tiya

Tiya was one of the first things I saw of Ethiopia, on a morning of August in 2015, after having been picked up by our drivers/guides from the airport together with my small group at dawn, after little or no sleep (it seems that my experience was quite similar to Juha's). Our final destination was the south and the Omo valley, but on that first day the guides had planned to bring us (also) here on the way to our first stop-over in Hawassa; from this and the fact that a troupe of a local television was there to take an interview with us, I got the impression that they were trying to promote the site somehow.

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Name
Astraftis
Country
Italy
Most Impressive
Bagan
Proposal
Takh wild horse conservation area in Khustai (Mongolia); Caves in the region around Hpa-An (Myanmar); Yazılıkaya, the Midas tomb, and the Phrygian valley (Turkey); The Navigli system of Lombardy (Italy)
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Siena 5
Konso 4.5
Matera 4.5
Mtskheta 4.5
Verona 4.5
Assisi 4
Telc 4
Visby 4
Avignon 3.5
Kernavë 3.5
Modena 3.5
Mostar 3.5
Orange 3.5
Tallinn 3.5
Urbino 3.5
Vicenza 3.5
Graz 3
Riga 3
Røros 3
Split 3
Trebic 3
Trier 3
Seville 2.5
Tiya 2.5
Trogir 2
  1. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  4. Anatolian Seljuks Madrasahs (T)
  5. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  6. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  7. Bale Mountains National Park (T)
  8. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  9. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  10. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  11. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  12. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  13. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  14. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  15. Dana Biosphere Reserve (T)
  16. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  17. Deer Stone Monuments, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (T)
  18. Esrefoglu Mosque (T)
  19. Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna Region (T)
  20. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  21. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  22. Giardini Botanici Hanbury (T)
  23. Gorge of Samaria National Park (T)
  24. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  25. Inle Lake (T)
  26. Íznik (T)
  27. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  28. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  29. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  30. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  31. La Camargue (T)
  32. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  33. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  34. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  35. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  36. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  37. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  38. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  39. Medieval Settlement of Kirtipur (T)
  40. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  41. Moler landscapes of the Liim Fiord (T)
  42. Mountainous Phrygia (T)
  43. Mta-Tusheti (T)
  44. Mrauk-U (T)
  45. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  46. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  47. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  48. Ripa Pannonica in Hungary (T)
  49. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  50. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  51. Sacred Mountains of Mongolia (T)
  52. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  53. Shatili (T)
  54. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  55. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  56. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  57. The city of Bergamo (T)
  58. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  59. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  60. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  61. The Maritime Heritage of Dragør Old Town and Harbour - A ‘skipper-town’ from the era of the great tall ships in the 18th and 19th centuries (T)
  62. The medieval palace complex of Gorkha (T)
  63. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  64. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  65. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  66. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  67. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  68. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  69. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  70. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  71. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  72. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  73. Wooden Roofed and Wooden Columned Mosques in Anatolia (T)
  74. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)