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Popocatepetl monasteries

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 19-Aug-21

Popocatepetl monasteries

I visited this site around New Years 16/17 during a visit to friends in Cuernavaca. It is not an easy site to visit thoroughly since there are many monasteries and they are all slightly different but to the rushing beholder not very much. It takes an effort to appreciate the individuality of each site. In addition the monasteries are all rather bulky, they look more like fortresses then like churches and that was certainly intentional since missionary time could be dangerous and the local population might not always and everywhere be equally enthusiastic or just willing to adopt the new faith

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Ljubljana

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 13-Aug-21

Ljubljana

I visited Ljubljana after Christmas 2019 to spend New Years with friends who own an apartment in the city. Already then, before inscription, the town was overrun with tourists, mainly from Italy. Slovenia is not only a beautiful country but also cheaper then Italy to make a trip there attractive for Italians. 

I am not sure how much of its attraction the city owns to Plečnik. Perhaps the generosity of open spaces in the center may his main merit. His buildings with the pyramids and columns do not necessarily blend well with the medieval and baroque architecture of the city center, they seem often a bit inserted into the surrounding buildings as if they were taken from another city and placed here

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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)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 13-Aug-21

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)

I based myself this summer 2021 for ten days in Copenhagen. Of those ten days I spent about half the time in the City with some great museums and the other half I travelled around the capital region including of course Rosilde and Helsingor, a day trip to Sweden and a evening in Dragor. The latter is a pretty small town south of Copenhagen but the old town is more like a village with a harbor. This area is well preserved with yellow simple houses and cobble lanes. The harbour is quite big filled with leisure boats.  It was nice to stroll around the lanes for half an hour and I had a simple dinner at the harbor. There is not much to see of the former ship industry but a few small buildings in the harbor area

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Jomon Prehistoric Sites

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 12-Aug-21

Jomon Prehistoric Sites

I played in May 2014 a concert in the big modern concert hall of Hachinohe. During my stay in that city for rehearsals I had plenty of spare time and there seemed very little to see in this modern town. Public transport was only marked with Japanese letters, hardly anybody spoke any English, I felt rather trapped. Unfortunately I did not know about the Korekawa Jomon Site and missed out on that. I am not sure if it existed at that time or not. But after the concert I travelled west with my hosts to Aomori city to the same site that Els has visited, Sannai-Maruyama. 

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ShUM Sites

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 12-Aug-21

ShUM Sites

This site is used everywhere around Rheinland Pfalz to promote tourism. While the Jewish communities in those towns may have been of great importance for the European Jews the main story that sticks in your mind after your visit is the horrible and repeated persecutions those communities had to suffer. Even the buildings you see now are all reconstructions after destructions in different periods what makes you feel embarrassed as a European of christian background and you cannot help but be reminded of the Third Reich. The fact is that there was horrible Antisemitism in the 19th C. (just remember Dreyfuss as one example) and that today synagogues in most European countries need protection from military or paramilitary staff.

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Caspar Dechmann
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Switzerland
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Gdansk, New York Central Park

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Update 19.10.21
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Pompei 5
Prague 5
Brugge 4.5
Florence 4.5
Istanbul 4.5
Potsdam 4.5
Rome 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Assisi 4
Oporto 4
Puebla 4
Rhodes 4
Siena 4
Toledo 4
Verona 4
Avignon 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
Nikko 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Salzburg 3.5
Segovia 3.5
St. Kilda 3.5
Syracuse 3.5
Uxmal 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Vicenza 3.5
Arles 3
Avila 3
Graz 3
Naples 3
Reims 3
Split 3
Trogir 3
Campeche 2.5
Champagne 2.5
Genoa 2.5
Lyon 2.5
Morelia 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Vézelay 2.5
Corfu 2
Hiraizumi 1.5
Ljubljana 1.5
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  4. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  5. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  6. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  7. Central Park (T)
  8. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  9. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  10. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  11. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  12. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  13. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  14. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  15. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  16. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  17. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  18. Ellis Island (T)
  19. Flow Country (T)
  20. Fortress Town of Palmanova (T)
  21. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  22. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  23. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  24. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  25. Île de Djerba (T)
  26. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  27. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  28. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  29. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  30. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  31. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  32. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  33. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  34. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  35. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  36. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  37. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  38. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  39. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  40. Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof (T)
  41. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  42. Orvieto (T)
  43. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  44. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  45. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
  46. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  47. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  48. Sites of Globalization (T)
  49. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  50. The city of Bergamo (T)
  51. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  52. 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)
  53. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  54. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  55. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  56. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  3. Divided Cities along the German Border
  4. Ephesus
  5. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  6. Minoan palaces of Crete
  7. Neuschwanstein Castle
  8. Panama Canal
  9. Scrovegni's Chapel
  10. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  11. Speicherstadt and Chilehaus with Kontorhaus District
  12. Suez Canal
  13. Transiberian Railway
  14. Ur

Top 200 WHS

  1. Moenjodaro
  2. Angkor
  3. Vézère Valley
  4. Altamira Cave
  5. Iguacu
  6. Plitvice Lakes
  7. Lake Baikal
  8. Victoria Falls
  9. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  10. Neolithic Orkney
  11. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  12. Nasca Lines
  13. Çatalhöyük
  14. Stonehenge
  15. Chavin
  16. Palenque
  17. Cahokia Mounds
  18. Chichen-Itza
  19. Caral-Supe
  20. Tikal National Park
  21. Teotihuacan
  22. Mesa Verde
  23. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  24. Bordeaux
  25. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  26. St. Petersburg
  27. Florence
  28. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  29. Villa d'Este
  30. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  31. Atapuerca
  32. Würzburg Residence
  33. Fontainebleau
  34. El Escurial
  35. Wartburg Castle
  36. Blenheim Palace
  37. Potsdam
  38. Versailles
  39. Imperial Palace
  40. Rapa Nui
  41. Petra
  42. Wulingyuan
  43. Great Himalayan National Park
  44. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  45. Machu Picchu
  46. Las Medulas
  47. Red Fort
  48. Kronborg Castle
  49. Tower of London
  50. Dutch Water Defence Lines
  51. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  52. Malbork Castle
  53. Castel del Monte
  54. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  55. Bahla Fort
  56. Great Wall
  57. Himeji-jo
  58. Crac des Chevaliers
  59. Agra Fort
  60. Strasbourg
  61. Avignon
  62. Old City of Berne
  63. Seville
  64. Bamberg
  65. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  66. Santiago de Compostela
  67. Rhodes
  68. Vienna
  69. Dubrovnik
  70. Granada
  71. Siena
  72. Maritime Greenwich
  73. Great Barrier Reef
  74. West Norwegian Fjords
  75. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  76. Tsingy de Bemaraha
  77. Ha Long Bay
  78. South China Karst
  79. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  80. Nikko
  81. Chola Temples
  82. Tasmanian Wilderness
  83. Redwood
  84. Serengeti
  85. Yellowstone
  86. Galapagos Islands
  87. Ancient Nara
  88. Ancient Kyoto
  89. Crespi d'Adda
  90. New Lanark
  91. Grand Canyon
  92. Nubian Monuments
  93. Ancient Thebes
  94. University of Coimbra
  95. Salamanca
  96. Monticello
  97. Jantar Mantar
  98. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  99. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  100. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  101. Loire Valley
  102. Costiera Amalfitana
  103. Persian Garden
  104. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  105. Puebla
  106. Meroe
  107. Kremlin and Red Square
  108. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  109. Maulbronn Monastery
  110. Reims
  111. Amiens Cathedral
  112. Speyer Cathedral
  113. Assisi
  114. Belem
  115. Chartres Cathedral
  116. Flemish Béguinages
  117. Mount Athos
  118. Westminster
  119. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  120. Mont-Saint-Michel
  121. Saint Catherine Area
  122. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  123. Vatican City
  124. Meteora
  125. Ravenna
  126. Aachen Cathedral
  127. Göreme NP
  128. Imperial Tombs
  129. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  130. Etruscan Necropolises
  131. Taj Mahal
  132. Pyramids (Memphis)
  133. Horyu-ji Area
  134. Sanchi
  135. Mount Wutai
  136. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  137. Potala Palace
  138. Dazu Rock Carvings
  139. Ajanta Caves
  140. Itchan Kala
  141. Bukhara
  142. Samarkand
  143. Damascus
  144. Arles
  145. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  146. Pont du Gard
  147. Trier
  148. Leptis Magna
  149. Pompei
  150. Ephesus
  151. Epidaurus
  152. Troy
  153. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  154. Acropolis
  155. Mycenae and Tiryns
  156. Olympia
  157. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  158. Alto Douro
  159. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  160. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  161. Djenné
  162. Aksum
  163. Fatehpur Sikri
  164. Silk Roads
  165. Qhapaq Ñan
  166. Grand Canal
  167. Canal du Midi
  168. Venice and its Lagoon
  169. Istanbul
  170. Rome
  171. Old City of Jerusalem
  172. Sana'a
  173. Prague
  174. City of Bath
  175. Edinburgh
  176. Verona
  177. Split
  178. Shibam
  179. Giant's Causeway