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Valparaiso

Jay T USA - 05-Aug-20

Valparaiso

The Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso has seen better days, and now seems just an echo reminding visitors of its heady history as an important stop for seafarers en route to and from Cape Horn. The early 20th century was cruel to the city. First, in 1906, a massive earthquake destroyed large parts of the city (it was a cruel year for cities on the Ring of Fire in the Americas; San Francisco, California, had been destroyed four months earlier). Valparaiso rebounded and rebuilt, ready to welcome back visitors, only to be bypassed in trade by the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. After visiting Valparaiso, I can't help but picture it as a suitable setting for Charles Dicken's Miss Havisham.

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Stoclet House

Jay T USA - 22-Jul-20

Stoclet House

I'm rather torn on Stoclet House in Brussels, Belgium. As far as visiting experience goes, I would give it a .5 for its lack of accessibility. But should World Heritage Sites be judged solely by accessibility? Another World Heritage Site in Brussels, the Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta only has the interior of one of its four sites regularly available to visitors, while natural sites, such as Surtsey or the Rio Abiseo National Park, also prohibit tourism. There are even World Heritage Sites that prohibit access based on gender, such as Mount Athos and Okinoshima Island. Some sites that limit tourism compensate with museums or replicas, such as the case of the Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc

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Rhodes

Jay T USA - 15-Jul-20

Rhodes

It's the height of summer, and Coronavirus is severely limiting my travel options, so I figured I might as well skip to a review of a site I visited last fall that many in Europe will have the opportunity to see at the 2020 World Heritage Meetup in September: The Medieval City of Rhodes.

Before my visit, I was aware of a couple facets of Rhodian history. First, this was the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the World -- the Colossus of Rhodes

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Archaeological Site of Delphi

Jay T USA - 01-Jul-20

Archaeological Site of Delphi

Perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, northwest of Athens, the Archaeological Site of Delphi is one of the highlights of a trip to Greece. I visited Delphi on a personal day tour from Athens in November 2019, an off-season excursion that allowed my friend and I to wander through the site with few other visitors beyond a French class meandering up the mount.

Delphi is a showcase of Greecian history. The site I was most pleased to see was the Temple of Apollo, home to Pythia, the famed Oracle of Delphi. The foundation and a smattering of columns from one side of the temple remain halfway up the slope, although the abundance of fresh air makes it unlikely that any vapors from the subterranean chasm will lead to prophecies today. In a similar vein, the Sibyl rock, upon which another oracle expounded, remains a little further down the hill. Just next door is the incredible reconstructed Treasury of Athens, a gift from the city-state to thank Apollo for their victory over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. Further up the hill is a theater with a spectacular view over the valley of Phocis, and a path to the sacred Castalian spring

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Villa d'Este

Jay T USA - 24-Jun-20

Villa d

There is no doubt that Villa d'Este is a beautiful site, a fine house with gardens sloping down a hillside overlooking the Italian countryside. The town of Tivoli itself, surrounding the villa, is rather spectacularly set in the Sabine Hills east of Rome, overlooking the falls of the Aniene River. It is quite easy to see why this area was favored as a retreat by church and state in Rome -- it feels a world away from the eternal city.I visited Villa d'Este in November last year. Perhaps autumn is an off season, but I had to adjust my hopes for this site when I arrived at the ticket office and learned that none of the fountains would be running, as they were under repair. For me, this was a bit like my first visit to Versailles, a weekday with no grand fountains on display

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Update 07.03.20
Rating Stats
Iguacu 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Uluru 5
Acropolis 4.5
Nikko 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Toledo 4.5
Valletta 4.5
Wadi Rum 4.5
Brugge 4
Quito 4
Rhodes 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Vienna 4
Ibiza 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Split 3.5
Vicenza 3.5
Al Ain 3
Belem 3
Naples 3
Kotor 2.5
Lima 2.5
Evora 2
  1. Valparaiso
  2. Stoclet House
  3. Rhodes
  4. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  5. Villa d'Este
  6. Tower of Hercules
  7. Segovia
  8. Rapa Nui
  9. Olympic National Park
  10. Machu Picchu
  11. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  12. Etruscan Necropolises
  13. Carlsbad Caverns
  14. Bamberg
  15. Würzburg Residence
  16. Valletta
  17. St. Petersburg
  18. Roman Walls of Lugo
  19. Popocatepetl monasteries
  20. Mount Etna
  21. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  22. Gulf of Porto
  23. El Escurial
  24. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  25. Aranjuez
  26. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  27. Toledo
  28. Santiago de Compostela
  29. Potsdam
  30. Neolithic Orkney
  31. Lima
  32. Gwynedd Castles
  33. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  34. Burgos Cathedral
  35. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  36. Vizcaya Bridge
  37. Statue of Liberty
  38. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  39. Pompei
  40. Las Medulas
  41. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  42. Flemish Béguinages
  43. Camino Real
  44. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  45. Speyer Cathedral
  46. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  47. Lake Baikal
  48. Gros Morne National Park
  49. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  50. Brugge
  51. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  52. Thingvellir
  53. Huascaran National Park
  54. Poverty Point
  55. Pitons Management Area
  56. Mesa Verde
  57. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  58. Grand Place, Brussels
  59. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  60. Belfries
  61. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  62. Split
  63. Quito
  64. Greater Blue Mountains
  65. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  66. Vicenza
  67. Skocjan Caves
  68. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  69. La Fortaleza
  70. Grand Pré
  71. Botanical Garden, Padua
  72. White City of Tel-Aviv
  73. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  74. San Antonio Missions
  75. Olympia
  76. Kotor
  77. Great Smoky Mountains
  78. Colonia del Sacramento
  79. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  80. Venetian Works of Defence
  81. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  82. Petra
  83. Kinderdijk
  84. Galapagos Islands
  85. Budapest
  86. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  87. Sangay National Park
  88. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  89. Kremlin and Red Square
  90. Great Barrier Reef
  91. Brú na Bóinne
  92. Westminster
  93. Sintra
  94. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  95. Kew Gardens
  96. Göreme NP
  97. Blenheim Palace
  98. Wadi Rum
  99. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  100. Old City of Jerusalem
  101. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  102. Giant's Causeway
  103. Biblical Tells
  104. Vienna
  105. Schönbrunn
  106. Morne Trois Pitons
  107. Ironbridge Gorge
  108. Fortifications of Vauban
  109. Belem
  110. Versailles
  111. Siena
  112. Old Town Lunenburg
  113. L'Anse aux Meadows
  114. Forth Bridge
  115. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  116. Venice and its Lagoon
  117. San Marino and Mount Titano
  118. Nubian Monuments
  119. Independence Hall
  120. Florence
  121. Ayutthaya
  122. Vatican City
  123. Salzburg
  124. Novodevichy Convent
  125. Iguazu National Park
  126. Evora
  127. Ancient Thebes
  128. Um er-Rasas
  129. Rome
  130. New Lanark
  131. Iguacu
  132. Everglades
  133. Australian Convict Sites
  134. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  135. Royal Exhibition Building
  136. Nikko
  137. Istanbul
  138. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  139. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  140. Uluru
  141. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  142. Naples
  143. Ibiza
  144. Edinburgh
  145. Al Ain
  146. Turaif Quarter
  147. Rideau Canal
  148. Ephesus
  149. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  150. Historic Cairo
  151. Acropolis
  152. Tower of London
  153. Quseir Amra
  154. Mont-Saint-Michel
  155. Hawaii Volcanoes
  156. Costiera Amalfitana
  157. Yosemite National Park
  158. Tongariro National Park
  159. Québec
  160. Monticello
  161. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  162. Defence Line of Amsterdam
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  2. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  3. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  4. Bet She'an (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  7. Caesarea (T)
  8. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  11. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  12. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (T)
  13. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  14. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  15. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  16. Ellis Island (T)
  17. Flow Country (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  19. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  20. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  21. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  22. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  23. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  24. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  25. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  26. Khor Dubai (T)
  27. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  28. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  29. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  30. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  31. Mount Vernon (T)
  32. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  33. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  34. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  35. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  36. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  37. Rade de Marseille (T)
  38. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  39. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  40. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  41. Seoul City Wall (T)
  42. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  43. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  44. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  45. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  46. Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (T)
  47. St. George Fortified System (T)
  48. St. George Historic District (T)
  49. The Burren (T)
  50. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  51. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  52. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  53. The Ribeira Sacra, Lugo and Orense (T)
  54. The Royal Sites of Ireland (T)
  55. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  56. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  57. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  58. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  59. Waitangi Treaty Grounds historic precinct (T)
  60. White Sands National Monument (T)

Reviewed TWHS

Top 200 WHS

  1. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  2. Koutammakou
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Alto Douro
  5. Olympia
  6. Acropolis
  7. Ephesus
  8. Pompei
  9. Baalbek
  10. Leptis Magna
  11. Syracuse
  12. Aleppo
  13. Medina of Marrakesh
  14. Medina of Fez
  15. Samarkand
  16. Hué
  17. Potala Palace
  18. Borobudur
  19. Bamiyan Valley
  20. Taj Mahal
  21. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  22. Aachen Cathedral
  23. Lalibela
  24. Meteora
  25. Vatican City
  26. Saint Catherine Area
  27. Mont-Saint-Michel
  28. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  29. Qadisha Valley
  30. Chartres Cathedral
  31. Luther Memorials
  32. Abbey of St Gall
  33. Westminster
  34. Sydney Opera House
  35. Kremlin and Red Square
  36. Kinderdijk
  37. Cliff of Bandiagara
  38. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  39. Meroe
  40. Ouro Preto
  41. Québec
  42. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  43. Santo Domingo
  44. Old Havana
  45. Coffee Cultural Landscape
  46. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  47. Tequila
  48. Costiera Amalfitana
  49. Loire Valley
  50. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  51. Rio de Janeiro
  52. Grand Pré
  53. Air and Téneré
  54. El Pinacate
  55. Wadi Rum
  56. Namib Sand Sea
  57. Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
  58. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  59. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  60. Pyramids (Memphis)
  61. Nubian Monuments
  62. Göreme NP
  63. Grand Canyon
  64. Uluru
  65. Ironbridge Gorge
  66. Ancient Kyoto
  67. Gyeongju
  68. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  69. Virunga National Park
  70. Galapagos Islands
  71. Banc d'Arguin
  72. Ngorongoro
  73. Serengeti
  74. Keoladeo National Park
  75. Cape Floral Region
  76. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  77. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  78. Dja Faunal Reserve
  79. Glacier parks
  80. Yosemite National Park
  81. Los Glaciares
  82. Laponian Area
  83. Gros Morne National Park
  84. Chola Temples
  85. Fujisan
  86. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  87. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  88. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  89. South China Karst
  90. Gunung Mulu
  91. Ha Long Bay
  92. Skocjan Caves
  93. Carlsbad Caverns
  94. Cuzco
  95. West Norwegian Fjords
  96. Gulf of California
  97. Te Wahipounamu
  98. Great Barrier Reef
  99. Socotra Archipelago
  100. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  101. Maritime Greenwich
  102. Valparaiso
  103. Granada
  104. Cracow
  105. Brugge
  106. Seville
  107. Strasbourg
  108. Auschwitz Birkenau
  109. Genbaku Dome
  110. Statue of Liberty
  111. Bikini Atoll
  112. Independence Hall
  113. Gwynedd Castles
  114. Himeji-jo
  115. Great Wall
  116. Masada
  117. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  118. Red Fort
  119. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  120. Potosi
  121. Guanajuato
  122. Sewell Mining Town
  123. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  124. Sagarmatha National Park
  125. Kilimanjaro National Park
  126. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  127. Western Ghats
  128. Huascaran National Park
  129. Samarra
  130. Persepolis
  131. Petra
  132. Al Ain
  133. Rapa Nui
  134. Imperial Palace
  135. Versailles
  136. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  137. Wartburg Castle
  138. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  139. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  140. Potsdam
  141. Site of Carthage
  142. Tyre
  143. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  144. Florence
  145. St. Petersburg
  146. Dubrovnik
  147. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  148. Budapest
  149. Vienna
  150. Valletta
  151. SGang Gwaay
  152. Mesa Verde
  153. Machu Picchu
  154. Chan Chan
  155. Teotihuacan
  156. Tikal National Park
  157. Chichen-Itza
  158. Cahokia Mounds
  159. Stonehenge
  160. Nasca Lines
  161. Tasmanian Wilderness
  162. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  163. Kenya Lake System
  164. Pantanal
  165. Victoria Falls
  166. Lake Baikal
  167. Okavango Delta
  168. Iguazu National Park
  169. Plitvice Lakes
  170. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
  171. Everglades
  172. Angkor
  173. Ayutthaya
  174. Silk Roads
  175. Qhapaq Ñan
  176. Island of Gorée
  177. Venice and its Lagoon
  178. Istanbul
  179. Rome
  180. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  181. Damascus
  182. Old City of Jerusalem
  183. Prague
  184. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  185. Edinburgh
  186. Salzburg
  187. Old City of Acre
  188. Walled City of Baku
  189. Cordoba
  190. Shibam
  191. Brasilia
  192. Thingvellir
  193. L'Anse aux Meadows
  194. Isole Eolie
  195. Hawaii Volcanoes
  196. Yellowstone
  197. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  198. Giant's Causeway
  199. Tongariro National Park
  200. Pitons Management Area