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Vizcaya Bridge

Jay T USA - 03-Jul-19

Vizcaya Bridge

Bilbao has much to be proud of with its renovated downtown, full of modern architecture designed by the likes of Frank Gehry, Arata Isozaki, Santiago Calatrava, and Norman Foster; however, it is a work of architecture from the late 19th century that has given Bilbao its only World Heritage Site. I didn't meet many tourists in Bilbao who knew of the Vizcaya Bridge, although it is understandable since the bridge is located north of downtown, at the mouth of the Nervion River. In 1893, Spanish architect Alberto Palacio, with his brother Silvestre, completed this remarkable bridge, using an iron superstructure to move a hanging platform between the settlements of Getxo and Portugalete, replacing the ferries that previously carried workers and residents across the river

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Statue of Liberty

Jay T USA - 26-Jun-19

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable World Heritage Sites in the world, and the only World Heritage Site I have ever seen someone emulate in costume (whether in Times Square or on US street corners in spring hawking tax preparation services). I've often seen the statue in New York harbor passing by or through New York City, but the only time I visited the statue was on Leap Day 2008. It's hard to appreciate the size of the statue until actually visiting Liberty Island and walking around the base. I didn't have tickets to climb the statue, but I did get a ticket for the pedestal and the museum inside, which I enjoyed (the old museum has since been replaced by a new one that opened in May this year)

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Route of Santiago de Compostela

Jay T USA - 19-Jun-19

Route of Santiago de Compostela

One of my more indelible travel memories is of watching a truckload of pilgrims departing for the Hajj, joyfully singing and cheering as they left Luxor, Egypt, in October 2012. I thought about those pilgrims embarking on a pilgrimage as I hiked along some of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Spain last month, and wondered whether the pilgrims starting off on the Camino felt similar joy as they started their journeys. The routes were great places for reflection and for enjoying the varied nature of the north of Spain. Although I traveled with a tour group, there was ample time to appreciate the trails in relative solitude, and even as we neared Santiago and more pilgrims appeared on the trails, it was still not terribly crowded in late May

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Pompei

Jay T USA - 12-Jun-19

Pompei

Pompei is an awesome site to visit if you want to see a relatively well-preserved Roman city from the 1st century AD. That said, a visit can also be sobering, as you may also run into casts of the victims of the eruption of neighboring Vesuvius in 79 A.D. I visited Pompei as part of a tour from Naples in the spring of 2013, and had a few hours to wander the ruins. There were finely paved streets still intact, and an amphitheater for culture. On one street you can find ovens from a kitchen on display, while on another you can find surviving artwork on the walls of a brothel. Private residences and temples and bathhouses lie partially in ruins, but enough remains to get a good feeling of what life must have been like in this city

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Las Medulas

Jay T USA - 05-Jun-19

Las Medulas

"There's gold in them thar hills", and that's exactly what brought Rome to Las Médulas in northwest Spain. The UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription is what brought me to Las Médulas some 19 centuries later, and I'm glad I made the visit, since it helped provide context to the Roman presence still visible in ruins throughout neighboring Galicia. Las Médulas was one of the most important sources of gold for the Roman empire, which used the gold in coins and jewelry. Unfortunately, the extraction came at a price to the landscape, as eroded red rocks are now ruggedly visible against the abundant vegetation in the valley below

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Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
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Badlands National Park: A North American Prairie

Recently Visited WHS

Update 08.07.19
Rating Stats
Iguacu 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Uluru 5
Acropolis 4.5
Nikko 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Wadi Rum 4.5
Brugge 4
Quito 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
Evora 2
  1. Vizcaya Bridge
  2. Statue of Liberty
  3. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  4. Pompei
  5. Las Medulas
  6. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  7. Flemish Béguinages
  8. Camino Real
  9. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  10. Speyer Cathedral
  11. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  12. Lake Baikal
  13. Gros Morne National Park
  14. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  15. Brugge
  16. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  17. Thingvellir
  18. Huascaran National Park
  19. Poverty Point
  20. Pitons Management Area
  21. Mesa Verde
  22. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  23. Grand Place, Brussels
  24. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  25. Belfries
  26. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  27. Split
  28. Quito
  29. Greater Blue Mountains
  30. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  31. Vicenza
  32. Skocjan Caves
  33. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  34. La Fortaleza
  35. Grand Pré
  36. Botanical Garden, Padua
  37. White City of Tel-Aviv
  38. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  39. San Antonio Missions
  40. Olympia
  41. Kotor
  42. Great Smoky Mountains
  43. Colonia del Sacramento
  44. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  45. Venetian Works of Defence
  46. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  47. Petra
  48. Kinderdijk
  49. Galapagos Islands
  50. Budapest
  51. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  52. Sangay National Park
  53. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  54. Kremlin and Red Square
  55. Great Barrier Reef
  56. Brú na Bóinne
  57. Westminster
  58. Sintra
  59. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  60. Kew Gardens
  61. Göreme NP
  62. Blenheim Palace
  63. Wadi Rum
  64. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  65. Old City of Jerusalem
  66. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  67. Giant's Causeway
  68. Biblical Tells
  69. Vienna
  70. Schönbrunn
  71. Morne Trois Pitons
  72. Ironbridge Gorge
  73. Fortifications of Vauban
  74. Belem
  75. Versailles
  76. Siena
  77. Old Town Lunenburg
  78. L'Anse aux Meadows
  79. Forth Bridge
  80. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  81. Venice and its Lagoon
  82. San Marino and Mount Titano
  83. Nubian Monuments
  84. Independence Hall
  85. Florence
  86. Ayutthaya
  87. Vatican City
  88. Salzburg
  89. Novodevichy Convent
  90. Iguazu National Park
  91. Evora
  92. Ancient Thebes
  93. Um er-Rasas
  94. Rome
  95. New Lanark
  96. Iguacu
  97. Everglades
  98. Australian Convict Sites
  99. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  100. Royal Exhibition Building
  101. Nikko
  102. Istanbul
  103. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  104. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  105. Uluru
  106. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  107. Naples
  108. Ibiza
  109. Edinburgh
  110. Al Ain
  111. Turaif Quarter
  112. Rideau Canal
  113. Ephesus
  114. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  115. Historic Cairo
  116. Acropolis
  117. Tower of London
  118. Quseir Amra
  119. Mont-Saint-Michel
  120. Hawaii Volcanoes
  121. Costiera Amalfitana
  122. Yosemite National Park
  123. Tongariro National Park
  124. Québec
  125. Monticello
  126. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  127. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  1. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  2. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  3. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  4. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  5. Bet She'an (T)
  6. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  7. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  8. Caesarea (T)
  9. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  10. Central Park (T)
  11. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  12. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  13. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  14. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  15. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  16. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  17. Ellis Island (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  19. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  20. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  21. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  22. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  23. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  24. Khor Dubai (T)
  25. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  26. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  27. Mount Vernon (T)
  28. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  29. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  30. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  31. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  32. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  33. Rade de Marseille (T)
  34. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  35. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  36. Seoul City Wall (T)
  37. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  38. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  39. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  40. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  41. Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (T)
  42. St. George Fortified System (T)
  43. St. George Historic District (T)
  44. The Burren (T)
  45. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  46. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  47. The Ribeira Sacra, Lugo and Orense (T)
  48. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  49. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  50. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  51. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  52. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  53. Waitangi Treaty Grounds historic precinct (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