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Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 10-Feb-19

Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril

There are three most sacred places for Russian/Eastern European Orthodox Christians to visit: Sergiev-Possad Lavra, Mt. Athos an Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, lavra being the highest in the hierarchy of the Orthodox monasteries. We visited this one on our road trip from Slovakia through Hungary and Romania to Ukraine, to see Chernobyl and some other sites in 2012 - the early stages of our WHS travels where we basically looked at what was around and visited that. We saw the lavra with my classmate from Oxford, Kirill, very religious person, so that added another layer to the whole experience. 

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Vlkolinec

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 28-Nov-18

Vlkolinec

According to everything we've been taught at school, Vlkolinec is a gem and a true beauty of Slovak rural architecture. One of the places you have to see, one of the treasures of our cultural heritage. As you can probably guess from my star rating, I don't share the enthusiasm. Sure, the village is nice, it has been inhabited for a very long time and the architecture, though a bit bland is truly typical of what you will find on other Slovak villages. A tiny museum, a gift shop cum small gallery, walk up and down, you can reach some hiking trails from the top of the village. Or arrive by car from Ruzomberok, there's a parking spot by the village and a short hike couple of hundred metres

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Aggtelek and Slovak Karst

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 28-Nov-18

Aggtelek and Slovak Karst

To me, the caves of Aggtelek and Slovak Karst are the best WHS we have and I'm very proud of it. Depends of course on the cave you visit, but if you had been born, let's say in Eastern Slovakia, you would have visited most of them by the time you've finished your compulsory school attendance. Summer is the best time to visit, when there's a season. Most of the caves are closed off for winter, one or two are open. I would recommend visiting the Domica cave, either from Slovak or Hungarian part. Hungarians have it opened all year round and are much more accomodating than my compatriots are, I am sad to say. There's an underground river you can ride and you will cross border and the interior decorations are pretty. Another stunner is Dobsinska ice cave

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Byblos

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 27-Nov-18

Byblos

Byblos is one of the towns that, along with likes of Jericho, Damascus, Plovdiv and Athens claim to be the oldest continously inhabited cities of the world. As far as Lebanon goes, it's the easiest one to visit, a chilled under-an-hour drive up north from Beirut. Well, as long as you won't get stuck in traffic jams, that are especially painful in the evenings (we enjoyed them on our way back). The town is very touristy and milking its potential to the last drop. There's a free parking spot that's well signposted, or, if you fancy yourself very lazy, you can make use of the vallet parking right by the entrance, we spent about 3 euros on that.

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Baalbek

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 27-Nov-18

Baalbek

Save it for the last if you can, because not only is Baalbek the most stunning WHS of Lebanon, but even after couple of hundred sites visited, many many Roman ruins included, it still blew our minds and exceeded all our expectations. Just wow. 

Baalbek site, located inside Baalbek, the administrative centre of the Bekaa valley and one of the places you wlll be advised against travelling to in Lebanon, contains spectacular ruins of Roman temples of Bacchus, temple of Jupiter and temple of Venus. They were built on a magnificent scale, 23 metres high, with columns 2.2 metres in diameter. The sheer scale of everything is mind-blowing. I enjoyed climbing on top of one of the large Corinthian-style column head. Another awesome thing, you can walk around, climb wherever you want, without some nasty local guard whistling at you to shoo away (greetings to Delphi). There are two museums on-site: one in the medieval tower and another in an underground tunnel on your way back

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Martina Ruckova
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Slovakia
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Historic City of Rome
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Oxford

Recently Visited WHS

Update 19.05.19
Rating Stats
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Granada 4.5
Hampi 4.5
Prague 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Belem 4
Brugge 4
Cracow 4
Naples 4
Oporto 4
Paphos 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Toledo 4
Visby 4
Anjar 3.5
Assisi 3.5
Avila 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Bisotun 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Burgundy 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Delos 3.5
El Tajin 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Kotor 3.5
Le Morne 3.5
Lyon 3.5
Lübeck 3.5
Masada 3.5
Mostar 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Pienza 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Puebla 3.5
Reims 3.5
Rhodes 3.5
Riga 3.5
Shushtar 3.5
Split 3.5
Tequila 3.5
Torun 3.5
Trier 3.5
Trogir 3.5
Troy 3.5
Verona 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Warsaw 3.5
Zacatecas 3.5
Arles 3
Bolgar 3
Byblos 3
Corvey 3
Elvas 3
Genoa 3
Kiev 3
L'viv 3
Nancy 3
Qalhat 3
Røros 3
Telc 3
Tyre 3
Urbino 3
Yazd 3
Zamosc 3
Al Ain 2.5
Evora 2.5
Graz 2.5
Ibiza 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Kandy 2.5
Kernavë 2.5
Liverpool 2.5
Maymand 2.5
Modena 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Tamgaly 2.5
Vlkolinec 2.5
Corfu 2
Nisa 2
Sarazm 2
Susa 2
Trebic 2
Battir 1.5
Schokland 1.5
  1. Alisadr Cave (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  4. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  5. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  6. Bashkir Ural (T)
  7. Bet She'an (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. Caesarea (T)
  10. Central Park (T)
  11. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  12. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  13. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  14. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  15. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  16. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  17. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  18. Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)
  19. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  20. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  21. Eglises romanes d'Andorre (T)
  22. Ensemble historique de Santa Coloma (T)
  23. Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin (T)
  24. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  25. Fann mountains (T)
  26. Firuzabad Ensemble (T)
  27. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  28. Fungal Flora of Bukovské Hills (T)
  29. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  30. Gemer and Abov churches with the medieval mural paintings (T)
  31. Great Pskov (T)
  32. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  33. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  34. Hegmataneh (T)
  35. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  36. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  37. Jerusalem (T)
  38. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  39. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  40. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  41. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  42. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  43. Krasnoyarsk Stolby (T)
  44. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  45. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  46. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  47. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  48. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  49. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  50. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  51. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  52. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  53. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  54. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  55. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  56. Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" (T)
  57. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  58. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  59. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  60. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  61. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  62. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  63. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  64. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  65. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  66. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  67. Orvieto (T)
  68. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  69. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  70. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  71. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  72. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  73. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  74. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  75. Shush (T)
  76. Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan (T)
  77. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  78. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  79. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  80. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  81. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  82. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  83. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  84. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  85. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  86. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  87. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  88. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  89. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  90. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  91. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  92. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  93. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  94. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  95. Virgin Komi Forests (re-nomination) (T)
  96. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  97. Western Caucasus (re-nomination) (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Chernobyl
  2. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  3. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  4. Divided Cities along the German Border
  5. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Minoan palaces of Crete
  8. Modern Legacy of Vienna
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Olympic Park in Munich
  11. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  12. Transiberian Railway