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Putorana Plateau

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 17-Aug-21

Putorana Plateau

Two unvisited WHSs in Russia remained for us: Wrangel Island and Putorana Plateau. The former is still off as far as what we're willing to spend, the latter was doable, though also not cheap, but a plan in our pipeline for a very long time. And since this year is supposed to be our final in Russia and given the extremely short window of when it is actually possible to visit as the season lasts about ten weeks of fleeting mild temperatures in summer, we started planning early.

And by we, I mean Ivan, who had a look around all Russian travel agencies and all of their tours. Putorana has started to become very popular amongst tourists and the demand surpasses offer, which doesn't make it the cheapest tour option out there, but on the other hand, you have several options: a boat tour from Svetlogorsk (so you can avoid having to get a permission from FSB to enter Norilsk), or a trip to any of the tour bases on the Lake Lama (transfer via hovercraft from Norilsk). Most of the commercial tours take place inside the buffer zone and you will most probably fly over the actual core zone area if you take the helicopter ride. We did and managed to do so

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Testament of Kenozero Lake (T)

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 20-Jul-21

Testament of Kenozero Lake (T)

Kenozero National Park was the second tentative site we visited on our weekend stint via night train (for logistic details, have a look at my Lake Onega Petroglyphs review). As an alternative, one can travel to Nyandoma, a regional centre on a train line to Arkhangelsk. From there a transport has to be arranged to Kargopol and one of the local tourist hubs in the National Park - Morschikinskaya on Lake Lyokshmozero, which forms the southern sector of the national park, or to Pershlakta, which is the main entrance point to the northern sector.

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Petroglyphs of the Lake Onega and the White Sea

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 19-Jul-21

Petroglyphs of the Lake Onega and the White Sea

After ticking off most WHSs in Russia, Ivan and I are trying to visit the most of the tentative sites that seem to be in for a subscription. And especially those more remote ones, so we don't have to return there once we'll leave Russia for good. So we did one of our weekend trips by night train and rode to Petrozavodsk to visit the petroglyphs of Lake Onega and Kenozero National Park.

As far as this site is concerned, it can be done as a round trip whilst visiting Solovetsky islands and Kizhi pogost

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Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 07-Mar-21

Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture

Ivan and I have visited Pskov and seen some of its churches many years ago, before it was inscribed - with Ivan's Dad. We made this town on the Estonian borders an overnight stop when taking the car through the borders and back due to customs reasons. It was a lovely summer afternoon and evening, which added to the beauty and pleasure of the experience.

Since we haven’t been anywhere via an overnight train, one of our favourite modes of travel in Russia, in a long time, we decided to make a weekend trip out of revisiting [...]

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Landscapes of Dauria

Martina Ruckova Slovakia - 13-Sep-20

Landscapes of Dauria

Searching high and low for unvisited WHSs in Russia, we followed a visit to Sikhote-Alin to a visit to Dauria on the Russian side. From what we understood, the most interesting aspect of the site are lakes that dry out and then refill with water in 30 year cycles. Those attract many interesting species of birds and the stepe is a wonderful place to look for all kinds of fauna and flora. However, as for the lakes, that's a visit to be planned well in advance - they are located in the border zone and you have to file an entry permit with Russian FSB - not a problem, but it takes 60 days to be issued. We did not have luxury of such time advance as we planned a trip something like three weeks before we departed

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Martina Ruckova
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Slovakia
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Historic City of Rome
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Oxford
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Granada 4.5
Hampi 4.5
Matera 4.5
Prague 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Belem 4
Brugge 4
Cracow 4
Hoi An 4
Hué 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
Nice 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
Vat Phou 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
Kyiv 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
Ivrea 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Kandy 2.5
Kernavë 2.5
Maymand 2.5
Modena 2.5
My Son 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Tanbaly 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. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  4. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  5. Bashkir Ural (T)
  6. Bet She'an (T)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  8. Caesarea (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  11. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  12. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  13. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  14. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  15. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  16. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  17. Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)
  18. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  19. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  20. Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin (T)
  21. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  22. Fann mountains (T)
  23. Firuzabad Ensemble (T)
  24. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  25. Fortifications in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  26. Fortress Town of Palmanova (T)
  27. Fungal Flora of Bukovské Hills (T)
  28. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  29. Gemer and Abov churches with the medieval mural paintings (T)
  30. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  31. Hegmataneh (T)
  32. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  33. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  34. Jerusalem (T)
  35. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  36. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  37. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  38. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  39. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  40. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  41. Krasnoyarsk Stolby (T)
  42. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  43. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  44. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  45. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  46. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  47. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  48. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  49. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  50. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  51. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  52. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  53. Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" (T)
  54. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  55. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  56. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  57. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  58. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  59. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  60. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  61. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  62. Orvieto (T)
  63. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  64. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  65. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  66. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  67. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  68. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  69. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  70. Shush (T)
  71. Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan (T)
  72. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  73. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  74. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  75. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  76. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  77. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  78. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  79. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  80. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  81. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  82. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  83. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  84. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  85. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  86. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  87. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  88. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  89. Virgin Komi Forests (re-nomination) (T)
  90. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  91. 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