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Holasovice

Yuri Samozvanov Canada - 27-Apr-19

Holasovice

UNique – 6/10

In the fields of South Bohemia, not too far away from either České Budějovice or Česky Krumlov, lies a small village of Holašovice. With the population of around 140 residents and the area consisting of just a few dozen houses grouped around a village square, you would be well within your right to ask why it deserves a World Heritage Site designation. That is until you visit it. The village is incredibly charming due to its unified Baroque frontage that it presents to the visitor. The two-storey houses lining the village square have white or beige painted walls with the outlines of each house painted in bright yellow, orange or brown colours. It is unusual to see a rural architectural style as well-preserved as it is in Holašovice.

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Petra

Yuri Samozvanov Canada - 19-Apr-19

Petra

UNique - 8/10

Nestled in the valley of Wadi Musa, protected by the narrow gorges and high vantage points, is Petra, the capital city of the ancient Nabatean kingdom. The kingdom was at the height of its political and economic significance and prosperity from the 4th century BC and until the Roman conquest in 2nd century AD. Romans continued construction in the city by expanding the amphitheater and adding tombs and temples. Using the sandstone of the valley, the inhabitants of Petra carved out their buildings directly out of the mountains. Due to the unique colour of the rock, the ancient city appears to glow ablaze in the setting sun.

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Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

Yuri Samozvanov Canada - 14-Aug-18

UNique – 6/10

The monumental statue of Hercules built on top of the tallest hill in Wilhelmshöhe Park dominates the surrounding city of Kassel. At the height of over 520 meters above the sea level, the statue can be seen from many viewpoints throughout Kassel and provides a natural culmination to the numerous natural and architectural features of the large hillside park below it. The local rulers, the Landgraves of Hesse, designed and constructed the park over the course of 150 years, with waterfalls, fountains and lakes added to the complex. As a result, a charming artificial water wonderland had developed in a capricious attempt to occasionally follow the strict rules of the English gardens, while striving to blend in with the pre-existing natural surroundings.

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Alcala de Henares

Yuri Samozvanov Canada - 03-Aug-18

Alcala de Henares

UNique – 2/10

Sometimes, a UNESCO site collector has to make a difficult choice of seeing one site while missing others due to time pressure. Such was the case, as we were waking up in our hotel room in Madrid and brainstorming about which of the three sites to visit on our last day before flying out. We settled on Alcala de Henares, a town outside of Madrid, which prides itself on being the first planned university city in the world. Originally founded in the 16th century, the university’s urban planning aspired to approach the ideal of Civitas Dei (“the city of God”). Within a few centuries, Alcala grew to become one of the most significant universities in Europe.

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Burgos Cathedral

Yuri Samozvanov Canada - 26-Jul-18

Burgos Cathedral

UNique – 5/10

The impressive 88-meter twin towers of the Burgos cathedral not only dominate the landscape of the town but also represent one of the most significant Gothic buildings on the Iberian peninsula. While from the outside, it appears similar to many other significant cathedrals, like Reims, it is the inside decoration that really makes it stand out. The numerous chapels are individually decorated with Spanish Renaissance and Baroque elements.

ESsential – 6/10

The full inside tour of the cathedral takes several hours. For many people, the highlight of the tour is the impressive Golden staircase at the north transept of the cathedral

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Update 27.04.19
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Petra 4
Sanchi 4
Telc 3.5
Belem 3
Oporto 3
Trebic 3
Sviyazhsk 2.5
Bolgar 2
Yaroslavl 1.5

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