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Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 03-May-19

Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)

July 2018 - on our Roadtrip we finally entered the Province Normandy. The first city we visited was Rouen. It consists of norrow streets and squares with romantic timber framed houses. We parked the car on the outside and took our bikes around. The cathedral is also marvelous. It is a very charming cit ynad we had dinner in a small french bistrom drinking cidre and eating some legumes. We also found giant macarons, that are the size of your hands. A wonderful experience, we will come back soon.

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Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)

Nan Germany - 10-May-19

Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)

On my way to Mdina I visited the St Paul's Catacombs. These date from Roman times and were used as burial grounds. The site covers several small and large caves and makes for a nice visit. Watch your head as the height of the caves varies greatly.

To me the most surprising feature was how many caves there were. The whole area is dotted with them. The Maltase have done a good job in making them accessible. It is useful, though, to bring a flash light as lighting is poor.

After a while, though, the caves got to be a bit repetitive. The caves look more or less the same and any form of artistic expression is missing.

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Canterbury

Clyde Malta - 13-May-19

Canterbury

I visited this WHS in May 2019. Even though I have visited my uncountable cathedrals and churches worldwide, I must say I enjoyed my visit to the Canterbury Cathedral and inscribed sites. Restoration works are currently in full swing covering most of the cathedral's exterior and the main nave inside, however the highlights of my visit inside the cathedral could be enjoyed easily, namely the cathedral choir (try to combine your visit when they are practicing), the colour frescoes in the Chapel of St Gabriel inside the crypt and the fan vaulted ceiling of the Bell Harry Tower (photo).

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Amiens Cathedral

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 03-May-19

Amiens Cathedral

July 2018 - Roadtrip to Normandy.

What a cathedral. In this trip we visited many cathedrals and cannot decide, which one was the most beautiful. But Amiens was the first french cathedral and definitely ranges on top. The whole city is strongly linked to grand guerre and artwork depicts old fotos of soldiers on the house walls. When we were there, the city was covered in umbrellas, also nice. After visiting Amiens there are many WW I tentative sites nearby to visit. We went first east to Albert, before going further West.

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Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)

Nan Germany - 10-May-19

Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)

Valletta offers natural harbors on both sides of the peninsula on which it is located. Each harbor is protected by massive fortifications and forts along its shores. The fortifications were continuously improved by the local rulers (first the Knights of Malta, then the British) and repelled many attackers over the centuries.

Most noticeably, they repelled the Ottomans during the Great Siege of Malta. The event marked the end of Ottoman naval supremacy in the Mediterranean.

OUV I fully concur with Ralf's assessment. This would be a obvious and well warranted extension to the Valletta WHS. Honestly, without researching the proper boundaries of the Valletta WHS, it feels like the surrounding forts are already part of it anyhow. A separate inscription meanwhile would be redundant. So yes for an extension. And no for a separate site

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Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)

Clyde Malta - 13-May-19

Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)

I visited this WHS in May 2019. It was a very convenient stopover from London en route to Canterbury. The entrance ticket is expensive but considering the Historic Dockyard's size and other industrial WHS already on the list it's quite reasonable. Parking is also included in the ticket and if you visit on a quiet morning like I did, most probably you'll be parking inside the 1848 No. 5 Covered Slip.

Even though I'm not an industrial heritage fan, I was pleasantly surprised with this tentative WHS. To a certain extent its OUV is justified and it might even fill in some maritime heritage gaps if inscribed

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Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 03-May-19

Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)

July/August 2018 - I learned quite intensively and detailed about the Grand Guerre. In German schools WW2 and the prior rise to power by the Nazis is extensively discussed, but without understanding the reasons and the effects of WW1 it doesnt really make sense.

With crossing of the border we arrived in the zone rouge

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Popocatepetl monasteries

Nan Germany - 09-May-19

Popocatepetl monasteries

Similarly to Els and Ian I ended up visiting both Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán. I say ended up as my original plan was to only visit Cuernavaca. Cuernavaca has the benefit that you are passing through the town in any case when travelling from Mexico City to Xochicalco by bus. So it's really quite a simple and quick visit.

However, Cuernavaca is underwhelming as a site. Of the inscribed monasteries, Cuernavaca is the one which was redone and remodeled the most over the centuries. So much so that little original 16th century constructions remain. The oldest part is the open chapel, the Capilla abierta. And frankly I barely noticed it.

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Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 09-May-19

Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l

Empúries, with the emphasis on plural S, are ancient ruins at the east coast of Catalonia, a good 2h away from the Barcelona and apparently getting plenty of French tourists. With the Dali museum in Figueres nearby it is not entirely off the beaten track but the smaller roads one has to take is exactly the reason why the towns fell into ruins so long ago. The Roman roads neglected the towns of Empuries and other port towns were favored over them.

I wasn't sure if I should bother with it either

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Fortifications of Vauban

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 02-May-19

Fortifications of Vauban

July 2018 - Arras was the first, and so far only, Vauban fortifiaction that we visited, actually we visited Lille as well. That one is no WHS though.

In Arras, there are some post WWII buildings that are destroying the authenticity. But the fort is quite amazing. Hope to see more of them in order to be able to judge.

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Kii Mountain Range

Nan Germany - 09-May-19

Kii Mountain Range

As a day trip from Nara I visited Yoshino to see the Kii Mountains. From the valley where the train station is located I took a cable car up the hill. I arrived in a tourist village with plenty of shops and restaurants. The village also contains Kinpusen-ji, an important temple of the region.

From the village I set out to hike along the pilgrim path into the Kii Mountains. On my way I crossed multiple temples and everything quieted down; there were not that many hikers, but that may have been caused by me visiting outside vacation season.

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Flemish Béguinages

Jay T USA - 08-May-19

Flemish Béguinages

One of the things I love about World Heritage Sites is how they can expose you to places, or in the case of the Flemish Béguinages, concepts, that I had not known before. History tends to be rather male-focused, and while I was aware women often had limited options in life in medieval times (with marriage or religious orders being some of the more common choices), I had never learned about the béguinages in northern Europe. These religious societies offered single women an option to live together in a community while retaining independence to come and go at will. When I visited the city of Bruges last August, I made sure to stop by the Begijnhof, tucked away in a quiet corner of the city

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Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)

Caspar Dechmann Switzerland - 08-May-19

Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)

I visited this town in May 2019 and found it attractive despite terribly bad weather: a mid size, completely intact medival old town. Of the three large churches St. Nicolaus is the most impressive also  with the two neighbouring chapels, the baroque St. Josef and the older St. Magdalena. The latter has nice frescoes and is the only not baroquified church in town. Hall’s OUV potential lies nonetheless  not in its homogenous historic center but in its mint which claims to be the first industrial mint worldwide and the first that coined the first silver coin that equaled in value the then common Gulden that was made of gold.  Gold had to be imported from far away and the rich silver mine in nearby Schwaz made big and highly pure silver coins possible

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Mujib Nature Reserve (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 08-May-19

Mujib Nature Reserve (T)

I did not know what to expect when I haded for the Mujib Nature Reserve and ended up having a lot of fun. 

The reserve is located just at the street along the dead sea, around 45 mins by car from the Baptism Site WHS. There is a car park and a visitor center called "adventure center". 

The adventure turned out to be my first canyoning experience. th only way to explore the site is to walk up the gorge inside the river. Along with the entrance fee I had to rent a life vest and a waterproof bag for my camera. It was not cheap (31 JOD), but worth it

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Quito

Tonisan Spain - 07-May-19

Quito

Visited September 2018

Quito is a very beautiful, well-preserved and tourist-friendly city. You can safely walk around the city center and become amazed at its beauty, and visit a lot of Baroque buildings, especially churches.

While in Quito I visited some of them. The ones I would definitely recommend are Compañía de Jesús and San Francisco. The first has an admission ticket and you can join a guided tour inside with no extra cost. You can visit the second for free, both the church and the cloister, but the museum it hosts has an entrance fee. You can also take a free tour guide there. Both are great examples of the Escuela Quiteña, the buildings themselves and the works of art you can admire inside.

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Kuelap Archaeological Complex (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 08-May-19

Kuelap is the ruins of a Chachapoyan sacred city on top of a mountain in a remote area of northern Peru. Although the main ruins are generally referred to as "the fortress" because of its high walls, the general consensus now is that the walls are not primarily defensive in nature but were used to help level the top of the mountain and that the city was a sacred one rather than militaristic with up to 3000 inhabitants. Findings have shown religious offerings and trade from other neighbouring cultures indicating widely recognized spiritual importance of the site. It is just a matter of time before Kuelap makes the List. It has all the characteristics of a significant archaeological site and easily satisfies OUV criteria iii and iv

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Les citadelles mosanes (T)

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 02-May-19

Les citadelles mosanes (T)

July 2018 - on our trip to France we passed the Wallony. In the evening we still could see Huy, in the morning we took an extensive walk around the citadel of Namur. It is quite impressive. WHS status however, I am not sure. In Namur, you can spend easily an hour on the citadel. Interesting is also some artwork here. The golden turtle for instance. From up there you have a good view at the city and can also see the belfries (another WHS)

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Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 02-May-19

Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin

July 2018 - first day in France we passed through the Nord-Pas de Calais Bassin- another mining area, great.

First we wanted to visit more sites, but the first glimbse that we got in Lens was enough. The area seems to be quite poor for French standard. The WHS consists of diifernet kind of sites. Piles of coal, mines, settlements for workers, railway stations. An ensemble of many different things. Compared to the Belgian sites its very widespread, lets see how Erzgebirge will be doing. I think it is way more influential than this site. But maybe next time I should visit some more componenets.

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Belfries

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 02-May-19

Belfries

July 2018 - Roadtrip through Belgium and northern France. We visited some  of the Belfries. The most impressive one we visited in Lille, instead of all the medieval towers, this one is from the 1920s. Lille has another wonderful belfries, that doesnt belong to Unesco though.

However I visited other belfries in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2016. 2009: Bruges (known from the movie), Mechelen (impressive from far away),  Antwerpen (whole city amazing) and Ghent (whole city amazing as well), 2016: Charleroi (rest of city rather boring), 2018: Namur, Mons, Lille and Amiens. The WHS ist quite interesting, but as already stated, some belfries seem to be missing, some are not that impressive. I tkink its impossible and not necessary to visit all of them.

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Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 02-May-19

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai

July 2018 - last hours in Belgium we still visited Tournai and had some Frittes before we wold only get French Cuisine. Well, nice church but I do not understand the OUV of Tournai Cathedral. Anyway good to see this church and town. We visited the church from inside and outside but then continued our journey. There are plenty of churches in Belgium that seem to be way more interesting than this one.

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