New Inscriptions in 2021

The 2021 WHC Session added 5 Sites bringing the total to 1125.

Great Spa Towns of Europe

Great Spa Towns of Europe
By Richard Barrett-Small under CC BY 2.0.
The Great Spa Towns of Europe are a group of eleven spa towns from seven countries that represents the development of European spa tradition from its roots in the antiquity to the peak in the 19. and early 20th century.

Assif Germany - 25-Oct-14

Currently residing in Bad Homburg, I was pleased to learn that it is planned to be included as a part of this transnational proposal. If successful, this would make small Bad Homburg home of two WHS, the other one being Kastell Saalburg, the most significant part of the Limes in Germany.

Germany is home to many spa towns and indeed many also feature in this proposal. Bad Homburg used to be, and still is, one of the most prominent ones. Until WWII it was also quite international, with prominent guests coming for treatments, entertainment and social contacts.

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Ḥimā Cultural area

Ḥimā Cultural area
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The Hima wells were on the ancient caravan trade routes and carvings on its rocks provide a record of those who passed the time here. The engravings include human figures, animals and texts. The oldest are said to date back to 7,000 years ago.

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 27-Sep-19

Ḥimā Cultural area

It is hard to figure out where these rock art sites really are. The only place I found was the Hima wells area and nearby the well was one, fenced off, with a sign stating tourist visits should be arranged with some phone number. Well, too bad. I noticed there is an opening to the right of that place and it was clearly used by others before. Not much climbing required. I don't want to promote breaking rules, especially in the KSA where you can get into deeeeeeep problems for doing this, but it is the only easy way to actually see them close up. Okay so you don't need to break the law if you have binoculars or a zoom lens

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Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt
Photo by Hubert.
The Darmstadt Artists’ Colony Mathildenhöhe represents the architectural and artistical transition from Art Noveau to Modernism. The artist colony was founded in 1899 by Ernst Ludwig, the Grand Duke of Hesse, and existed until 1914. As patron he invited famous designers and architects to Darmstadt, including Joseph Maria Olbrich and Peter Behrens. The Mathildenhöhe complex includes the exhibition buildings, the wedding tower, a plane grove with sculptures and pavillons, and several master houses.

Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles
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Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles consists of 4 sites around the city of Padua preserving significant 14th century paintings, in particular the work of Giotto. Scrovegni Chapel is considered Giotto's masterpiece. One of the sites is also an important example of a female commission.

Assif Germany - 26-May-08

I went to Padua especially to see this marvelous Giotto capella and it was even more striking than I had expected. Giotto was indeed a genious. Padua by the way was heavily bombarded in WWII so many other sites including the nearby Capella degli Eremitani covered with frescoes by Mantegna were damaged. Nonetheless, the huge dining room (the largest in the world), Scuola San Giorgio, San Antonio complex, Prato della Valle, the Univeristy del Po' and the Battistero all offer the art lover great pleasures. Weren't it in Italy I'm sure a town like Padua would become a prominent tourist attraction and a country's main source of pride!

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The Lighthouse of Cordouan

The Lighthouse of Cordouan
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The Phare de Cordouan stands on a rocky plateau in the Girande estuary on the French Atlantic coast, about seven kilometres from the mainland. The 68-metre-high tower has been in operation since 1611 and is the oldest lighthouse in France. It is considered a Renaissance masterpiece, the architect was Louis de Foix.

Ingemar Eriksson Sweden - 06-Aug-14

Very impressive lighthouse on a rock outside Royan. The volume, age and history is impressive but information is poor, even in French language. It is a small adventure of its own to get out there and the complete set makes it a nice tour out on a nice day.

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