I know, I know, I haven’t written for a while. I was sick, we moved, we traveled and one year has passed. I’m ashamed, really and my thought now is to revive my blog, bring it back to life, put new ligt on new and old sites, tell you abou my travels to existing places and places that I visit that may or may not be on the list. Welcome back!
Here’s the list of new sites for this year and in some cases some short comments from me. Mostly personal comments. Let’s go!
The following cultural properties have been inscribed on the World Heritage List
- Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex, Russian Federation – medieval city of Bolgar is part of this site on the shores on Volga River. I’d like to go there some day. Do I dare go to Russia? I’m not sure right now.
- Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey – City of Bursa, a part of Ottoman empire. Turkey has for a long time been on my want-to-go-to-list.
- Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey, Germany – Looks nice, looks tempting, maybe not impossible soon.
- Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves, Israel – Tempting, interesting, but as long as the political situation looks the way it does, I can only dream.
- Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche, France – Nice caves with prehistoric art. I’m interested in ancient times, caves and ancient drawings, so yes, this sounds very interesting.
- Erbil Citadel, Iraq – great citadel in the city of Erbil. Looks interesting, but as long as Iraq is not too stable I’m not going to travel there.
- Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah, Saudi Arabia – gate to Mekkah sounds like a very interesting place. It’s probably important to many as well. For me it will wait until the political situation in the area is more stable.
- Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point, USA – 19th century plantations in the Mississippi Valley in a place that has been used for over 2000 years. Interesting and yes, I want to visit it.
- Namhansanseong, South Korea – was designed as an emergency capital for the Joson dynasty (1392–1910), in a mountainous site 25 km south-east of Seoul. Its earliest remains date from the 7th century. I’d like to visit this one as well.
- Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir, Palestine – The Battir hill landscape comprises a series of farmed valleys, known as widian, with characteristic stone terraces, would be nice to visit, but…
- Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape, Turkey – monumental temples, theatres, stoa or porticoes, gymnasium, altar and library were set into the sloping terrain surrounded by an extensive city wall. Yes, please!
- Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquís – Costa Rica – nature and archeology. Four archaeological sites located in the Diquís Delta in southern Costa Rica, which are considered unique examples of the complex social, economic and political systems. I loved Costa Rica, so I’d like to see this one as well.
- Pyu Ancient Cities, Myanmar – Pyu Ancient Cities includes the remains of three brick, walled and moated cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri I’d like to travel moer in Asia, so this one is very possible as well.
- Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System, Argentina , Bolivia (Plurinational State of) , Chile , Colombia , Ecuador , Peru – This site is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defence network of roads covering 30,000 km. May’be I’ll travel part of them one day.
- Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat, India – Rani-ki-Vav, on the banks of the Saraswati River, was initially built as a memorial to a king in the 11th century AD. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent. I don’t know. India has always been a place I’d like to go to and something that can wait till later.
- Shahr-i Sokhta, Iran – Shahr-i Sokhta, meaning ‘Burnt City’, is located at the junction of Bronze Age trade routes crossing the Iranian plateau. Both yes and no, I’d love to see Iran, but I’m not sure if it’s safe enough righ now.
- Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor, China , Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan – a 5,000 km section of the extensive Silk Roads network, stretching from Chang’an/Luoyang, the central capital of China in the Han and Tang dynasties, to the Zhetysu region of Central Asia.The Silk Roads has been a dream for a long time.
- The Grand Canal, China – The Grand Canal is a vast waterway system in the north-eastern and central-eastern plains of China, running from Beijing in the north to Zhejiang province in the south. I’ve been wanting to go to China for a long time, so why not.
- Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites, Japan – a historic sericulture and silk mill complex established in 1872 in the Gunma prefecture north-west of Tokyo. Japan is also on my most-wanted-list.
- Van Nellefabriek, Netherlands – Van Nellefabriek was designed and built in the 1920s on the banks of a canal in the Spaanse Polder industrial zone north-west of Rotterdam. Looks rezlly cool. Too bad I missed it last time we were in Holland.
- Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, Italy – This landscape covers five distinct wine-growing areas with outstanding landscapes and the Castle of Cavour, an emblematic name both in the development of vineyards and in Italian history. Sounds really nice.
The following natural properties have been inscribed on the World Heritage List
- Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, India – This National Park in the western part of the Himalayan Mountains in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is characterized by high alpine peaks, alpine meadows and riverine forests. Forget what I said about India. I’d love to see it.
- Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, Philippines – a mountain ridge running north-south along the Pujada Peninsula in the south-eastern part of the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary has an elevation range of 75–1,637 m above sea level and provides critical habitat for a range of plant and animal species. I was to Philippines ones. I loved its nature and I’d love to visit this one.
- Okavango Delta, Botswana – This delta in north-west Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact.Been there, seen it, agree! And I’d love to go back!
- Stevns Klint, Denmark – This geological site comprises a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff, offering exceptional evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago. Denmark is not too far from me, so it’s possible.
The following mixed property has been inscribed
- Trang An Landscape Complex, Viet Nam – on the southern shore of the Red River Delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. I loved Viet Namn when I was there and I’d love to go back.
The Committee also approved extensions for the following sites
- Białowieża Forest , Belarus, Poland
- South China Karst, China
- Wadden Sea, Denmark , Germany , Netherlands
- Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico
Many new sites, few updated. Well, I think it’s time to travel again!