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UNESCO Sites by intrepid on 12 November 2003 6:38pm
 
About 2 weeks ago we had a 4 day weekend and I went to a town in the Czech Rep. called Telc (there's a thing over the "c" so you say it "Telch"). Has anybody been there?
Anyway, when I was in the tourist information place, they gave me a brochure about Telc and the other places which are listed by UNESCO as being significant. They listed 10 other places in the C.R., some of which I'd been to. I'm wondering what UNESCO sites people on Palinstravels have been to. Any that you'd recommend? - David
 
Re: UNESCO Sites by MykReeve on 12 November 2003 9:44pm
 
In case people want to consult a list, the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found online at:

http://whc.unesco.org/heritage.htm

I've been to;
Belgium - 1 (Bruges)
China - 4 (Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Longmen Grottoes)
Egypt - 4 (Pyramid region, Thebes, Abu Simbel, Islamic Cairo)
France - 2 (Banks of the Seine, Mont Saint-Michel)
Germany - 2 (Parks of Berlin, Museum Island)
Italy - 1 (Venice)
Peru - 5 (Lima, Arequipa, Nasca, Cuzco, Machu Picchu)
Turkey - 1 (Istanbul)
UK - 13 (Durham, Ironbridge, Stonehenge, Blenheim, Bath, Hadrian's Wall, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Canterbury, Edinburgh, Greenwich, Dorset & Devon, Kew Gardens)
USA - 2 (Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty)

There still seem to be some conspicuous absences from the list - I was surprised that the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an weren't on the list, for example.

In general, the list is a good guide to which sites are worth seeing in an area. However, UNESCO seem to be encouraging the addition of sites of limited tourist appeal but which illustrate industrial/technological development - such as the Derwent Valley Mills or Saltaire, in the United Kingdom. If you click on any of the items on the list, you can see the reasons for their addition - i.e. if they are cultural or natural phenomena.

Of the places I've visited on the list, I would say that Machu Picchu and the Forbidden City were the two most impressive. Machu Picchu for its amazing location and scenery... and for being incredibly well-preserved and maintained in spite of the weight of tourism it receives. The Forbidden City was similarly well preserved, and jaw-droppingly large... though how on Earth Starbucks were given permission to open a branch actually INSIDE the Palace is a mystery to me.

Pictures of most of the above can be seen on my website at: http://www.mykreeve.net/
 
Re: UNESCO Sites by intrepid on 17 November 2003 7:03pm
 
Looking at that list I was pleased to see that there's a new one in the Czech Rep., in Trebic (another name with a seagull over the "c" so it's "Trebeech"). It's the Jewish center of town, as well as the Jewish cemetery. I think they included the not-so-Jewish Basilica, too.
I'm interested in the variety of sizes of UNESCO sites. I mean, the place in Olomouc consists only of it's "plague column". Never be a Starbucks in there.
 
Re: UNESCO Sites by Surrey on 12 January 2004 10:40pm
 
I visited Havana in 2003, and it seduced me in all sorts of unexpected ways. I will hopefully be returning to Cuba next year, so I can explore some of the things I missed last time out (the former capital, Trinidad, for example). Old Havana is on the UNESCO list, and rightfully so; the architecture is varied and stunning, though much of it was damaged over the last few years by poor weather and giant waves that the rather inadequate sea wall is not equipped to hold back. They are, however, making a real effort to restore a lot of the buildings to their former glory.

I came home from Cuba thinking it was not only more beautiful, but far more complex that I had imagined. Cuba has a very interesting relationship with tourism, now that the US has locked them out of any trade deals; its something that I could go on and on about. Its almost impossible for a tourist to stay low-key, and people (especially in Havana) will not hesitate to ask for money, soap, pens, and all sorts of other things you might expect would be hard to come by in a country that still rations food and household items. I would recommend doing some reading about the history of Cuba so you have a better appreciation for what you might find there. Overall, Cuba gave me something that I've been unable to shake off, and I look forward to seeing the direction the country takes in future years. Highly recommended.
 
Re: UNESCO Sites by Godfather on 13 January 2004 10:32pm
 
Of course, Unesco DID have the two giant Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan,under it's protection. But we all know what happened to that. I have a photo that i took of the rubble at the bottom of the 2 neiches in the cliffside, and the dusty neglected UNESCO sign proudly claiming that it's protected forever by them...this heritage sight for mankind. Of course, the whole story surrounding it was everybody's fault. Everybody was to blame for that disaster,and not just the Taliban. Dirty and sneaky world politics, sanctions from outside, and stubborn headed idiots on both sides of the world were responsible for them being eventually blown up with tank fire and dynamite, due to petty squabbling. Heartbreaking stuff.
 
Re: UNESCO Sites by Godfather on 13 January 2004 10:48pm
 

As said above. The world is awash with monuments, temples, and all sorts of other goodies not protected by UNESCO. Their list just scratches the surface of what is out there. But having looked at the list above, these are the ones i remember visiting along the way, perhaps without realizing they were UNESCO protected in the first place.

AFGHANISTAN : Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
BOLIVIA :City of Potosí
BOLIVIA :Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
BOLIVIA :Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture
CAMBODIA : Angkor Wat
CHINA : The Great Wall
CHINA : Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
CHINA : Yungang Grottoes
COLOMBIA : Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena
COSTA RICA : Area de Conservación Guanacaste costa rica
DOMINCAN REPUBLIC : Colonial City of Santo Domingo
ECUADOR : City of Quito
EGYPT : Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae
IEGYPT : Islamic Cairo
EGYPT : Memphis and its Necropolis - the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
GUATEMALA : Tikal National Park
GUATEMALA : Antigua Guatemala
HONDURAS : Maya Site of Copan
INDIA : Agra Fort
INDIA : Taj Mahal
INDIA : Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
INDIA : Fatehpur Sikri
LAOS : Town of Luang Prabang
NEPAL : Kathmandu Valley
PERU : City of Cuzco
PERU : Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
PERU :Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
PERU : Historic Centre of Lima
PERU : Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
PERU : Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa
TIBET : Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
UK : Hadrian's Wall
UK : Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Saint Margaret's Church
UK : City of Bath
UK : Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
UK : Tower of London
UK : Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
 



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