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Stories and Photos from my travels to the Wold Heritage Sites around the world.

Destination 》UNESCO World Heritage Sites

World Heritage: Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.

UNESCO World Heritage sites are places as unique and diverse as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Yellow Stone National Park in U.S.A and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

This section lists my visits to some of our world’s natural and man-made wonders, now protected under UNESCO, preserved and care for generations to come. Please click on any photo to learn more about that place.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2019 – September)
Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2019 – September)
KhivaUzbekistan (2019 – September)
TurkestanKazakhstan (2019 – July)
The Historic Center, Macau, SAR of China
(2013 – October)
Erdene Zuu Monastery,  KharKhorinMongolia (2019 – July)
KyotoJapan (2016 – November)
NaraJapan (2016 – November)
Historic CairoEgypt (2014 – October)
The PyramidsEgypt (2014 – October)
LuxorEgypt (2014 – October)
iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park, South Africa (2018 – February)
The Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa (2018 – February)
Cape of Good Hope, The Table Mountain National Park, South Africa (2018 – March)
İcheri Sheher, Historical Center of Baku, and Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, Azerbaijan (2018 – June)
Mtskheta, the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia,  Georgia (2018 – June)
Geghard, The caved monastery founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator, Armenia (2018 – July)
Saint-Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv’s oldest standing church, KyivUkraine (2018 -July)
Old Town of LvivUkraine (2018 – July)
Fortified Church and Saxon village of  ViscriRomania (2018 – August)
The old Historic Center of Sighișoara (Sighișoara Citadel), Romania (2018 – August)
The Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, Budapest, Hungary (2015 – February)
Old Town of PragueCzech Republic  (2009 – December)
Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic  (2009 – December
Kutna HoraCzech Republic (2009 – December)
Rila MonasteryBulgaria (2018 – August)

The Gračanica (Grachanista) Monastery, PristinaKosovo (2018 – September)
Patriarchate of Peć Monastery,  PejaKosovo (2018 – September)
The Visoki Dečani Monastery,  PejaKosovo (2018 – September)
Our Lady of Ljeviš, a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church,  PrizrenKosovo (2018 – September)
Lake Ohrid and Old Town of OhridNorth Macedonia (2018 – September)
Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, Greece (2018 – September)
The Acropolis – the ancient “high city” of Athens, the birthplace of democracy and Western civilization.  AthensGreece  (2018 – September)
The Butrint Archaeology Site, an ancient Greek and later Roman city.  SarandaAlbania (2018 – September)
The Old Town of GjirokastërAlbania. (2018 – September)
The old town of BeratAlbania (2018 – September)

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Durmitor Natinal Park, North Montenegro, Montenegro (2018 – October)
Old Fortified Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia (2018 – October)
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, famous for the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Milan, Italy (2018 – October)
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy. (2016 – October)
Historic city center of Florence, Italy (2016 – October)
Cinque Terre, Italy (2016 – October)
The Historic City center of San Marino (2016 – October)
The Amalfi Coast, One of the most picturesque coastal drives in the world. Positano, Italy (2016 – October)
The historic City center of of Rome, Italy (2016 – October)
An entire Nation-state of Vatican City (2016 – October)
City of Venice and Its Lagoon; Venice, Italy (1998 – September)
Ġgantija Temples, built between 3600 and 3200 B.C, GoZo, Malta (2018 – October)

Entire City of Valletta, the capital of Malta. (2018 – October)
The archaeological complex of Paphos, Cyprus. (2016 – February)
The Belém Tower, Lisbon, Portugal (2015 – April)
The Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal (2015 – April)
Sintra, Portugal (2015 – April)
Segovia, Spain (2014 – Dec)
Toledo, Spain (2014 – Dec)
Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia (2017 – Jan)
Old Town of Riga, Latvia (2017 – Jan)
Old town of Vilnius, Lithuania (2017 – Feb)
Bryggen featuring colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire, Bergen, Norway (2005 – October)
Old Town on Antigua, Guatemala (2008 – May)
Casco Viejo, the historic district of Panama City, Panama (2011 – Mar)
San Juan National Historic Site, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico (2000 – Aug)
The city center of Willemstad, the capital city of Curaçao. (2001 – Jul)
The fortress and the Old City of Luxembourg (1998 – September)
The Old Town (Altstadt) of Salzburg, Austria (1998 – September)
Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands (1998 – September).

The Canal Ring, the famous 17th-century district surrounding the old center of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1998 – September)
Château de Versailles, France (1998 – September)
A large part of the old city of Paris, including the River Seine, grouped as “Paris, Banks of the Seine”. Paris, France (1998 – September)
The Palace of Westminster. London, England, UK (2005 – June)
The Tower of London, England, UK (2005 – June)
The fortified Medieval town of Kotor, Montenegro (2018 – October)
The Grand Place, the central market square of Brussels, Belgium (2005)
The Belfry of Ghent, belongs to the set of Belfries of Belgium and France, a group of 56 historical buildings, designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Ghent, Belgium. (2005 – Jul)
The Belfry of Bruges, belongs to the set of Belfries of Belgium and France, a group of 56 historical buildings, designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Bruges, Belgium. (2005 – Jul)
The historic town center of Bruges, Belgium. (2005 – Jul)
The historic town center of Lima, Peru. (2006 – Apr)
Chan Chan, the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America and the largest adobe (mud brick) city in the world. Located near Trujillo, Peru. (2006 – Apr)
Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia, Uruguay. (2009 – Aug)
The historic center of Cuenca, Ecuador. (2010, Jan)
The historic center of Quito, Ecuador. (2010, Jan)

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

The section below lists Intangible Cultural Heritages I witnessed and experienced during my travels around the world. Please click on any photo to learn more about it.

The Gangneung Danoje Festival,  GangneungSouth Korea  (2014 – June)
Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture, Armenia (2018 – July)
Armenian cross-stones art. Symbolism and craftsmanship of  KhachkarsArmenia (2018 – June)
Kvevri, Large egg-shaped earthenware vessels used for the fermentation, storage, and ageing of traditional  Georgian wineGeorgia (2018 – June)
Traditional knowledge and skills in making Kyrgyz yurtsKyrgyzstan (2019 – August)
Kok Boru, Traditional Horse game, where each team needs to pick up a goat or a sheep and drop it on the opposite side, Kyrgyzstan (2019 – Aug)
Craftsmanship, traditional knowledge and skills in making and wearing Kyrgyz men’s headwear, Ak-kalpak. Bokonbaevo, Kyrgyzstan. (2019 – Aug)
Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak, art of making Kyrgyz traditional felt carpets. Bokonbaevo, Kyrgyzstan. (2019 – Aug)
Kimjang, making and sharing Kimchi in the Republic of Korea, South Korea (2014 – May)
Yarpaq Dolmasi (Dolma), Azerbaijan’s national dish making and sharing tradition. Azerbaijan. (2018 – Jun)
Oxherding and oxcart traditions of Costa Rica. (2012 – May)
The batana, Rovinj’s traditional wooden fishing boat with flat bottom, that enables navigation and fishing in shallow water. Rovinj, Croatia. (2018 – Oct)

Licitars, colorfully decorated Gingerbread biscuits made of sweet honey dough are part of Croatia’s cultural heritage and traditional symbol of Zagreb, Croatia. (2018 – Oct)
Bachata Music and dance is omnipresent in Dominican community celebrations and social gatherings. Dominican Republic (2005 – Sep)
Vegetarian sandwich on Ftira, Maltese flattened sourdough bread. Gozo, Malta (2018 – Oct)
Mariachi, a traditional Mexican music. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2011 – Dec)
Pottery from Horezu, București, Romania (2015 – Dec)
Palov, a traditional dish made and shared throughout rural and urban communities of Uzbekistan. Bukhara, Uzbekistan. (2019 – Sep)
Fado, A sculpture of the Portuguese guitar at Rua do Capelão, Bairro da Mouraria, the birthplace of Fado. Lisbon, Portugal (2015 – Apr)
The beer culture of Belgium. (2005) The country has more than 200 breweries and more than 2,500 varieties of beer.
Tango, a dance that was developed by the urban lower classes in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Rio de la Plata basin. The tango was frequently practiced in the brothels and bars of ports, where business owners employed bands to entertain their patrons with music. 2009 – Aug – Buenos Aires. Argentina.

UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. MAB Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. Biosphere reserves harmonize conservation of biological and cultural diversity, and economic and social development, through partnerships between people and nature.

The section below lists Biosphere reserves I visited during my travels around the world. Please click on any photo to learn more about it.

Charyn Canyon National Park,  Kazakhstan (July 2019)
Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, situated in the Eastern Carpathians, Ukraine (Aug, 2018)
Almaty Biosphere Reserve, located on the Zailiysky Alatau ridge, on the watershed of several river basins featuring a number of lakes, including Big Almaty Lake, Kazakhstan. (Jul, 2019)

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Please come back.. More wonders of world will be coming soon.. I have visited more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage sites. This website will be continuously under construction. 🙂

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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