Unesco World Heritage Sites

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Have you seen or been to any? Local or International.

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  • nikkilovenikkilove Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Four pa lang for me. San Agustin Church sa Intramuros, yung isa, tapos yung dalawa ni hindi ko alam na Unesco Heritage Site pala. :hiya:

    Pero its a good start, and it promotes awareness on my part to be keen on details and appreciate more, the places I see.
  • wanderer9020wanderer9020 Not all who wander are lost PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    taken from UNESCO World Heritage list website:

    1. Iguacu National Park ,Rio De Janeiro: Carioca Landscape between the mountain and the sea- Brazil
    2. Town of Cuzco, Machu Piccu, Historic Center of Lima - Peru
    3. Angkor- Cambodia
    4. Historic Center of Macau - Macau
    5. Historic Center of Prague- Czek Republic
    6. Palace and Park of Versailles,Cathedral of Notredame - France
    7. Statue ogf Liberty- USA
    8. Acropolis - Greece
    9. Historic Center of Rome - Italy
    10. Vatican City
    11. Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fahtephur Sikri - India
    12. Masada, White City of Tel Aviv ,Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls- Israel
    13. Works of Anthony Gaudi -Spain
    14. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto -Japan
    15. Kenya Lake System in The Great Rift Valley - Kenya
    16. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengati National Park, Stone Town of Zanzibar - Tanzania
    17. Town of Luang Prabang - Laos
    18. Kathmandu Valley - Nepal
    19. Historic City of Ayutayah and Historic town of Sukuthai - Thailand
    20. Halong Bay - Thailand

    - thats all :)
  • nikkilovenikkilove Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    wow, awesome list Wanderer.

    Mine

    1. Statue of Liberty in New York
    2. Independence Hall in Philadelphia
    3. The Great Smokys in North Carolina
    4. San Agustin Church in Intramuros
  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Wow, this is a good thread. Thanks nikkilove for starting. I've been lucky enough to visit a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with the last ones I visited were form Egypt and Jordan.

    I think the UNESCO World Heritage list had its beginnings in the successful international rescue of the ancient Nubian monuments in Egypt and Sudan from the rising waters of Nile River brought on by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Egypt and Sudan appealed to UNESCO and many western nations for help to rescue the priceless temples/monuments of antiquities. So beginning in 1959 up to 1980, the 20 or so temples along the banks of the Nile were dismantled, transferred and reconstructed. Among those rescued were the Abu Simbel temples and the Philae temple in Aswan which I visited during my trip to Egypt. You can see pictures and videos of the extraordinary rescue of the Abu Simbel temple when you visit the site.

    I commend the USA for leading the international effort to rescue the Numbian temples and for initiating the list. This is one area where the leadership of the USA is lacking nowadays. Anyways, below are my pics of the extraordinary rescue of temple from the Abu Simbel visitor center...

    Preparations for the dismantling the temple..
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    Dismantling the temple
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    Re-assembly of the temple
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    Finishing...
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    The Abu Simbel Temple today..Side view of the Temple of Ramses II, you wouldn't notice the rescue effort done in the 50's and 60s. The rescue was a great symbol of what could be achieved if nations work together.
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    Me in front of the Temple of Ramses the Great
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    Me in front of the Temple of Hathor. Constructed by Ramses the Great in honor of his favorite wife, Nefertari.
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    Me with the two temples of Abu Simbel in the background.
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  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    My recent visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites..

    In Egypt I visited the following UNESCO World Heritage Sites..
    1) Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
    2) Historic Cairo
    3) Memphis and its Necropolis - the Pyramid fields from Giza to Dashour
    4) Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae
    5) Saint Catherine Area

    In Jordan, I visited
    1) Petra
    2) Quseir Amra (Desert Castle built in the 8th century during the Umayyad dynasty)
    3) Um er-Rasas (Remains of Roman, Byzantine and early Umayyad periods of Jordan)
    4) Wadi Rum Protected Area
  • superparadise_Xsuperparadise_X shaken n stirred :-) PExer
    My fave UNESCO World Heritage Sites :love:

    Peninsula Valdes -- Whales, penguins, sea lion colonies

    Historic Centre of Brugge- Belgian waffles, chocolates and BEER!!

    Historic Centre Salvador de Bahia - Capoeira!

    Angkor Complex - Breathtaking!

    Ancient Thebes (Valley of the Kings) --- Big fan of Egyptology!
    Historic Cairo
    Memphis and its Necropolis (Pyramids..)

    Saint Catherine -- in the middle of the desert!

    Bordeaux - for the love of wine!

    Old Jerusalem - Need I say more :-)

    Old City of Acre - history buff here, all about Masonry, Fleur de lis, the Holy Grail and never-ending wars!

    Amalfi Coast - beautiful coast!

    Itsukushima - my next religion- Shintoism!

    Petra - lost world!

    Medina of Fez - get out of the maze before dark!

    Geirangerfjord and N?r?yfjord - what heaven feels like!

    Historic Centre of Oporto - my kind of town!

    Kremlin and Red Square - power!

    Alhambra --- Moorish influences, flamenco, bullfighting and ferias!!
    Cordoba
    Seville

    Edinburgh - magical!

    Rice Terraces & Baroque Chruches of the Philippines! (siyempre, Pinoy tayo eh!


    :love:
  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ Nice Superparadise_X! hehehehe.. Hope to add some of the Greek and all of the Israel UNESCO World Heritage sites this year. Fingers crossed! :lol:
  • superparadise_Xsuperparadise_X shaken n stirred :-) PExer
    ^ thanks Huntfan :love:

    Looking forward to seeing your pics in Greece and Israel :-) What a combination!!!
  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ Yeah, excited na din ako. Sana walang aberya like sudden exchange of rockets between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Really looking forward to visit Israel and then later Greece. :lol:
  • superparadise_Xsuperparadise_X shaken n stirred :-) PExer
    lolz @ "sudden exchange of rockets" !!!! :rotflmao:
  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ o di ba.. hehehe trip stopper yung exchange of rockets. :D

    Sa UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Phillippines, I've been to all except at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Last January 2013, I spent a couple of days in the Rice Terraces of Cordillera (in Banaue) as part of my Sagada Tour. Bale 3rd time ko na sa Banaue but I was still amazed at the beauty and grace of our Rice Terraces. Na-imagine ko lagi yung hardwork and yung perseverance ng generations of Ifugaos as they built and preserve the terraces. Incredible! :D
  • nikkilovenikkilove Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I know right di ba Huntie, dati yung places lang of Hollywood significance
    And for friendster and facebook lang ang reasons ng pag travel namin :hiya:

    Ngayon may new
    Purpose na.

    It also opened my eyes to the wonders
    Of other countries, dati kasi US
    And Western Europe cities lang gusto ko puntahan, the list made me
    Realize there's so much more out there.

    Love your pics.:love:

    Superparadise, grabe, impressed
    With your Lists, hopefully I get to
    See those places
    Yoube been to.:)
  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ Thanks nikkilove... Just now I saw pics of Obama visiting Petra. Haaayyy, nag-reminisce tuloy ako. I love Petra. I had a great time there with my Bedouin guide. :D
  • superparadise_Xsuperparadise_X shaken n stirred :-) PExer
    UNESCO World Heritage Sites :love:


    BRUGGES Historic Centre - Belgium
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    Westminster Palace, London
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    Iguazu Falls - Argentina Side
    The Devil's Throat


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  • dawn_it_be_medawn_it_be_me www.ann-d-explorer.com PExer
    I've only been to two and they are both in the Philippines. Here's one of 'em. I'll be seeing two more this Holy week.

    Explored and Experienced: BATAD

    http://www.ann-d-explorer.com/2012/10/batad-banaue.

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  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The Temple of Isis, located in the island of Philae in Aswan, was also rescued by UNESCO in the 1960s from the rising waters of the River Nile. It was included in the Nubian monuments World Heritage List in Egypt along with the Abu Simbel temples. Isis was the Egyptian Goddess of Motherhood and Fertility, wife and sister of Osiris and mother of Horus. The cult of Isis spread to the Greek and Roman world. Many historians attributed the veneration of Mary by the Christians as coming directly from the cult of Isis.

    Anyway to save the temple, archaeologists had to carefully dismantle the temple stone by stone, move and reconstruct the temple 40m higher on the nearby island of Philae. The whole Philae island was also landscaped to resemble the original Temple of Isis location. The whole exercise took about a decade to complete. Pictures below of my visit to Temple of Isis in Philae...

    Me in front of the 18 meter high first phylon of the Temple of Isis. The Pharaoh depicted on the left is Ptolemy XII smiting the enemy which is the traditional Pharaoh pose in ancient Egypt.
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    The Pharaoh again smiting his enemies. This is at the western end of the first phylon.
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    The two lions guarding the entrance to the Central Court
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    The Hathor pillars in the Kiosk of Nectanebo.
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    The two rows of columns fronting the first phylon.
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    Me in front of the western colonnade.
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    Me at the Central Court, fronting the 2nd phylon. The huge stellae at the base of the eastern tower of the 2nd phylon belongs to Ptolemy VI and Cleopatra II, standing before Isis and Hathor.
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    The Hathor-head top columns surrounding the Mammisi or birth house.
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    Close-up shot of the reliefs on the eastern wall of the 2nd phylon.
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    Graffiti on the walls of the 1st phylon. The graffiti on this wall were done by the army of Napoleon Bonaparte during his invasion of Egypt in the early 19th Century.
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    Colonnade in the Central Court.
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    To be continued... effort ito ha. :lol:
  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Continuation..

    The amazing reliefs in the ceiling of the small court..
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    The small court was converted to a church during the Christian era of Egypt. Here you can see the Christian cross and altar..
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    Reliefs on the walls of the temple..

    The Pharaoh offering gifts to Osiris and Isis.
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    Isis in her bird form with the key of life in her claws. I love it!
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    Isis nurturing her baby.. copied by the Christian Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus.. :D
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    Isis giving the key of life..
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    More reliefs showing the Pharaoh's offerings
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    I took this picture of the inner chambers of the temple during the Philae Sound and Light Show. The chambers are dramatically lit.. really beautiful..
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    To be continued..
  • nikkilovenikkilove Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    awesome pics huntie. grabe. mesmerizing.

    @ dawn, nice pic of Banue, pinaguusapan lang namin sa kabila how to get there, nahirapan ka ba sa trekking?
  • palang7palang7 Member PExer
    kung free kayo for 2 years at may $1.5M gora na!

    http://ph.she.yahoo.com/luxury-travel-package-takes-world-must-see-destinations-144926383.html

    ang tanong, included kaya dito ang visa fees if Philippine passport holder ka? :bop:
  • huntfan01huntfan01 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ Thanks Nikkilove. I was mesmerized din during my entire visit to Philae. The Temple of Isis was so beautiful.

    Gusto kong sumama dyan sa UNESCO World Heritage tour! Kaso wala akong US$1.5 million na pambayad sa tours. lolz.

    More pics below of my visit to Philae.

    On the east side of the Temple of Isis, near the second phylon you will come across a small temple dedicated to Hathor.
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    Inside the Temple of Hathor, you will find a relief of the god Bes. Bes, according to my Egyptologist, is the Egyptian God of "Party". lol. Whenever you have scenes of merrymaking, you will find reliefs of Bes. Here you have Bes playing the harp and tamborine. Parang sabog si Bes. lolz. :lol:
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    To get to Philae island nga pala, you have to take a small river boat.
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    Along the route to Philae, you get to see the Egyptian bird ibis. The ancient Egyptians venerated the ibis and linked the ibis with the god Thoth, the god of wisdom and knowledge.
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    Besides the small temple of Hathor, you will find this beautiful rectangular building called the Kiosk of Trajan. This building has 14 columns with beautiful capital carvings. The Victorians loved the building and were frequently painted by the Victorian artists.
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    Beautiful floral-motif capitals..
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    Kiosk of Trajan, as seen from our from the Nile River boat. Ain's she a beauty?
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