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Alexander Barabanov

I work in finance field. I started to specifically target UNESCO Heritage sites while travelling approximately from 2006. Usually I try to tick off the sites both during business trips and leisure tours. Of course, there is some percentage of strange sites, when you're asking yourself, what am I doing here, but in general these sites are special and very rewarding to reach and see. Visting them and seeing some specific aspects of human activity and nature phenomona increases significantly knowledge horizons.

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Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin Alexander Barabanov

Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin by Alexander Barabanov

Visited Caves of El Cogul on the way from Poblet monastery to Zaragoza. Unfortunately due to time constraints arrived there right in the beginning of siesta. The place is located in the pleasant agricultural scenery in the outskirts of Cogul village. There is a small visitor centre and the access to the cave is fenced. I climbed the fence and made some picture of the cave, which is also covered by an iron lattice (it could only be open during visit time).

The paintings are of course not so bright but are quite visible. There are over 40 african-style figures painted, including humans and animals in black and red. The most famous and central is dance scene. There should be somewhere Roman inscription as well, but I couldn't identify it.

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Kremlin and Red Square Alexander Barabanov

Kremlin and Red Square by Alexander Barabanov

In May I was able to get into the State Kremlin Palace and Faceted Hall. This is kind of special "secret" excursion, which is not ordinary access to the Cathedrals inside the Kremlin sold publicly. This excursion is offered by some agencies on selected dates (usualy several times per month), when the Kremlin is not occupied by various events. The maximum amount of people is 20 in the group with obligatory guide, it is necessary to provide passport details in advance (the foreigners are allowed), the price is 5,000 Rubles during weekends (80 euro), but it depends on the agency. I booked about 2 months in advance in order to get in on weekend day.

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Fujisan Alexander Barabanov

Fujisan by Alexander Barabanov

I visited Togawa Oshi Piligrim's Inn and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine, both within 20-minute walking distance from Fujisan railway station.

Togawa Oshi House was built in 1768 to host numerous piligrims to the Mount Fuji. In the begining of the nineteenth century there were 86 similar inns in the area, now only 12-13 remaining. The House has extensive audio guide descibing each corner of the house and providing general information.

The Shrine dating back to the 8th century was the last spiritual stop for the piligrims ascending to the summit from the north side. It is located in lovely forest setting (with some sacred cedars which are over 1000 years old), with beautiful garden, painted main hall, big torii gate, and portable shrines used in fire festivals.

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Tomioka Silk Mill Alexander Barabanov

Tomioka Silk Mill by Alexander Barabanov

Visited this site in May 2017 as a pleasant detour from Tokyo (and using some private railway line not subject to the wonderful Japan Rail Pass).

The cost was 1,000 yen entrance + 200 yen audioguide and 200 yen conservation viewing desk.

The mill was completed in 1872 after local government decided to import mechanized Western technologies of silk processing. Technical advisers from France were invited, while trainees were hired from local female workers. Other factories using Tomioka mill model were constructed around the country afterwards. Introduction of mass production technologies led to modernization of Japanese economy.

The mill have been producing raw silk till 1987 when all the reeling machines were preserved in the original state.

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Solovetsky Islands Alexander Barabanov

Solovetsky Islands by Alexander Barabanov

Unfortunately I couldn't attend WHS get-together event, as I booked the trip to Solovetsky islands, my old and much wanted target. The trip was by air, through Arkhangelsk first and then by a bit scaring 40-years old AN-24 turboprop airplane.

So-called airport (in fact, just tiny wooden blue construction) is located just 1 km away from the monastery, which immediately dominates the skyline and creates fairytale spiritual atmosphere.

We explored the monastery and the island for the 2 days, however the weather was quite rainy and changed so quickly that we haven't completed our bike tour to the Northern part of the island.

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Name: Alexander Barabanov

Country: Russia

Visited WHS: 443

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu, Brugge, Angkor Vat

Proposal New WHS: Volgograd (Stalingrad battlefield places), Old city of Pskov, Manhattan (Iconic highscrapers like Empire State Building, Chrysler Building)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 03.08.17

Lists

  1. Durmitor National Park
  2. Longmen Grottoes
  3. Imperial Tombs
  4. Major Town Houses
  5. Cape Floral Region
  6. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  7. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  8. Arequipa
  9. Ephesus
  10. Val di Noto
  11. Villa d'Este
  12. Val d'Orcia
  13. Guimarães
  14. Vienna
  15. Aranjuez
  16. Tugendhat Villa
  17. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  18. Churches of Peace
  19. Calakmul
  20. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  21. Stralsund and Wismar
  22. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  23. Derbent
  24. Gobustan Rock Art
  25. Takht-e Soleyman
  26. Trebic
  27. Orkhon Valley
  28. Kew Gardens
  29. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  30. Monte San Giorgio
  31. Koguryo Tombs
  32. Novodevichy Convent
  33. Rio de Janeiro
  34. Pasargadae
  35. Macao
  36. Muskauer Park
  37. Tchogha Zanbil
  38. Primeval Beech Forests
  39. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  40. Kernavë Archeological Site
  41. Persepolis
  42. Tamgaly
  43. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  44. Liverpool
  45. Thingvellir
  46. Regensburg
  47. Etruscan Necropolises
  48. Pitons Management Area
  49. Centennial Hall
  50. Yaroslavl
  51. Le Havre
  52. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  53. Soltaniyeh
  54. Nesvizh
  55. Syracuse
  56. Central Highlands
  57. Kathmandu Valley
  58. Genoa
  59. Vizcaya Bridge
  60. Bisotun
  61. Crac des Chevaliers
  62. Dolomites
  63. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  64. Ouro Preto
  65. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  66. San Marino and Mount Titano
  67. Kotor
  68. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  69. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  70. Twyfelfontein
  71. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  72. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  73. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  74. San Miguel de Allende
  75. Fortifications of Vauban
  76. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  77. Stoclet House
  78. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  79. Dengfeng
  80. Valletta
  81. Heritage of Mercury
  82. Wadden Sea
  83. Shushtar
  84. Longobards in Italy
  85. Royal Joseon Tombs
  86. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  87. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  88. Jantar Mantar
  89. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  90. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  91. Tabriz Bazaar
  92. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  93. Camino Real
  94. Yagul and Mitla
  95. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  96. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  97. Fagus Factory
  98. Persian Garden
  99. Margravial Opera House
  100. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  101. Masjed-e Jâme'
  102. Rabat
  103. Fujisan
  104. Golestan Palace
  105. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  106. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  107. Mount Etna
  108. Namib Sand Sea
  109. Van Nellefabriek
  110. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  111. Corvey
  112. Tomioka Silk Mill
  113. Susa
  114. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  115. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  116. Old City of Jerusalem
  117. Arab-Norman Palermo
  118. Western Tien-Shan
  119. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  120. Venetian Works of Defence
  121. Yazd
  122. Amiens Cathedral
  123. Orange
  124. Arles
  125. Speyer Cathedral
  126. Würzburg Residence
  127. Medina of Fez
  128. Florence
  129. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  130. Djémila
  131. Tipasa
  132. Timgad
  133. Damascus
  134. Anuradhapura
  135. Polonnaruva
  136. Sigiriya
  137. Rila Monastery
  138. Nessebar
  139. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  140. Bosra
  141. Pirin National Park
  142. Avignon
  143. Nancy
  144. Palmyra
  145. Red Fort
  146. Humayun's Tomb
  147. Qutb Minar
  148. Agra Fort
  149. Taj Mahal
  150. Fatehpur Sikri
  151. Monastery of Batalha
  152. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  153. Old City of Berne
  154. Abbey of St Gall
  155. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  156. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  157. Lübeck
  158. Cuzco
  159. Machu Picchu
  160. Chitwan National Park
  161. Vatican City
  162. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  163. Cracow
  164. Cologne Cathedral
  165. Baalbek
  166. Byblos
  167. Tyre
  168. Aachen Cathedral
  169. Warsaw
  170. Mana Pools
  171. Matobo Hills
  172. Statue of Liberty
  173. Auschwitz Birkenau
  174. Altamira Cave
  175. Segovia
  176. Asturian Monuments
  177. Cordoba
  178. Granada
  179. Burgos Cathedral
  180. El Escurial
  181. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  182. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  183. Petra
  184. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  185. Medina of Marrakesh
  186. Congonhas
  187. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  188. Pont du Gard
  189. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  190. Avila
  191. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  192. Iguacu
  193. Istanbul
  194. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  195. Medina of Tunis
  196. Evora
  197. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  198. Trier
  199. Giant's Causeway
  200. Site of Carthage
  201. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  202. Studley Royal Park
  203. Stonehenge
  204. Gwynedd Castles
  205. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  206. Toledo
  207. Amphitheater of El Jem
  208. Salamanca
  209. Seville
  210. Caceres
  211. Studenica Monastery
  212. Skocjan Caves
  213. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  214. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  215. Venice and its Lagoon
  216. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  217. Castel del Monte
  218. Budapest
  219. Hollókö
  220. Acropolis
  221. Sian Ka'an
  222. Palenque
  223. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  224. Teotihuacan
  225. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  226. Puebla
  227. Boyana Church
  228. Blenheim Palace
  229. Westminster
  230. City of Bath
  231. Madara Rider
  232. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  233. Mount Taishan
  234. Great Wall
  235. Imperial Palace
  236. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  237. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  238. Peking Man Site
  239. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  240. Kandy
  241. Old Town of Galle
  242. Meteora
  243. Thessalonika
  244. Guanajuato
  245. Chichen-Itza
  246. Xanthos-Letoon
  247. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  248. Tower of London
  249. Epidaurus
  250. Strasbourg
  251. Canterbury
  252. Medina of Sousse
  253. Kairouan
  254. Lima
  255. Victoria Falls
  256. Mystras
  257. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  258. Olympia
  259. Poblet Monastery
  260. Úbeda and Baeza
  261. Kiev
  262. Potsdam
  263. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  264. Quedlinburg
  265. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  266. St. Petersburg
  267. Vilnius
  268. Kizhi Pogost
  269. Kremlin and Red Square
  270. Maulbronn Monastery
  271. Royal Palace at Caserta
  272. San Gimignano
  273. Skogskyrkogarden
  274. Drottningholm
  275. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  276. Zamosc
  277. Kasbah of Algiers
  278. Morelia
  279. Danube Delta
  280. Villages with Fortified Churches
  281. Monastery of Horezu
  282. Churches of Moldavia
  283. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  284. Reims
  285. Novgorod
  286. Safranbolu
  287. Prague
  288. Cesky Krumlov
  289. Banska Stiavnica
  290. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  291. Telc
  292. Vlkolinec
  293. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  294. Bamberg
  295. Mir Castle
  296. Solovetsky Islands
  297. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  298. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  299. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  300. Horyu-ji Area
  301. Himeji-jo
  302. Mérida
  303. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  304. Lumbini
  305. Angkor
  306. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  307. Matera
  308. Völklingen Ironworks
  309. Ancient Kyoto
  310. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  311. Roskilde Cathedral
  312. Kronborg Castle
  313. Jelling
  314. City of Luxembourg
  315. Nasca Lines
  316. Popocatepetl monasteries
  317. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  318. Mtskheta
  319. Gelati Monastery
  320. Vicenza
  321. Siena
  322. Messel Pit
  323. Sintra
  324. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  325. Naples
  326. Edinburgh
  327. Bauhaus Sites
  328. Crespi d'Adda
  329. Visby
  330. Kutna Hora
  331. Ferrara
  332. Jongmyo Shrine
  333. Schokland
  334. Colonia del Sacramento
  335. Lake Baikal
  336. Oporto
  337. Pannonhalma
  338. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  339. Everglades
  340. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  341. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  342. Genbaku Dome
  343. Itsukushima Shrine
  344. Haghpat and Sanahin
  345. Independence Hall
  346. Cuenca
  347. Luther Memorials
  348. Salzburg
  349. Semmering Railway
  350. Schönbrunn
  351. The trulli of Alberobello
  352. Ravenna
  353. Pienza
  354. Paphos
  355. Uxmal
  356. Querétaro
  357. Meknes
  358. Dougga/Thugga
  359. Maritime Greenwich
  360. Verona
  361. Mont-Saint-Michel
  362. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  363. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  364. Chartres Cathedral
  365. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  366. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  367. Hwaseong Fortress
  368. Kinderdijk
  369. Willemstad
  370. Tallinn
  371. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  372. Botanical Garden, Padua
  373. Aquileia
  374. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  375. Modena
  376. Urbino
  377. Pompei
  378. Versailles
  379. Costiera Amalfitana
  380. Agrigento
  381. Villa Romana del Casale
  382. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  383. Torun
  384. Volubilis
  385. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  386. Classical Weimar
  387. Malbork Castle
  388. Choirokoitia
  389. Riga
  390. Flemish Béguinages
  391. The Four Lifts
  392. Grand Place, Brussels
  393. Holy Trinity Column
  394. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  395. Holasovice
  396. Tlacotalpan
  397. L'viv
  398. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  399. Ancient Nara
  400. Lyon
  401. Provins
  402. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  403. Alcala de Henares
  404. Summer Palace
  405. Temple of Heaven
  406. Bellinzone
  407. Diamantina
  408. Campeche
  409. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  410. Wartburg Castle
  411. Beemster Polder
  412. Litomysl Castle
  413. Sighisoara
  414. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  415. Dacian Fortresses
  416. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  417. Isole Eolie
  418. Rome
  419. Nikko
  420. Robben Island
  421. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  422. Graz
  423. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  424. Mycenae and Tiryns
  425. Belfries
  426. Mostar
  427. Dubrovnik
  428. Walled City of Baku
  429. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  430. Monastery of Geghard
  431. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  432. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  433. Bardejov Town
  434. Reichenau
  435. Corfu
  436. Kazan Kremlin
  437. Ferapontov Monastery
  438. St. George, Bermuda
  439. Maloti Drakensberg
  440. Ohrid Region
  441. Assisi
  442. Curonian Spit
  443. Brugge
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Andaman Islands
  3. Bagan
  4. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  5. Chernobyl
  6. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  7. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  8. Dzongs of Bhutan
  9. Ephesus
  10. Fortified City of Famagusta
  11. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  12. Mecca, Kaaba
  13. Mount Rushmore
  14. Neuschwanstein Castle
  15. Rainforests of Polynesia
  16. Scrovegni's Chapel
  17. Silk Roads
  18. Svalbard
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Vatnajökull National Park