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Profile Alexander Barabanov

I work in finance field. I started to seek UNESCO Heritage sites approximately from 2006. I try to tick off the sites both during business trips and leisure tours.

The plans for 2016 include: Sri Lanka, Iran, Kazakhstan, France during EURO 2016; several week-end trips to remaining Russian sites (Bolgar, Solovetsky monastery, Western Caucasus, Curonian Spit) and hopefully to European sites.

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Solovetsky Islands 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.

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Mount Taishan Alexander Barabanov

We visited Mount Taishan on our way from the business trip.

Overall cost of visiting is quite elevated now, if you want to climb it in a comfortable way: minibus to Swiss-made funicular is 60 RMB (return); access to mountain national park is 127 RMB; funicular road is 200 RMB (return). Overall cost is 387 RMB, or about 55 US Dollars!!

We were lucky to get on one of the last funicular cabins, as it stops running at 17:30 and the only way to get to the top is only climbing the last part.

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Soltaniyeh Alexander Barabanov

Soltaniyeh is an easy trip from Tehran on the way to Ardabil or Tebriz. Entrance fee was 200,000 rials (6 usd). Inside there are repairs ladders and small array of repairs works. It's possible to climb to the second level and walk around in the inside gallery and than go upstairs to outside circle. There are remains of some very fine tilework on some ceilings. However the building itself is a bit dilapidated.

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Santa Maria de Guadelupe Alexander Barabanov

As of February 2016 guided visit is 5 euro per person.

The tour starts from very beautiful collection of tapestry and various bishops' clothes. Then there is a room with huge religious books (mainly 16th century); another room with small art collection (wood carvings and paintings). Tour proceeds to impressive sacrestia (described by the guide as "regna" of Spanish sacrestias).

The final part of the tour is lead by a monk, who starts from inspirational speech (as I partly was able to understand it) and then finally rotates a special niche and you could kiss some relic from monk's hands and glance closely at the statue of Madonna.

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Profile data

Name: Alexander Barabanov

Country: Russia

Visited WHS: 419

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 April 18, 2017

Western Tien-Shan

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