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Profile 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

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).

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Kremlin and Red Square 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.

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Fujisan 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.

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Tomioka Silk Mill 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.

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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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Profile data

Name: Alexander Barabanov

Country: Russia

Visited WHS: 438

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)

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