Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Brief description

Founded, according to legend, by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome was first the centre of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and it became the capital of the Christian world in the 4th century. The World Heritage site, extended in 1990 to the walls of Urban VIII, includes some of the major monuments of antiquity such as the Forums, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, as well as the religious and public buildings of papal Rome.

Unesco WHS list ref:  91

I have visited this site several times. One evening, I went to a reception on a rooftop terrace, with wonderful views over the forum.

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From my collection

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Lots of cards available from this site – more scans will be added later.

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Rome 1

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Selous Game Reserve

Brief description

Large numbers of elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, hippopotamuses and crocodiles live in this immense sanctuary, which measures 50,000 km2 and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The park has a variety of vegetation zones, ranging from dense thickets to open wooded grasslands.

Unesco WHS list ref:  199

We spent almost a week in this site in 2015 – a wonderful place to see lots of wildlife, with many fewer vans than in the more famous safari sites like Kruger or the Masaii Mara.

From my collection

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Serengeti National Park

Brief description

The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise 1.5 million ha of savannah. The annual migration to permanent water holes of vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles and zebras), followed by their predators, is one of the most impressive natural events in the world.

Unesco WHS list ref: 156

I have never visited this site – although I have been to the Masaai Mara, the other half of this gigantic park.

From my collection

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West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

Brief description

The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1334

I haven’t visited this site in China

From my collection

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Thanks Wenting for this lovely 2-for-1 card. Hangzhou on the right, and the Mogao grottos are part of the silk road serial site (as well as being a site in their own right)

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Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

Brief description

The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht. This was a long-term programme that involved extending the city by draining the swampland, using a system of canals in concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of a homogeneous urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1349

I have visited Amsterdam. When you are there, its lovely to wander along narrow streets and cross the many canals. Its only in an aerial photo though that you can fully appreciate the structure of the city.

From my collection

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Nahanni National Park

Brief description

Located along the South Nahanni River, one of the most spectacular wild rivers in North America, this park contains deep canyons and huge waterfalls, as well as a unique limestone cave system.

Unesco WHS list ref:  24

I haven’t visited this site in Canada

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Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites

Brief description

The site consists of a group of Georgian-style naval buildings and structures, set within a walled enclosure. The natural environment of this side of the island of Antigua, with its deep, narrow bays surrounded by highlands, offered shelter from hurricanes and was ideal for repairing ships. The construction of the Dockyard by the British navy would not have been possible without the labour of generations of enslaved Africans since the end of the 18th century. Its aim was to protect the interests of sugar cane planters at a time when European powers were competing for control of the Eastern Caribbean.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1499

We visited this site during a holiday in 2013. I can recommend the Admiral’s inn for a lunch stop with views over the harbour and super yachts.

From my collection

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