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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

An informal listing of my TravBuddy reviews of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    The Pantheon is a truly amazing structure both architecturally and as a survivor from Ancient Rome. It was built as a temple by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC and rebuilt by Hadrian in 126 after lightening damage. It became a church in 609. Various ornament…
  2. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    The Colosseum. One of the icons of travel and of Western Civilization. What can one say about it that has not been said? Known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium when completed under Titus in 80. It was the largest stadium or theatre of its time, seating a…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch erected in 315 to commemorate Constantine's victory over his rival Maxentius in 312. The structure is 69 feet (21 m) high and 85 feet (25.9 m) wide. It is the last such triumphal arch erected in ancient Rom…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Vatican City, Italy
    "St. Peter's is the largest and most imposing, if not the most beautiful, church in the world" stated the Baedeker travel guides before World War I. That's a pretty accurate description! St. Peter's Basilica is vast. One really is not aware how imme…
    This review was featured on Thursday November 22nd, 2012
  5. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Vatican City, Italy
    How to begin to write a review of the chamber containing two of the world's great masterpieces? The Sistine Chapel was constructed in 1471-1483 under Sixtus IV. It was a chapel for the Pope, adjacent to Old St. Peter's Basilica. (The present St. Pete…
  6. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Vatican City, Italy
    The Vatican Museums are a great assembly of paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and artifacts dating from ancient times to Renaissance housed in the Belvedere Palace. Some of the art on display was commissioned by Popes of past eras to decorate the pla…
  7. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Pisa, Italy
    The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the true icons of travel. Its very image means "travel". I have traveled extensively over time and I had been to Italy before, but I had never been to the Leaning Tower. Actually beholding this icon in person was a…
  8. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Pisa, Italy
    When one walks through the Port Nuova to behold the Piazza del Duomo, four magnificent structures vie for one's attention. Largest of these is the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (St. Mary of the Assumption). It is the centerpiece of the …
  9. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Florence, Italy
    The Basilica di Santa Croce was a church I very much wanted to visit. The facade dominates the Piazza di Santa Croce and catches ones attention upon entering the square. The Gothic church was built from 1294 to 1442 for the Franciscans. But the s…
  10. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Florence, Italy
    The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence is home to Michelangelo's sculpture of David. It is a must-see museum for visitors to Florence. I've seen reproductions of David from Forest Lawn in Glendale, California, to the ones in Florence. But there is n…
  11. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Florence, Italy
    The Uffizi Gallery - Galleria degli Uffizi. One of the most acclaimed art museums in the world and a showcase in particular for Italian and Renaissance art. Every art history book has illustrations of the masterworks on display here. To actually see …
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Verona, Italy
    Arriving in Verona, one of the first structures that will greet you is the Arena. The Arena di Verona is not just another ruin from Roman times. It is still very much in use. The Arena was built about 30 and is a near contemporary of the Colosseum in…
    This review was featured on Sunday December 23rd, 2012
  13. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Venice, Italy
    The Doge's Place (Palazzo Ducale) shares pride of place on Piazza San Marco with the Basilica di San Marco. The pink marble palace stands out as one approaches San Marco from the Lagoon, just as it does in the paintings of Canaletto. The Palazzo D…
  14. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Venice, Italy
    The Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark's Basilica) is the principal church of Venice and one of the anchors of the Piazza di San Marco. As its name implies, it is dedicated to St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice. St. Mark's bones were said to have b…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Venice, Italy
    The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is another of the must-see sights in Venice. Like so many of the well known sights on a Venice itinerary, its fame will have preceded it. It was one among so many things I wanted to see in Venice! The Bridge of…
    This review was featured on Wednesday January 23rd, 2013
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Venice, Italy
    The Ponte di Rialto - Rialto Bridge - is one of the of Venice's most picturesque landmarks. The sight of it is enough to conjure up the the romantic in this most romantic of cities. It is the oldest bridge spanning the Grand Canal and, until the 19th…
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ferrara, Italy
    The Castello Estense is the central focus of the Ferrara historic district. The Este family ruled Ferrara from 1208 to 1597. The four-towered fortress and palace was begun in 1385, designed by the court architect Bartolomeo da Novara. A popular upris…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ferrara, Italy
    The Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio (St. George's Cathedral) might be overlooked passing though Ferrara. But that would be unfortunate. After the bustle and crowds at the popular churches of Rome, Pisa, Florence, and Venice, here was a quiet and c…
    This review was featured on Sunday February 24th, 2013
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Amsterdam is inseparable from its canals. It is impossible to visit Amsterdam and not encounter the canals in some way. They form concentric rings around the city, radiating out from the harbor area. The outermost canals have defined the city limits …
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Vienna, Austria
    St. Stephen's Cathedral, or Stephansdom, is one of the key symbols of Vienna. Located in the heart of the old city, its towers have overlooked a pageant of history since the 12th century. A church has been on the site since 1147, but the present cath…
  21. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Vienna, Austria
    Schönbrunn Palace - Schloss Schönbrunn. Imperial home of the Habsburgs and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 1,441 room Rococo palace is a must-see for visitors to Vienna. The palace had its origins as a 14th century country estate. Emperor Maximi…
  22. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague Castle, or Pražský hrad, is the fortress and palace overlooking the city from atop the Hradčany hillside. Begun as a wooden fortress in the 9th century, the castle predates the city and was the foundation of Prague. Czechs have mixed feelin…
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Prague, Czech Republic
    St. Vitus Cathedral, the cathedral of Prague, dominates the cityscape from its site in Prague Castle atop Hradcany. One really can see it from nearly any part of the central city. Construction of the Cathedral was initiated by Charles IV in 1344.…
    This review was featured on Wednesday January 25th, 2012
  24. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Prague, Czech Republic
    The Prague Orloj, commonly known as the Astronomical Clock or Old Town Clock, overlooks Old Town Square. It is said to be the oldest operating clock of its kind. The clock is in three parts. The Astronomical Clock proper is the middle disc and …
    This review was featured on Saturday December 24th, 2011
  25. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Prague, Czech Republic
    Charles Bridge or Karlův Most is one of the most well-known sights in Prague. The Gothic bridge spans the Vltava to connect the Old Town (Staré Město) with the Little Quarter (Malá Strana). The bridge is named for Charles IV who initiated its con…
  26. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Budapest, Hungary
    Construction of the Matthias Church, or Mátyás-templom, on Castle Hill, began in the 13th century, under the sponsorship of Bela IV. First Romanesque, then Gothic in style, the invading Ottomans captured it along with the rest of Budapest in 1541. …
  27. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Budapest, Hungary
    The Fishermen's Bastion, or Halászbástya, overlooking the Danube appears a lot older than it really is. It was designed by Frigyes Schulek in 1895 and is in a combination of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque styles. The Fishermen's Bastion opened in 19…
  28. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Budapest, Hungary
    It will be difficult for the visitor to Budapest not to see Heroes' Square - Hősök tere. But you'll want to visit it. It is at the end of Andrássy útca and connects the fashionable avenue with City Park (Városliget). Dominating Heroes' Square…
  29. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Budapest, Hungary
    The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, or Széchenyi Lánchíd is an iconic symbol of Budapest. You've seen it in every Budapest travel promotion and travel guide, usually on the cover. The 1230-foot (375 m) suspension bridge spans the Danube in central Budape…
  30. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Budapest, Hungary
    The Central Market Hall, or Vásárcsarnok, is the largest public market of Budapest. The Central Market opened in 1897, along with four other public enclosed markets to replace the traditional outdoor markets. The building presents a beautiful tiled…
  31. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Saint George, Bermuda
    St. Peter's Church in the Town of St. George is said to be the oldest continuously operating Protestant church in the New World. The church was founded in 1612 by the first permanent Bermuda colonists. The oldest section of the present church buildin…
  32. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Saint George, Bermuda
    The Tucker House is an excellently preserved Bermuda town house dating to the mid-18th century. It was built by Thomas Smith, a ship owner, trader, and tavern keeper. In 1775 it was purchased by Henry Tucker, the Colonial Treasurer. The Tuckers we…
  33. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Independence Hall in Philadelphia is probably the most historic building in the United States. The Second Continental Congress met here between 1775 and 1783, the Declaration of Independence was debated and then approved here on July 4, 1776, and the…
  34. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
    Monticello is the plantation home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat, founder of the University of Virginia, and third President of the United States. Jefferson built his home in the rolling hills outside Charlot…
  35. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    The San Juan National Historic Site includes the Spanish fortresses of San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) and San Cristóbal as well as the San Juan city walls. The park complex was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. El Morro was built begin…
    This review was featured on Wednesday March 17th, 2010
  36. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
    The "Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao" is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Netherlands has been present in Curaçao since the construction of Fort Amsterdam in 1634. Punda, the oldest part of the city, grew adjacent to t…
  37. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
    Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel is both an active synagogue and an accompanying museum. Located in the center of Willemstad's Punda district, it is the oldest continuously active synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Constructed in 1732, the synagogue…
    This review was featured on Saturday April 22nd, 2017
  38. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Kyoto, Japan
    Kinkakuji or The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is one of the most famous sights in Kyoto. Justly so. Situated on a quiet pond, the golden hall and its reflection are indeed a beautiful sight! But there is more to it than that. The Golden Pavilion…
  39. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Kyoto, Japan
    Nijo Castle, or Nijojo, was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Within its fortified walls is Ninomaru Palace, the residence of the Shoguns. The palace was completed in 1626 by the third Shogun. In 1868, the ceremony …
  40. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Kyoto, Japan
    The Heian Jingu Shrine is a relative newcomer among the historic temples and shrines of Kyoto. It was dedicated in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. (In 793, Emperor Kammu built a new palace on the present site of …
sarahsan says:
Nice list!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2013
rsvpme says:
Antigua, Guatemala is a UNESCO World Heritage site and all the churches there, some 25 , many in ruins, thus qualify.
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012
sylviandavid says:
GREAT LIST..... I erased my lists when they said they were getting rid of them.... drat! Sylvia
Posted on: Nov 19, 2012
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