UNESCO Heritage Site #195: Český Krumlov, a South Bohemian gem

UNique – 9/10 If you want to experience the quintessential charm of a Central European town, there is no better place than Český Krumlov. With the castle tower perched high on the river promontory above the town, and the small bridges hopping over the meandering river beneath, the landscape is idyllic to the point of … More UNESCO Heritage Site #195: Český Krumlov, a South Bohemian gem

UNESCO Heritage Site #194: Bohemian Folk Baroque village

UNique – 6/10 In the fields of South Bohemia, not too far away from either České Budějovice or Česky Krumlov, lies a small village of Holašovice. With the population of around 140 residents and the area consisting of just a few dozen houses grouped around a village square, you would be well within your right … More UNESCO Heritage Site #194: Bohemian Folk Baroque village

UNESCO Heritage Site #192: The Rose City of the Levant

UNique – 8/10 Nestled in the valley of Wadi Musa, protected by the narrow gorges and high vantage points, is Petra, the capital city of the ancient Nabatean kingdom. The kingdom was at the height of its political and economic significance and prosperity from the 4th century BC and until the Roman conquest in 2nd … More UNESCO Heritage Site #192: The Rose City of the Levant

UNESCO Heritage Site #178: World’s first designated university town

UNique – 2/10 Sometimes, a UNESCO site collector has to make a difficult choice of seeing one site while missing others due to time pressure. Such was the case, as we were waking up in our hotel room in Madrid and brainstorming about which of the three sites to visit on our last day before … More UNESCO Heritage Site #178: World’s first designated university town

UNESCO Heritage Site #177: Burgos Cathedral, the Gothic collection worthy of a museum

  UNique – 5/10 The impressive 88-meter twin towers of the Burgos cathedral not only dominate the landscape of the town but also represent one of the most significant Gothic buildings on the Iberian peninsula. While from the outside, it appears similar to many other significant cathedrals, like Reims, it is the inside decoration that … More UNESCO Heritage Site #177: Burgos Cathedral, the Gothic collection worthy of a museum

UNESCO Heritage Site #176: Vizcaya Bridge, 19th-century industrial marvel

  UNique – 7/10 In 1893, Vizcaya Bridge was built at the mouth of the busy Nervion River, just 11 kilometers away from Bilbao. It was meant to connect the sides of the river without disrupting the shipping traffic coming in and out of Bilbao, which was at the time  Spain’s biggest port. The man … More UNESCO Heritage Site #176: Vizcaya Bridge, 19th-century industrial marvel

UNESCO Heritage Site #141: Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye

UNique – 6/10 Located a few kilometers away from Moscow, Kolomenskoye was a small village until in 1532 the Russian Grand Prince decided to build a church as a token of his gratitude for the birth of a son, an heir to the throne, who would eventually come to be called Ivan the Terrible. (In … More UNESCO Heritage Site #141: Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye