Daily Archives: October 1, 2009

October is World Heritage Month at Everything Everywhere

Posted by on October 1, 2009

Yesterday I visited Olympic National Park, the 99th World Heritage site since I began my travels in March, 2007. (click on the link for the entire list)

Since I began posting daily photos almost two years ago, I have tried to devote at least one day to each World Heritage site I have visited. I have gotten horribly behind. Of the 99 I have visited, only 72 have been featured on the site. To rectify this, I am devoting the entire month of October to World Heritage sites I have not yet featured. This should take me from Historic San Marino to wherever I am at the end of the month.

Each featured World Heritage site will have a bit more text than I usually have for a daily photo, including both a summary from the UNESCO website as well as my personal thoughts. The downside to this project is that there are some places I visited that I had a hard time getting a good photo to represent the site. Sometimes there isn’t much to see, I’m there at the wrong time of day, or the site is just not intrinsically interesting. You will see this on October 14 when I feature the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands. It is only interesting at low tide and I was there at high tide. It was just a bunch of water!

Here are links to few articles I wrote after I had visited my 50th World Heritage site in 2008:

UNESCO World Heritage Site #73: San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano

Posted by on October 1, 2009

World Heritage Site #73: San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano

World Heritage Site #73: San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano

From the World Heritage inscription:

San Marino Historic Center and Mount Titano covers 55 ha, including Mount Titano and the historic center of the city which dates back to the foundation of the republic as a city-state in the 13th century. San Marino is inscribed as a testimony to the continuity of a free republic since the Middle Ages. The inscribed city center includes fortification towers, walls, gates and bastions, as well as a neo-classical basilica of the 19th century, 14th and 16th century convents, and the Palazzo Publico of the 19th century, as well as the 18th century Titano Theater. The property represents an historical center still inhabited and preserving all its institutional functions. Thanks to its position on top of Mount Titano, it was not affected by the urban transformations that have occurred from the advent of the industrial era to today.

San Marino is one of the smallest countries on Earth. It is a legacy of the time when the Italian peninsula was made up of city states. It is the world’s oldest republic and also was the home of the only elected communist government in the world at one point. The entire economy of the country seems to come from tourism now. Every business on Mount Titano (which is most of the country) seems to be orientated towards tourism. The coat of arms of San Marino has three towers on it which represent the three towers which dominate Mount Titano.

View the complete list of World Heritage Sites I’ve visited.