Total Eclipses of the Sun:
121 Countries Visited by
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|The Country Number is the order of the first visit|
|Countries in Red no longer exist or have broken up|
When a country splits, the new country that contains the capital is considered to 'inherit' the old country
|Countries in Blue have disputed sovereignty, are occupied, are not fully recognised or are a colony claimed by another country|
|Years of Visit followed by * included a Total Eclipse of the Sun|
|Visits to Sovereign Military Territories in a country are ignored but mentioned in the notes beneath the Country Name|
|Only legal visits are counted|
Airport transit stops (including USA which has no transit facilities) are not counted as visits
|Multiple visits during one trip count as a single visit|
|Country of birth and residence (United Kingdom) is country number zero|
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|121||New Zealand||Kaikoura :
Sperm whale diving.
Including Iraqi Kurdistan
|Samarra : Ancient City : Great Mosque :
The mosque is famous for its spiral minaret.
|119||Saudi Arabia||Asir Region : Rijal al-Ma :
The houses are unique to the region.
|118||Kuwait||Kuwait City : Kuwait Towers :
Kuwait Towers are the symbol of the city.
|117||Canada||Toronto : Old Toronto :
The Flat Iron building.
|116||Iceland||Golden Circle : Gullfoss :
Gullfoss double waterfall.
Santa Coloma Church dates from the 12th century.
|114||Brunei||Bander Seri Begawan : Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque :
The Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque sits next to a small lake.
|113||Lebanon||Chouf Mountains : Beiteddine Palace :
The beautiful courtyard of the Dar el-Wousta, the inner palace.
|112||Ireland||Dublin : Christchurch Cathedral :
Christchurch Cathedral is on the site of Dublin's oldest church.
Independent but claimed by Serbia
The centre of the old town with the 16th century Ura e Gurit (Stone Bridge).
|109||Qatar||Doha : Falcon Souq :
Qatari man with falcon.
|108||Uganda||Bwindi National Park :
Young gorilla in a tree.
|107||Liechtenstein||Balzers : Gutenberg Castle :
View of Gutenberg Castle from the edge of town.
New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
|Northern Territory : Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park : Uluru :
Since 1993 the monolith has had dual names: Uluru / Ayres Rock.
|105||Armenia||Lake Sevan : Sevanavank : Astvatsatsin Church :
Lighting candles in the Astvatsatsin Church.
|104||Georgia||Military Highway : Kazbegi : Tsminda Sameba Church :
The Tsminda Sameba church and Mount Kazbegi (5033m).
|103||Azerbaijan||Sheki : Nukha Fortress : Xan Serai :
The Xan Serai is the 18th century palace of Haji Chelabi.
|102||Ethiopia||Lalibela : Bet Giyorgis :
The rock hewn church of Bet Giyorgis stands in a pit of excavated rock.
|101||Bahrain||Muharraq Island : Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House :
Entrance to a room on the upper level.
|100||Iran||Esfahan : Naqsh-e Jahan Square : Ali Qapu Palace :
View from the terrace over the southern end of Imam Square.
Detail of a blue domed Orthodox church, typical of Moldova.
|98||Ukraine||Kiev : Monastery of the Caves : Trinity Gate Church :
The Trinity Gate Church is the 12th century entrance to the Monastery.
|97||Monaco||Monaco : Monte Carlo : Casino :
The famous Casino at Monte Carlo.
|96||Uzbekistan||Samarkand : Registan : Ulugbek Madressa :
The madressa is the oldest structure in the Registan, dating from 1420, and built by Ulugbek, the grandson of Timur.
|95||Tajikistan||Khorog : Afghan Market :
Women at the market.
|94||Kyrgyzstan||Sari Tash :
Rural scene overlooked by the Pamir Mountains.
|93||Kazakhstan||Siberia to Almaty Railway : Zharma :
Islamic cemetary north of Zharma. The steppe is dotted with many examples.
|92||Yemen||Wadi Dhahr : Dar al-Hajar :
The Dar al-Hajar (Rock Palace).
|91||Oman||Muscat : Old City :
The Al-Mirani Fort overlooks the tiled Al Khor Mosque.
Kotor is set in Europe's most southerly fjord.
|89||Albania||Berati : Kalasa : St Theodor's Church :
The stone 14th century St Theodor's Church is Orthodox.
Previously known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
|Ohrid : Sveti Jovan at Kaneo Church :
The 13th Century Sveti Jovan at Kaneo Church at Lake Ohrid.
|87||Bulgaria||Rila : Rila Monastery :
The Nativity Church is set in a multi-cloistered irregularly shaped courtyard.
|86||Lithuania||Trakai : Trakai Castle :
The castle on Pilies Sala Island dates from around 1400.
|85||Latvia||Riga : Old Town :
St Peter's Church and the House of the Blackheads.
|84||Finland||Turku : Turku Castle :
Turku Castle once guarded Finland's former capital.
|83||Estonia||Tallinn : Raekojaplats :
Raekojaplats (town hall square) dates from the 11th Century.
|82||Tunisia||Monastir : Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba :
The Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president.
|81||Namibia||Namib Desert : Sossusvlei : Dune 45 :
Dune 45 is 197m high.
|80||Botswana||Okavango Delta :
Boy on a mokorro.
|79||Tanzania||Serengeti National Park :
Lion blending into the Serengeti Plains.
|78||Kenya||Southern Kenya :
Maasai herdsmen in the south of Kenya.
|77||Zambia||Mosi-o-Tunya National Park :
White Rhino by the Zambezi River.
|76||Zimbabwe||Great Zimbabwe : Imba Huru :
The entrance to the 11th Century site.
|75||South Africa||Winelands : Boschendal :
The Dutch style manor house at Boschendal dates from 1812. Boschendal is a large wine growing estate.
Including the Srpska Republic
|Mostar : Stari Most :
Stari Most is an Ottoman bridge dating from 1566.
The spectacular old city of Dubrovnik from its walls.
|72||Slovenia||Lake Bled : Church of the Assumption :
The Church of the Assumption and Bled Castle.
|71||Slovakia||Bratislava : Hlavne Square : Old Town Hall :
The courtyard of the old town hall.
|70||Portugal||Lisbon : Alfama :
|69||Uruguay||Colonia del Sacramento :
Classic cars in the quiet streets of Colonia.
|68||Paraguay||Jesus : Jesus Mission :
Ruins of the main church.
|67||Argentina||Buenos Aires : La Boca :
The entrance to El Caminito in 1998.
|66||Brazil||Parana : Iguazu Falls :
Iguazu means "great waters" in the local Guarani language.
|65||Venezuela||Gran Sabana : Canaima :
Canaima is surrounded by tepuis (the local word for table mountains or mesas).
Naeroyfjord is the narrowest in Norway.
|63||Sweden||Stockholm : Vasa Museum :
Wooden carvings from the Vasa ship which sunk on its maiden voyage in the 17th Century.
Including the Faroe Islands
|Zealand : Copenhagen : Nyhavn :
The Nyhavn Canal is famous for its herring bars.
|61||El Salvador||Cerro Verde National Park : Coatepeque Lake :
Coatepeque Lake, set in an ancient volcanic crater, is 6km wide.
|60||Honduras||Copan : Ball Court :
The Mayan Ball Court built by King 18 Rabbit in 738 is the second largest in Central America.
Street scene with horse carriage.
|58||Costa Rica||Monteverde Cloud Forest :
Hummingbird in the cloud forest.
Including Barro Colorado Island (USA Smithsonian)
Horseman in the coffee-growing region of Boquette at dusk.
|56||Colombia||Villa De Leyva :
Villa De Leyva is a pretty colonial town at 2140m.
Including the Galapagos Islands
|Galapagos Islands : Fernandina : Cumbre Volcano :
Lava flowing into the sea.
|54||Peru||Nazca : Nazca Lines : Hummingbird :
The Hummingbird is 50m long and dates from 3rd Century BCE.
|53||Bolivia||Lake Titicaca :
Grazing animals overlooking Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake.
Including Easter Island
|Atacama Desert : Salar de Atacama :
Flamingos against a volcano.
|51||San Marino||San Marino :
Cloudy street scene from 1994.
|50||Cambodia||Angkor : Angkor Thom : Bayon Temple :
A relief carving showing the preparation of food.
|49||Vietnam||Halong Bay :
The spectacular bay is north of Hanoi.
View over the old city state of Luxembourg.
|47||Guatemala||Lake Atitlan : Panajachel :
Woman wearing the distinctive head-dress of Santa Catarina.
|46||Belize||The Cayes : Geoff's Caye :
A manatee (sea cow) in the sea off the coast of Belize.
Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Federal District, Hidalgo, Morelos, Guerrero, Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan, Qintana Roo, Campeche
|Chiapas : Palenque : Temple of the Inscriptions :
The magnificent Temple of the Inscriptions is the highlight of Mayan architecture.
|44||United States of America
California, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Arizona, Nevada
|Utah : Canyonlands National Park : Mesa Arch :
Mesa Arch is the largest in the national park.
|42||United Arab Emirates
|Emirate of Dubai : Dubai : The Creek :
The modern Commercial Centre and Bur Dubai, the original settlement.
UK colony claimed by Spain
|The Rock :
The Rock of Gibraltar dominates the colony. The name is from the Arabic, Gebil Tariq (Tariq's Rock), named after the Moorish general who conquered Spain.
|40||Spain||Andalusia : Granada : Alhambra Palace :
The beautiful Moorish style Alhambra Palace. The south of Spain was once ruled by the Moors of Morocco.
Former Portuguese colony returned to China in 1999
|Taipa Island : Macao : Sao Paolo :
Children at the cathedral.
Including Hong Kong (post 1997) and Tibet
|Guangxi : Yangshuo County :
Rural scene with limestone hills, bamboo, and a river.
Former UK colony returned to China in 1997
Busy street scene in Kowloon, once a British colony.
Independent but claimed by China
|Taipei : Tomb of Chiang Kai Shek :
Memorial for former ruler, Chiang Kai Shek.
Including Cheju Island
|Kyongju : Anapji Pond :
Newly married couple.
|34||Japan||Kyoto : Higashi Honganji Temple :
The temple buildings are elegant and made of wood.
|33||Philippines||Luzon : Cagsawa :
The steeple is all that is left of Cagsawa Church after an eruption by Mayon Volcano in 1814.
|32||Vatican City||The Vatican : Sistine Chapel :
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. The Vatican City is the world's smallest republic, totally surrounded by Italy but separate from it.
|31||Egypt||Luxor : Temple of Hatshepsut :
The magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut.
|30||Israel / Palestine
Including the Golan Heights (Syria) and the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza
|West Bank : Hebron : Harem-el-Halil :
Harem-el-Halil contains the tomb of Abraham and other patriarchs in Hebron. This is a holy site for Jews, Christians and Muslims.
|29||Jordan||Petra : Monastery :
Carved from solid rock, the Monastery (Ad-Deir) is 50m high and 45m wide.
The city was once ruled by one of the ancient world's rare queens, Zenobia.
|27||Turkey||Lake Van : Akdamar Island : Armenian Church :
The island is famous for its 10th century Armenian church.
|26||Morocco||Fez : Royal Palace :
View of the palace from the courtyard.
|25||Pakistan||Sindh : Sehwan Sharif : Shrine of Lal Qalandar Shahbaz :
A Sindhi musician.
Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra
|Tamil Nadu : Tanjore : Brihadeshwama Temple :
The 63m high vimana is topped by a capola carved from a single piece of granite weighing 81 tons.
|23||Nepal||Annapurna Trek : Jhang Khola Valley :
A Tibetan horseman.
Previously known as Burma
|Pagan : Dhammayangyi Temple :
The Dhammayangyi Temple was built in 1160.
Buddhist monks at Wat Na Phra Meru (1503).
|20||Malaysia||Peninsular : Marang :
The idyllic East Coast fishing village of Marang.
Java, Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi
|Sumatra : Lake Toba : Samosir Island : Simanindo :
Row of Batak houses.
|18||Singapore||Singapore : Chinatown :
Carving a temple figure.
|17||Sri Lanka||Polonnaruwa : Gal Vihara :
The stone carved Reclining Buddha is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Broke up into two separate states in 1993
|Prague : Charles Bridge :
A misty Charles Bridge in 1982.
|15||Hungary||Budapest : Parliament Building :
The parliament is the world's second largest.
|14||Romania||Transylvania : Bran : Bran Castle :
The castle in Transylvania dates from 1382 and is perched on a hilly outcrop.
Broke up into fifteen separate states in 1991
|Moscow : Red Square :
Red Square is the iconic centre of Moscow.
The old city of Gdansk.
Absorbed by Germany in 1990
|East Berlin Pre-Unification : Berlin : Museum Island :
The cobbled streets of Museum Island.
Including Akrotiri and Dhekelia (UK)
|Troodos Foothills : Akabnu : Church of St George :
The Church of St George is in the centre of the village.
Typical scene in Bruges, city of canals.
|8||Netherlands||Den Haag : Mauritshuis Museum :
"Girl With A Pearl Earring" (1665) by Johannes Vermeer.
Became Germany after absorbing East Germany in 1990
1992 2013 2022
|Baden-Wurttemberg : Heidelberg :
Heidelberg is a beautiful city set in a gorge on the River Necker.
View of the castle and the old city from the Monchsberg Cliff.
Including Hydra, Kos, Aegina islands
|Meteora : Agia Triada Monastery :
Agia Triada has a spectacular setting.
Broke up into seven separate states (1990-2008)
|Belgrade : Kalemegdan Citadel :
The Clocktower Gate.
|3||Switzerland||Sion : Majorie Castle :
View of the Alps from the castle.
|2||France||Cagnes : Renoir House :
The hilltop town of Haut Cagnes viewed from the painter's garden.
|Veneto : Venice : St Mark's Square : St Mark's Basilica :
The spectacular mosaics in the interior.
Country of birth and residence
|England : London : River Thames :
Tower Bridge was completed in 1894.