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Masjed-e Jâme' Joyce van Soest

The Jameh Mosque is the third World Heritage Site in the beautiful city of Esfahan (Meidan Emam en Sotun Palace (part of the The Persian Garden World Heritage Site) are the other ones).

The mosque is one of the oldest in Iran, with architecture from the last 12 ages. Walking through the enormous complex you can see a lot of different styles. You can find old brick halls but also beautiful fine mosaics. This is definitely a mosque where you can explore for a long time.

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Persian Garden Joyce van Soest

Persian Garden by Joyce van Soest

All over Iran you can find beautiful gardens. Nine of them are inscribed on the list and I visited six of them.

To fully appreciate it, you should visit the gardens not in wintertime, which unfortunately I did. Most of the fountains in the gardens won't have water in it and the trees are mostly without leaves and there will barely be any flowers.

I did enjoy them nonetheless.

I first visited Bagh-e Eram in Shiraz. There was no water in the canals but the turquoise pond in front of the beautiful Eram palace and the surrounding palm trees from the Canary Islands were lovely.

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Dengfeng Joyce van Soest

Dengfeng by Joyce van Soest

I visited Dengfeng in 2009 and I didn't know it was going to be a WHS at that time. The reason I came here was the famous Shaolin monastery. Besides Chinese tourist groups, there was little tourist infrastructure for the individual tourist (it was hard finding a hotel and restaurant) so I didn't know about the other important places in the area. Visiting the Shaolin temple was impressive though. The complex is large and I especially liked the large wall with frescos (see picture). There's also a large pagoda forest and some other temples. Going up the mountain you will get to the cave where Boddhidarma meditated for nine years and where apparently zen Buddhism started and also Shaolin boxing

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Tiwanaku Joyce van Soest

Tiwanaku by Joyce

Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) is a complex of buildings, temples and a pyramid from pre-Inca times and is therefore Bolivia's most important archeological site.

The site consists of two museums and the archeological grounds with the buildings. One museum hosts mostly ceramic artifacts and the other one only hosted one sculpture by the time I visited it (June 2008). More artifacts and sculptures will be brought from the archeological site to the museums in the near future for preservation.

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Arequipa Joyce van Soest

Arequipa by Joyce

Ah, beautiful Arequipa, the colonial city surrounded by snowy volcanoes. The city has some beautiful churches and buildings with very ornate facades, there’s a nice vibe on the Plaza de Armas but the highlight of the city is the Santa Catalina Convent. Built from the white local Sillar stone, and often painted red or blue, this convent is an oasis in the busy city. It’s pretty much a small city within the city with it’s little charming streets, houses with ovens, squares with religious paintings and staircases.

The entrance fee is quite steep (you can easily buy two meals for it) but it’s definitely a place not to be missed.

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Name: Joyce van Soest

Country: The Netherlands

Visited WHS: 381

Most Impressive: Decani Monastery, Kosovo (it is not only a beautiful monastery, but going to the monastry protected by armed soldiers is an experience by itself)

Proposal New WHS: Old city of Utrecht with the canals and wharfs, The Netherlands

Lists

  1. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
  2. Xidi and Hongcun
  3. Longmen Grottoes
  4. Imperial Tombs
  5. Major Town Houses
  6. Cape Floral Region
  7. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  8. Arequipa
  9. Villa d'Este
  10. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  11. Yungang Grottoes
  12. Aranjuez
  13. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  14. Churches of Peace
  15. Kenya Lake System
  16. Tokaji Wine Region
  17. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  18. Stralsund and Wismar
  19. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  20. Trebic
  21. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  22. Kew Gardens
  23. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  24. Monte San Giorgio
  25. Novodevichy Convent
  26. Pasargadae
  27. Macao
  28. Kaiping Diaolou
  29. Muskauer Park
  30. Primeval Beech Forests
  31. Persepolis
  32. Kii Mountain Range
  33. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  34. Regensburg
  35. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  36. Centennial Hall
  37. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  38. Le Havre
  39. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  40. Bali Subak system
  41. West Norwegian Fjords
  42. Cienfuegos
  43. Central Highlands
  44. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  45. Vizcaya Bridge
  46. Rideau Canal
  47. Melaka and George Town
  48. Crac des Chevaliers
  49. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  50. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  51. South China Karst
  52. Kotor
  53. Bordeaux
  54. Teide National Park
  55. Jeju
  56. Camagüey
  57. Rhaetian Railway
  58. Fortifications of Vauban
  59. Stoclet House
  60. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  61. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  62. Dengfeng
  63. Valletta
  64. Tower of Hercules
  65. Wadden Sea
  66. Longobards in Italy
  67. Royal Joseon Tombs
  68. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  69. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  70. Hahoe and Yangdong
  71. Jantar Mantar
  72. Al Ain
  73. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  74. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  75. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  76. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  77. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  78. Selimiye Mosque
  79. Elvas
  80. Fagus Factory
  81. Persian Garden
  82. Wadi Rum
  83. Masjed-e Jâme'
  84. Rabat
  85. Golestan Palace
  86. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  87. Namib Sand Sea
  88. Okavango Delta
  89. Trang An
  90. Namhansanseong
  91. Van Nellefabriek
  92. Silk Roads
  93. Qhapaq Ñan
  94. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  95. Christiansfeld
  96. Baekje Historic Areas
  97. Mammoth Cave
  98. Antequera Dolmens Site
  99. The Persian Qanat
  100. Olympic National Park
  101. Venetian Works of Defence
  102. Yazd
  103. Serengeti
  104. Fontainebleau
  105. Amiens Cathedral
  106. Orange
  107. Arles
  108. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  109. Speyer Cathedral
  110. Würzburg Residence
  111. Medina of Fez
  112. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  113. Florence
  114. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  115. Damascus
  116. Anuradhapura
  117. Polonnaruva
  118. Sigiriya
  119. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  120. Old Havana
  121. Angra do Heroismo
  122. Aleppo
  123. Rila Monastery
  124. Nessebar
  125. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  126. Bosra
  127. Pirin National Park
  128. Avignon
  129. Nancy
  130. Palmyra
  131. Red Fort
  132. Humayun's Tomb
  133. Qutb Minar
  134. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  135. Agra Fort
  136. Taj Mahal
  137. Fatehpur Sikri
  138. Belem
  139. Monastery of Batalha
  140. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  141. Old City of Berne
  142. Abbey of St Gall
  143. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  144. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  145. Lübeck
  146. Cuzco
  147. Machu Picchu
  148. Vatican City
  149. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  150. Cracow
  151. Cologne Cathedral
  152. Aachen Cathedral
  153. Warsaw
  154. Québec
  155. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  156. Statue of Liberty
  157. Auschwitz Birkenau
  158. Altamira Cave
  159. Segovia
  160. Cordoba
  161. Granada
  162. Burgos Cathedral
  163. El Escurial
  164. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  165. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  166. Petra
  167. Quseir Amra
  168. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  169. Medina of Marrakesh
  170. Keoladeo National Park
  171. Pont du Gard
  172. Santiago de Compostela
  173. Avila
  174. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  175. Istanbul
  176. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  177. Medina of Tunis
  178. Evora
  179. Trier
  180. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  181. Toledo
  182. Amphitheater of El Jem
  183. Garajonay
  184. Salamanca
  185. Seville
  186. Ngorongoro
  187. Skocjan Caves
  188. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  189. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  190. Venice and its Lagoon
  191. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  192. Budapest
  193. Hollókö
  194. Acropolis
  195. Sinharaja Forest
  196. Boyana Church
  197. Westminster
  198. Madara Rider
  199. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  200. Mount Taishan
  201. Great Wall
  202. Imperial Palace
  203. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  204. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  205. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  206. Peking Man Site
  207. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  208. Kandy
  209. Old Town of Galle
  210. Meteora
  211. Thessalonika
  212. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  213. Hortobágy
  214. Tower of London
  215. Epidaurus
  216. Medina of Sousse
  217. Kairouan
  218. Monastery of Alcobaça
  219. Victoria Falls
  220. Mystras
  221. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  222. Olympia
  223. Potsdam
  224. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  225. Quedlinburg
  226. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  227. St. Petersburg
  228. Kremlin and Red Square
  229. Maulbronn Monastery
  230. Huangshan
  231. San Gimignano
  232. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  233. Zamosc
  234. Tiwanaku
  235. Sukhothai
  236. Ban Chiang
  237. Ayutthaya
  238. Bryggen
  239. Dong Phayayen
  240. Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng
  241. Borobudur
  242. Sangiran Early Man Site
  243. Villages with Fortified Churches
  244. Monastery of Horezu
  245. Churches of Moldavia
  246. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  247. Reims
  248. Komodo National Park
  249. Prague
  250. Cesky Krumlov
  251. Banska Stiavnica
  252. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  253. Telc
  254. Vlkolinec
  255. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  256. Bamberg
  257. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  258. Bourges Cathedral
  259. Wulingyuan
  260. Prambanan
  261. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  262. Horyu-ji Area
  263. Himeji-jo
  264. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  265. Ha Long Bay
  266. Hué
  267. Ancient Kyoto
  268. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  269. Roskilde Cathedral
  270. Kronborg Castle
  271. Jelling
  272. City of Luxembourg
  273. Nasca Lines
  274. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  275. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  276. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  277. Glacier parks
  278. Messel Pit
  279. Sintra
  280. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  281. Bauhaus Sites
  282. Crespi d'Adda
  283. Kutna Hora
  284. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  285. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  286. Jongmyo Shrine
  287. Schokland
  288. Lake Baikal
  289. Pannonhalma
  290. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  291. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  292. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  293. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  294. Cuenca
  295. La Lonja de la Seda
  296. Luther Memorials
  297. Salzburg
  298. Ravenna
  299. Pienza
  300. Paphos
  301. Meknes
  302. Maritime Greenwich
  303. Mont-Saint-Michel
  304. Mount Kenya
  305. Las Medulas
  306. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  307. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  308. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  309. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  310. Chartres Cathedral
  311. Trogir
  312. Old Town of Lijiang
  313. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  314. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  315. Hwaseong Fortress
  316. Kinderdijk
  317. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  318. Modena
  319. Urbino
  320. Versailles
  321. Torun
  322. Volubilis
  323. Vézelay
  324. Viñales Valley
  325. Classical Weimar
  326. Malbork Castle
  327. Choirokoitia
  328. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  329. Flemish Béguinages
  330. The Four Lifts
  331. Grand Place, Brussels
  332. Holy Trinity Column
  333. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  334. Holasovice
  335. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  336. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  337. Ancient Thebes
  338. Ancient Nara
  339. Lyon
  340. Provins
  341. Alcala de Henares
  342. Summer Palace
  343. Temple of Heaven
  344. Bellinzone
  345. Desembarco del Granma National Park
  346. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  347. Wartburg Castle
  348. Beemster Polder
  349. Sighisoara
  350. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  351. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  352. Dacian Fortresses
  353. Rome
  354. Nikko
  355. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  356. Fossil Hominid Sites
  357. Robben Island
  358. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  359. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  360. Graz
  361. Saint-Emilion
  362. Mycenae and Tiryns
  363. Belfries
  364. Mostar
  365. Hoi An
  366. My Son
  367. Dubrovnik
  368. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  369. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  370. Split
  371. Bardejov Town
  372. Zollverein
  373. Gyeongju
  374. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  375. Maloti Drakensberg
  376. Roman Walls of Lugo
  377. Vall de Boi
  378. Atapuerca
  379. Assisi
  380. Brugge
  381. Lushan National Park
  1. Bagan
  2. Concordia
  3. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Dzongs of Bhutan
  6. Great Gobi Desert
  7. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  8. Jericho
  9. Klondike and the Gold Rush Trails
  10. Mecca, Kaaba
  11. Mount Gerizim: the holiest Samaritan site near Nablus
  12. Okavango Delta
  13. Panama Canal
  14. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  15. Silk Roads
  16. Torres del Paine National Park
  17. Transiberian Railway
  18. Varanasi
  19. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier
  20. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period: Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe Kyau