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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: 390

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