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Juha Sjoeblom

I have been interested in world heritage from year 2008 and I have visited sites since then whenever possible. I usually travel 3-5 times a year. My main areas of interest are Northern Africa, Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.

I'm an independent traveller and when travelling, I want to use public transport as much as possible. Since the sites are not always easy to reach, I’m curious how other travellers have got to them.

I’ll write reviews when I supposedly have some fresh point of view or when the site has only very few reviews. I also tell my overall feelings about the site and how I have travelled to it.

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Rjukan / Notodden Juha Sjoeblom

Rjukan / Notodden by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2017. Rjukan – Notodden industrial heritage site is located in the beautiful Norwegian landscape. Sometimes I found the landscapes more interesting than the industrial values. This site needs a bit of background research to really understand it.

There are plenty of industrial sites around Nordic countries. Some of them have been inscribed already: Falun, Engelsberg, Røros and Verla. The first question I had, what makes just this site worth of World Heritage status? What qualities it has that the other uninscribed Nordic industrial sites don’t have?

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Grand Canal Juha Sjoeblom

Grand Canal by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2017. I visited four inscribed sites of this WHS, three granaries and one proper stretch of the actual canal.

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Wudang Mountains Juha Sjoeblom

Wudang Mountains by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2017. Wudang Mountains was one of the biggest highlights of my first trip to China which covered eight World Heritage Sites. This site offered vast area of stunning mountain landscapes, numerous beautiful temples and palaces and nice hiking routes.

I travelled to the city of Wudangshan from Xi'an by train which took eight hours. It would also be possible to take a bus from Xi’an to the city of Shiyan from where you must take a connecting local bus to Wudangshan. From Wudangshan railway station it is seven kilometres to the centre of the city where majority of the hotels are located. I stayed overnight in youth hostel and started my visit to the mountains early in the morning. I spent the whole day wandering around the mountains by foot, bus and cable car.

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Dengfeng Juha Sjoeblom

Dengfeng by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2017. The historic monuments of the city of Dengfeng was a pleasant experience. There were absolutely the smallest amount of visitors among the sites that I have visited in China. The places were calm and quiet and some of them are surrounded by beautiful nature. I visited five of the eight inscribed properties.

First of all I must tell that in this review I'm not going to mention anything about visiting the Shaolin Temple. Actually I had heard nothing but bad things about it being a major tourist trap. So I deliberately left that off from my itinerary. I was curious to see what other things there are in this WHS.

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Sheki, the Khan's Palace (T) Juha Sjoeblom

Sheki, the Khan's Palace (T) by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited October 2014. While the majority of tourists in Azerbaijan may not go outside the area of Baku, Sheki is an excellent reason to go there. It is a good place to see the other side of this country as opposite of Baku: traditional architecture and small town feeling in a beautiful setting on foothills of Caucasus Mountains. And the icing on the cake is the exquisite Khan’s Palace. That was also in my mind when I headed to Sheki.

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Name: Juha Sjoeblom

Country: Finland

Visited WHS: 149

Most Impressive: Medina of Fez, Lalibela

Proposal New WHS:

Recently Visited WHS

Update 05.08.17


  1. Longmen Grottoes
  2. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  3. Val di Noto
  4. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  5. Vienna
  6. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  7. Gobustan Rock Art
  8. Kew Gardens
  9. Um er-Rasas
  10. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  11. Pasargadae
  12. Yin Xu
  13. Primeval Beech Forests
  14. Kernavë Archeological Site
  15. Persepolis
  16. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  17. Struve Geodetic Arc
  18. West Norwegian Fjords
  19. Nesvizh
  20. Tiya
  21. Syracuse
  22. Vizcaya Bridge
  23. Sulaiman-Too
  24. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  25. Stari Grad Plain
  26. Kotor
  27. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  28. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  29. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  30. Dengfeng
  31. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  32. Persian Garden
  33. Masjed-e Jâme'
  34. Rabat
  35. Tauric Chersonese
  36. Stevns Klint
  37. Golestan Palace
  38. Silk Roads
  39. Grand Canal
  40. Rjukan / Notodden
  41. Arab-Norman Palermo
  42. Aksum
  43. Stećci
  44. Venetian Works of Defence
  45. Arles
  46. Medina of Fez
  47. Lalibela
  48. M'Zab Valley
  49. Fasil Ghebbi
  50. Djémila
  51. Tipasa
  52. Timgad
  53. Avignon
  54. Belem
  55. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  56. Cracow
  57. Cologne Cathedral
  58. Aachen Cathedral
  59. Statue of Liberty
  60. Auschwitz Birkenau
  61. Altamira Cave
  62. Asturian Monuments
  63. Burgos Cathedral
  64. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  65. Petra
  66. Quseir Amra
  67. Medina of Marrakesh
  68. Istanbul
  69. Medina of Tunis
  70. Trier
  71. Site of Carthage
  72. Amphitheater of El Jem
  73. Studenica Monastery
  74. Acropolis
  75. Westminster
  76. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  77. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  78. Thessalonika
  79. Tower of London
  80. Medina of Sousse
  81. Kairouan
  82. Kiev
  83. Delos
  84. St. Petersburg
  85. Vilnius
  86. Itchan Kala
  87. Birka and Hovgarden
  88. Engelsberg Ironworks
  89. Skogskyrkogarden
  90. Drottningholm
  91. Kasbah of Algiers
  92. Berat and Gjirokastra
  93. Butrint
  94. Sammallahdenmäki
  95. Urnes Stave Church
  96. Old Rauma
  97. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  98. Petäjävesi Old Church
  99. Bryggen
  100. Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
  101. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  102. Bukhara
  103. Samarkand
  104. Mir Castle
  105. Roskilde Cathedral
  106. Kronborg Castle
  107. Jelling
  108. Wudang Mountains
  109. Sintra
  110. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  111. Visby
  112. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  113. Medina of Essaouira
  114. Gammelstad
  115. Haghpat and Sanahin
  116. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  117. Schönbrunn
  118. Meknes
  119. Dougga/Thugga
  120. Maritime Greenwich
  121. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  122. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  123. Trogir
  124. Ping Yao
  125. Tallinn
  126. Agrigento
  127. Volubilis
  128. Riga
  129. Grand Place, Brussels
  130. L'viv
  131. Shakhrisyabz
  132. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  133. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  134. Simien National Park
  135. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  136. Laurisilva of Madeira
  137. Island of Patmos
  138. Mostar
  139. Walled City of Baku
  140. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  141. Monastery of Geghard
  142. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  143. Split
  144. Zollverein
  145. Corfu
  146. Plitvice Lakes
  147. Atapuerca
  148. Ohrid Region
  149. Curonian Spit
  1. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  2. City of Herat
  3. Ensemble du site naturel de la région du Chouf avec les monuments et les sites
  4. Ephesus
  5. Fortified City of Famagusta
  6. Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  8. Jebel Shams, Wadi Nakhur, and Wadi Ghul
  9. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. Minoan palaces of Crete
  11. Panama Canal
  12. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  13. Railways of the Andes
  14. Silk Roads
  15. Svalbard
  16. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
  17. Tobolsk
  18. Transiberian Railway
  19. Vatnajökull National Park
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Imperial Tombs
  3. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  4. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  5. Kenya Lake System
  6. Orkhon Valley
  7. Kew Gardens
  8. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  9. Persepolis
  10. Ilulissat Icefjord
  11. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  12. Liverpool
  13. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  14. Wadi Al-Hitan
  15. Soltaniyeh
  16. Timbuktu
  17. Kathmandu Valley
  18. Tajik National Park
  19. Surtsey
  20. Dengfeng
  21. Jantar Mantar
  22. Camino Real
  23. Selimiye Mosque
  24. Persian Garden
  25. Wadi Rum
  26. Moenjodaro
  27. Mount Etna
  28. Namib Sand Sea
  29. Silk Roads
  30. Grand Canal
  31. Qhapaq Ñan
  32. Old City of Jerusalem
  33. Aksum
  34. Great Barrier Reef
  35. Serengeti
  36. Sydney Opera House
  37. Medina of Fez
  38. Florence
  39. Lalibela
  40. Leptis Magna
  41. Fasil Ghebbi
  42. Cyrene
  43. Shibam
  44. Timgad
  45. Quito
  46. Damascus
  47. Palmyra
  48. Agra Fort
  49. Taj Mahal
  50. Island of Gorée
  51. Old City of Berne
  52. Cuzco
  53. Machu Picchu
  54. Yellowstone
  55. Vatican City
  56. Cracow
  57. Tyre
  58. Aachen Cathedral
  59. Iguazu National Park
  60. Statue of Liberty
  61. Auschwitz Birkenau
  62. Altamira Cave
  63. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  64. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  65. Petra
  66. Medina of Marrakesh
  67. Pont du Gard
  68. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  69. Rock Art of Alta
  70. Istanbul
  71. Göreme NP
  72. Ghadames
  73. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  74. Site of Carthage
  75. Ironbridge Gorge
  76. Stonehenge
  77. Salamanca
  78. Sana'a
  79. Ngorongoro
  80. Venice and its Lagoon
  81. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  82. L'Anse aux Meadows
  83. Kilimanjaro National Park
  84. Acropolis
  85. Westminster
  86. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  87. Great Wall
  88. Imperial Palace
  89. Mogao Caves
  90. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  91. Brasilia
  92. Mount Athos
  93. Chichen-Itza
  94. Kairouan
  95. Victoria Falls
  96. Olympia
  97. St. Petersburg
  98. Vilnius
  99. Kremlin and Red Square
  100. Birka and Hovgarden
  101. Sukhothai
  102. Bryggen
  103. Bukhara
  104. Samarkand
  105. Cesky Krumlov
  106. Tikal National Park
  107. Angkor
  108. Ha Long Bay
  109. Völklingen Ironworks
  110. Ancient Kyoto
  111. Nasca Lines
  112. Potala Palace
  113. Virgin Komi Forests
  114. Grand Canyon
  115. Lake Baikal
  116. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  117. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  118. Ravenna
  119. Dougga/Thugga
  120. Maritime Greenwich
  121. Ping Yao
  122. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  123. Pompei
  124. Versailles
  125. Costiera Amalfitana
  126. Agrigento
  127. Villa Romana del Casale
  128. Pyramids (Memphis)
  129. Ancient Thebes
  130. Ancient Merv
  131. Historic Cairo
  132. Simien National Park
  133. Isole Eolie
  134. Rome
  135. Robben Island
  136. Dubrovnik
  137. Saint Catherine Area
  138. Brugge
  139. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  140. Tassili n'Ajjer
  141. Virunga National Park
  142. Rwenzori Mountains
  143. Meroe
  144. Great Himalayan National Park