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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.

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Persian Garden 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.

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Dengfeng 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.

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Tiwanaku 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

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.

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Name: Joyce van Soest

Country: The Netherlands

Visited WHS: 367

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

Recently Visited WHS

Update January 31, 2017

Al Ain

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. Fagus Factory
  80. Persian Garden
  81. Wadi Rum
  82. Masjed-e Jâme'
  83. Rabat
  84. Golestan Palace
  85. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  86. Namib Sand Sea
  87. Okavango Delta
  88. Trang An
  89. Namhansanseong
  90. Van Nellefabriek
  91. Silk Roads
  92. Qhapaq Ñan
  93. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  94. Christiansfeld
  95. Baekje Historic Areas
  96. Mammoth Cave
  97. The Persian Qanat
  98. Olympic National Park
  99. Serengeti
  100. Fontainebleau
  101. Amiens Cathedral
  102. Orange
  103. Arles
  104. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  105. Speyer Cathedral
  106. Würzburg Residence
  107. Medina of Fez
  108. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  109. Florence
  110. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  111. Damascus
  112. Anuradhapura
  113. Polonnaruva
  114. Sigiriya
  115. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  116. Old Havana
  117. Aleppo
  118. Rila Monastery
  119. Nessebar
  120. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  121. Bosra
  122. Pirin National Park
  123. Avignon
  124. Nancy
  125. Palmyra
  126. Red Fort
  127. Humayun's Tomb
  128. Qutb Minar
  129. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  130. Agra Fort
  131. Taj Mahal
  132. Fatehpur Sikri
  133. Old City of Berne
  134. Abbey of St Gall
  135. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  136. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  137. Lübeck
  138. Cuzco
  139. Machu Picchu
  140. Vatican City
  141. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  142. Cracow
  143. Cologne Cathedral
  144. Aachen Cathedral
  145. Warsaw
  146. Québec
  147. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  148. Statue of Liberty
  149. Auschwitz Birkenau
  150. Altamira Cave
  151. Segovia
  152. Burgos Cathedral
  153. El Escurial
  154. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  155. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  156. Petra
  157. Quseir Amra
  158. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  159. Medina of Marrakesh
  160. Keoladeo National Park
  161. Pont du Gard
  162. Santiago de Compostela
  163. Avila
  164. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  165. Istanbul
  166. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  167. Medina of Tunis
  168. Trier
  169. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  170. Toledo
  171. Amphitheater of El Jem
  172. Garajonay
  173. Salamanca
  174. Ngorongoro
  175. Skocjan Caves
  176. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  177. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  178. Venice and its Lagoon
  179. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  180. Budapest
  181. Hollókö
  182. Acropolis
  183. Sinharaja Forest
  184. Boyana Church
  185. Westminster
  186. Madara Rider
  187. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  188. Mount Taishan
  189. Great Wall
  190. Imperial Palace
  191. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  192. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  193. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  194. Peking Man Site
  195. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  196. Kandy
  197. Old Town of Galle
  198. Meteora
  199. Thessalonika
  200. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  201. Hortobágy
  202. Tower of London
  203. Epidaurus
  204. Medina of Sousse
  205. Kairouan
  206. Victoria Falls
  207. Mystras
  208. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  209. Olympia
  210. Potsdam
  211. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  212. Quedlinburg
  213. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  214. St. Petersburg
  215. Kremlin and Red Square
  216. Maulbronn Monastery
  217. Huangshan
  218. San Gimignano
  219. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  220. Zamosc
  221. Tiwanaku
  222. Sukhothai
  223. Ban Chiang
  224. Ayutthaya
  225. Bryggen
  226. Dong Phayayen
  227. Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng
  228. Borobudur
  229. Sangiran Early Man Site
  230. Villages with Fortified Churches
  231. Monastery of Horezu
  232. Churches of Moldavia
  233. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  234. Reims
  235. Komodo National Park
  236. Prague
  237. Cesky Krumlov
  238. Banska Stiavnica
  239. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  240. Telc
  241. Vlkolinec
  242. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  243. Bamberg
  244. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  245. Bourges Cathedral
  246. Wulingyuan
  247. Prambanan
  248. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  249. Horyu-ji Area
  250. Himeji-jo
  251. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  252. Ha Long Bay
  253. Hué
  254. Ancient Kyoto
  255. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  256. Roskilde Cathedral
  257. Kronborg Castle
  258. Jelling
  259. City of Luxembourg
  260. Nasca Lines
  261. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  262. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  263. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  264. Glacier parks
  265. Messel Pit
  266. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  267. Bauhaus Sites
  268. Crespi d'Adda
  269. Kutna Hora
  270. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  271. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  272. Jongmyo Shrine
  273. Schokland
  274. Lake Baikal
  275. Pannonhalma
  276. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  277. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  278. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  279. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  280. Cuenca
  281. La Lonja de la Seda
  282. Luther Memorials
  283. Salzburg
  284. Ravenna
  285. Pienza
  286. Paphos
  287. Meknes
  288. Maritime Greenwich
  289. Mont-Saint-Michel
  290. Mount Kenya
  291. Las Medulas
  292. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  293. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  294. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  295. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  296. Chartres Cathedral
  297. Trogir
  298. Old Town of Lijiang
  299. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  300. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  301. Hwaseong Fortress
  302. Kinderdijk
  303. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  304. Modena
  305. Urbino
  306. Versailles
  307. Torun
  308. Volubilis
  309. Vézelay
  310. Viñales Valley
  311. Classical Weimar
  312. Malbork Castle
  313. Choirokoitia
  314. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  315. Flemish Béguinages
  316. The Four Lifts
  317. Grand Place, Brussels
  318. Holy Trinity Column
  319. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  320. Holasovice
  321. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  322. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  323. Ancient Thebes
  324. Ancient Nara
  325. Lyon
  326. Provins
  327. Alcala de Henares
  328. Summer Palace
  329. Temple of Heaven
  330. Bellinzone
  331. Desembarco del Granma National Park
  332. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  333. Wartburg Castle
  334. Beemster Polder
  335. Sighisoara
  336. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  337. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  338. Dacian Fortresses
  339. Rome
  340. Nikko
  341. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  342. Fossil Hominid Sites
  343. Robben Island
  344. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  345. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  346. Graz
  347. Saint-Emilion
  348. Mycenae and Tiryns
  349. Belfries
  350. Mostar
  351. Hoi An
  352. My Son
  353. Dubrovnik
  354. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  355. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  356. Split
  357. Bardejov Town
  358. Zollverein
  359. Gyeongju
  360. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  361. Maloti Drakensberg
  362. Roman Walls of Lugo
  363. Vall de Boi
  364. Atapuerca
  365. Assisi
  366. Brugge
  367. Lushan National Park