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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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Joyce van Soest's Lists

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

Profile data

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 for a new WHS: Old city of Utrecht with the canals and wharfs, The Netherlands

Recently visited WHS

Update January 31, 2017
Al Ain