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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: 371

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 May 1, 2017

Antequera Dolmens Site
Cordoba
Granada
Seville

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