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

Profile data

Country: The Netherlands

Visited WHS: 366

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

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