Profile 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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Recent Reviews by Juha Sjoeblom

Masjed-e Jâme' Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited January 2016. The great city of Isfahan is full of marvellous sights. Imam Square and the famous bridges are usually in the center of attention. Congregational mosque Masjed-e Jāmé is often overlooked maybe because of its remote location. This architectural masterpiece was the latest addition to Isfahan’s World Heritage Sites.

One of the great things about this site is its location surrounded by the vast Grand Bazaar of Isfahan.

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Simien National Park Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2015. Although I could see only a fraction of this spectacular national park it was still a memorable visit. It is without a doubt one of the best natural sites I have visited so far.

Simien Mountains National Park is one of the sites of inaugural 'class of 1978' which makes it even more interesting. Visiting it is not cheap by any means. In addition to often expensive transportation to the national park you must pay an entrance fee and hire a guide and a scout.

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Tiya Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2015. The small and puzzling site of Tiya left me with mixed feelings. For me it was the first taste of Ethiopia and as such it was an exciting journey. But if you are not a WHS or cultural history enthusiast the experience could be underwhelming.

Tiya is an early inscription from 1980. Although it is quite near Addis Ababa it is not very easy place to reach. In theory there should be some bus connection but I wouldn’t count on it.

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Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited July 2013. Kamyanets-Podilsky was a pleasant surprise. This site really deserves to be inscribed. It is not to be missed if you travel in Western Ukraine.

Kamyanets-Podilsky is one of the best, or at least one of the most interesting, sights in Ukraine but unfortunately many people haven’t even heard of it because it is clearly off the tourist track. There are three things that make this place worth a visit: the old town, the castle, and the most importantly, the breathtaking landscape.

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Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited July 2013. I stopped by Chernivtsi for two days on my way from Lviv to Moldova. I didn't know what to expect about this off the beaten track WHS.

I travelled six hours from Lviv to Chernivtsi by train. On the train I met three young Ukrainian fellows with whom I chatted and drank beer the whole journey. It was very interesting to hear their insights about life and politics in Ukraine.

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Juha Sjoeblom's Lists

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

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Country: Finland

Visited WHS: 132

Most impressive: Medina of Fez, Lalibela

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