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

Sheki, the Khan's Palace (T) Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited October 2014. While the majority of tourists in Azerbaijan may not go outside the area of Baku, Sheki is an excellent reason to go there. It is a good place to see the other side of this country as opposite of Baku: traditional architecture and small town feeling in a beautiful setting on foothills of Caucasus Mountains. And the icing on the cake is the exquisite Khan’s Palace. That was also in my mind when I headed to Sheki.

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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 (T) 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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Name: Juha Sjoeblom

Country: Finland

Visited WHS: 132

Most Impressive: Medina of Fez, Lalibela

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Recently Visited WHS

Update December 31, 1969

Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
Val di Noto
Falun Great Copper Mountain
Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Gobustan Rock Art
Kew Gardens
Um er-Rasas
Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
Kernavë Archeological Site
Meidan Emam, Esfahan
West Norwegian Fjords
Vizcaya Bridge
Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
Stari Grad Plain
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
Persian Garden
Masjed-e Jâme'
Tauric Chersonese
Stevns Klint
Golestan Palace
Arab-Norman Palermo
Medina of Fez
M'Zab Valley
Fasil Ghebbi
Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
Cologne Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral
Statue of Liberty
Auschwitz Birkenau
Altamira Cave
Asturian Monuments
Burgos Cathedral
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
Quseir Amra
Medina of Marrakesh
Medina of Tunis
Site of Carthage
Amphitheater of El Jem
Studenica Monastery
Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
Tower of London
Medina of Sousse
St. Petersburg
Itchan Kala
Birka and Hovgarden
Engelsberg Ironworks
Kasbah of Algiers
Berat and Gjirokastra
Urnes Stave Church
Old Rauma
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Petäjävesi Old Church
Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
Paris, Banks of the Seine
Mir Castle
Roskilde Cathedral
Kronborg Castle
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
Medina of Essaouira
Haghpat and Sanahin
Archaeological Site of Aigai
Maritime Greenwich
Yuso and Suso Monasteries
Grand Place, Brussels
Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
Simien National Park
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Laurisilva of Madeira
Island of Patmos
Walled City of Baku
Stari Ras and Sopocani
Monastery of Geghard
Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
Ohrid Region
Curonian Spit


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