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: 141

Most Impressive: Medina of Fez, Lalibela

Proposal New WHS:


  1. Longmen Grottoes
  2. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  3. Val di Noto
  4. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  5. Vienna
  6. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  7. Gobustan Rock Art
  8. Kew Gardens
  9. Um er-Rasas
  10. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  11. Pasargadae
  12. Yin Xu
  13. Kernavë Archeological Site
  14. Persepolis
  15. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  16. West Norwegian Fjords
  17. Nesvizh
  18. Tiya
  19. Syracuse
  20. Vizcaya Bridge
  21. Sulaiman-Too
  22. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  23. Stari Grad Plain
  24. Kotor
  25. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  26. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  27. Dengfeng
  28. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  29. Persian Garden
  30. Masjed-e Jâme'
  31. Rabat
  32. Tauric Chersonese
  33. Stevns Klint
  34. Golestan Palace
  35. Silk Roads
  36. Grand Canal
  37. Rjukan / Notodden
  38. Arab-Norman Palermo
  39. Aksum
  40. Stećci
  41. Arles
  42. Medina of Fez
  43. Lalibela
  44. M'Zab Valley
  45. Fasil Ghebbi
  46. Djémila
  47. Tipasa
  48. Timgad
  49. Avignon
  50. Belem
  51. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  52. Cracow
  53. Cologne Cathedral
  54. Aachen Cathedral
  55. Statue of Liberty
  56. Auschwitz Birkenau
  57. Altamira Cave
  58. Asturian Monuments
  59. Burgos Cathedral
  60. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  61. Petra
  62. Quseir Amra
  63. Medina of Marrakesh
  64. Istanbul
  65. Medina of Tunis
  66. Trier
  67. Site of Carthage
  68. Amphitheater of El Jem
  69. Studenica Monastery
  70. Acropolis
  71. Westminster
  72. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  73. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  74. Thessalonika
  75. Tower of London
  76. Medina of Sousse
  77. Kairouan
  78. Kiev
  79. Delos
  80. St. Petersburg
  81. Vilnius
  82. Itchan Kala
  83. Birka and Hovgarden
  84. Engelsberg Ironworks
  85. Skogskyrkogarden
  86. Drottningholm
  87. Kasbah of Algiers
  88. Berat and Gjirokastra
  89. Butrint
  90. Sammallahdenmäki
  91. Urnes Stave Church
  92. Old Rauma
  93. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  94. Petäjävesi Old Church
  95. Bryggen
  96. Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
  97. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  98. Bukhara
  99. Samarkand
  100. Mir Castle
  101. Roskilde Cathedral
  102. Kronborg Castle
  103. Jelling
  104. Wudang Mountains
  105. Sintra
  106. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  107. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  108. Medina of Essaouira
  109. Haghpat and Sanahin
  110. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  111. Schönbrunn
  112. Meknes
  113. Dougga/Thugga
  114. Maritime Greenwich
  115. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  116. Trogir
  117. Ping Yao
  118. Tallinn
  119. Agrigento
  120. Volubilis
  121. Riga
  122. Grand Place, Brussels
  123. L'viv
  124. Shakhrisyabz
  125. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  126. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  127. Simien National Park
  128. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  129. Laurisilva of Madeira
  130. Island of Patmos
  131. Mostar
  132. Walled City of Baku
  133. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  134. Monastery of Geghard
  135. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  136. Split
  137. Zollverein
  138. Corfu
  139. Atapuerca
  140. Ohrid Region
  141. 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