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Esteban Cervantes Jimenez Profile

Esteban Cervantes Jimenez

I am an architect and urban planner from Costa Rica. I currently work for the national chapter of the Green Building Council, promoting sustainable construction and design in the country. I have also an interest in urban design, therefore I am developing a social project for a poor community in Alajuelita, Costa Rica. I also have an experience on urban planning, and a strong interest in cultural and architectural heritage, since my childhood, when I visited several national parks and insisted to visit churches and picturesque towns with my family.

In this interest for heritage concurred many other of my passions: my love for nature (I'm an avid hiker, having visited the most amazing and unknown locations of my country), my interest in architecture and town planning, especially the Modern Movement, my interest in cultures, heritage, history and geography.

As a matter of fact, I was part of the Costa Rican team that in the 1999 International Geography Olympiad, in Toronto, reached an unexpected 4th place, after a 3rd-spot tie with the Canadian team.

Specifically about the World Heritage List, I knew about it in my teens,through an almanac, that listed the sites from every country to that point (mid 90s). This created a profound impact on me, since I was both interested in the geographical aspect of this matter and the existence of a far more diverse heritage in the world, than I thought. It fueled my knowledge about the world, more than memorazing maps could.

Since I found the Unesco WH website, sometime around 2003, the search has been unstoppable, and I have managed to document it in pictures and pictures of every site on the world heritage and the tentative list. Every time when the WH session happens and the documents from each new site and their evaluations filter, I enrich my bank of data and pictures. Of course, it is an intellectual task, but one that I find highly rewarding.

I am proficient in four languages: Spanish, English, German and French. And I am currently learning Italian. I intend to apply for a master degree on Sustainable Urban Design in Germany or the Netherlands in some point in the future. And I also expect to begin to visit other WHS in the near future.

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Recent Reviews Esteban Cervantes Jimenez

Corcovado National Park and Isla del Cano Biological Reserve (T) 15-Nov-17

Corcovado National Park and Isla del Cano Biological Reserve (T) by Esteban Cervantes Jimenez

Site visited on my December-January vacations, for a whole week, a trip that I had been wishing to do since my childhood’s readings about the Costa Rican National Park System, that helped me highlight the importance of the Osa peninsula conservation complex.

The Nature:

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Stone Spheres of the Diquís 22-Mar-15

Stone Spheres of the Diquís by Esteban Cervantes Jiménez

I visited this site back on February 1st, 2015, on a two-day-trip. This was my first new site in 14 years and I am glad that I have managed to make the first review of it. I visited it as a part of an organized tour through cultural sites and traditions of the south east of Costa Rica, that was organized by

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National archeological park of Guayabo de Turrialba (T) 24-Oct-14

National archeological park of Guayabo de Turrialba (T) by Esteban Cervantes Jimenez

I would like to add a less general information to my initial account, made years ago. By that time, I hadn't visited the site in some 10 years.

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Panamá 21-May-14

Panamá by Esteban Cervantes Jiménez

I visited both Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo in january 1999, as part of a prize for winning the 3rd spot in Costa Rica's National Scientific Fair, together with 3 members of our group. We visited also sites outside the WH site, as Cerro Ancón, the Esclusas Miraflores, the aquarium, the canopy observatory "National Park" (from where one can see the best views of the city) and the Smithsonian's Barro Colorado island. And although my peers were most interested in the shopping malls (many Costa ricans go to Panama just to shop, as it is duty free area), I managed to make them come along with me on a taxi ride to the ruins of Panama Viejo.

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National Monument at San Jose (T) 18-Jun-11

National Monument at San Jose (T) by Esteban Cervantes Jiménez

Equally to the National Theater, the National Monuement, located in the National Park in San Jose, represents the ideals of the liberal era, in this case nationalism. The monument was built to conmemorate the 1856-1857 National Campaign against the filibusters that invaded Nicaragua at that time and were planning to establish a puppet slave republic in Central America according to ideas prevailing at the time.

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Name: Esteban Cervantes Jimenez

Country: Costa Rica

Visited WHS: 5

Most Impressive: To this moment, I have been more related to WH through my "virtual" visits, researching about more than half of the WH sites to this point, creating a picture and document database for each. But if I had to pick one WH on site experience, it would be two. The first one, when I was 12 and visited the Chirripó national park (part of the Talamanca mountain range-La Amistad site) and knowing a kind of high mountain landscape which is unusual in Costa Rica. The simple fact of leaving the oak trees forest into the moorlands, was amazing. But walking in the night to reach the peak of Chirripó mountain proper, and seeing the sunset from there, with the different shades and colors in the barren mountains, was a supremely spiritual experience. The other experience would be in Rincón de la Vieja national park, part of the AC Guanacaste WHS. Here it was also about transitions: from the dry forest to the volcanic features, from the savanna descending into a lush green river valley with a waterfall, or ascending to the volcano, leaving the forest behind into a sandy wasteland.

Proposal New WHS: I think that the WH list should become more representative of the diversity of the world with the years, still think that Europe (specially Eastern Europe) still has lots to give in terms of inscribed sites. I am, however a fan of east asian sites and think that this is the area of the world that will grow the most in the next years, in terms of its representation in the list. Since I have researched a lot -for years- about cultural and architectural heritage, I can think of sites like the cemeteries and cenotaphs of the First World War in Belgium and France, Glasgow's School of Art, John Soane's house in London, the cultural heritage of Kamakura, the ruins of M'banza Kongo in Angola, and Kumbi Saleh in Mauritania, the historic center of Yazd in Iran, the archaeological sites of Aspendos and Afrodisias in Turkey, the temples of Palitana, Varanasi or Bhubenaswar in India, Alvar Aalto's architectural work, FLW main works in the USA, the Klondike in Canada, Famagusta in Cyprus, the palace of marqués de Dos Aguas in Spain, Dura Europos or Ebla in Syria, Jerash in Jordan, well...and many others.

  1. Amritsar
  2. Bagan
  3. Benin Iya / Sungbo' s Eredo
  4. Cenotes of the Yucatan
  5. Chicago School of Architecture
  6. City of Herat
  7. Dzongs of Bhutan
  8. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  9. Middle and Upper Sepik
  10. Minoan palaces of Crete
  11. Mt Kailash
  12. Okavango Delta
  13. Palitana
  14. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  15. Tana Toraja Cultural Landscape
  16. Taq-i-Kisra (Arch of Ctesiphon)
  17. The Archaeological Site of Göbeklitepe
  18. Torres del Paine National Park
  19. Vatnajökull National Park
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier
  1. Aksum
  2. Timbuktu
  3. Coffee Cultural Landscape
  4. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  5. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  6. Mycenae and Tiryns
  7. Acropolis
  8. Ephesus
  9. Pompei
  10. Amphitheater of El Jem
  11. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  12. Timgad
  13. Historic Cairo
  14. Damascus
  15. Kairouan
  16. Medina of Fez
  17. Samarkand
  18. Kathmandu Valley
  19. Hué
  20. Ajanta Caves
  21. Sigiriya
  22. Potala Palace
  23. Borobudur
  24. Longmen Grottoes
  25. Sanchi
  26. Taj Mahal
  27. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  28. Imperial Tombs
  29. Göreme NP
  30. Aachen Cathedral
  31. Lalibela
  32. Ravenna
  33. Vatican City
  34. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  35. Mount Athos
  36. Chartres Cathedral
  37. Churches of Moldavia
  38. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  39. Popocatepetl monasteries
  40. Westminster
  41. Sydney Opera House
  42. Kremlin and Red Square
  43. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  44. Meroe
  45. Puebla
  46. Ouro Preto
  47. Melaka and George Town
  48. Québec
  49. Quito
  50. Old Havana
  51. Bali Subak system
  52. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  53. Air and Téneré
  54. Wadi Rum
  55. Namib Sand Sea
  56. Lorentz National Park
  57. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  58. Jantar Mantar
  59. Ancient Thebes
  60. Pyramids (Memphis)
  61. Nubian Monuments
  62. Grand Canyon
  63. Vredefort Dome
  64. Uluru
  65. New Lanark
  66. Ironbridge Gorge
  67. Ancient Kyoto
  68. Gyeongju
  69. Komodo National Park
  70. Virunga National Park
  71. Galapagos Islands
  72. Serengeti
  73. Cape Floral Region
  74. Kinabalu Park
  75. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  76. Rio Abiseo National Park
  77. Tasmanian Wilderness
  78. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  79. Sangha Trinational
  80. Glacier parks
  81. Yosemite National Park
  82. Los Glaciares
  83. Chola Temples
  84. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  85. Prambanan
  86. Dazu Rock Carvings
  87. Itsukushima Shrine
  88. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  89. Aldabra Atoll
  90. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  91. Gough and Inaccessible Islands
  92. Soltaniyeh
  93. South China Karst
  94. Gunung Mulu
  95. Ha Long Bay
  96. Cuzco
  97. Gulf of California
  98. Te Wahipounamu
  99. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  100. Great Barrier Reef
  101. Belize Barrier Reef
  102. Cocos Island
  103. Cartagena
  104. Maritime Greenwich
  105. Hoi An
  106. Lübeck
  107. Siena
  108. Granada
  109. Dubrovnik
  110. Cracow
  111. Brugge
  112. Arab-Norman Palermo
  113. Novgorod
  114. Avignon
  115. Avila
  116. Auschwitz Birkenau
  117. Gwynedd Castles
  118. Crac des Chevaliers
  119. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  120. Himeji-jo
  121. Great Wall
  122. Bahla Fort
  123. Fortifications of Vauban
  124. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  125. Potosi
  126. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  127. Sewell Mining Town
  128. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  129. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers
  130. Cliff of Bandiagara
  131. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  132. Huangshan
  133. Canaima National Park
  134. Huascaran National Park
  135. Samarra
  136. Tchogha Zanbil
  137. Persepolis
  138. Petra
  139. Palmyra
  140. Ancient Merv
  141. Hattusha
  142. Rapa Nui
  143. Imperial Palace
  144. Versailles
  145. El Escurial
  146. Fontainebleau
  147. Ngorongoro
  148. Lower Valley of the Omo
  149. Persian Garden
  150. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  151. Kew Gardens
  152. Potsdam
  153. Site of Carthage
  154. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  155. Florence
  156. St. Petersburg
  157. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  158. Budapest
  159. Vienna
  160. Vicenza
  161. San Agustín
  162. Chaco Culture
  163. Machu Picchu
  164. Teotihuacan
  165. Tikal National Park
  166. Tiwanaku
  167. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  168. Stonehenge
  169. Çatalhöyük
  170. Nasca Lines
  171. Biblical Tells
  172. Medici Villas and Gardens
  173. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  174. Kenya Lake System
  175. Pantanal
  176. Lake Baikal
  177. Okavango Delta
  178. Lakes of Ounianga
  179. Lake Malawi
  180. Altamira Cave
  181. Vézère Valley
  182. Tassili n'Ajjer
  183. Maloti Drakensberg
  184. Angkor
  185. Ayutthaya
  186. Anuradhapura
  187. Qhapaq Ñan
  188. Grand Canal
  189. Mountain Railways of India
  190. Venice and its Lagoon
  191. Istanbul
  192. Rome
  193. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  194. Cordoba
  195. Shibam
  196. Brasilia
  197. Val di Noto
  198. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  199. Hawaii Volcanoes
  200. Yellowstone