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Masjed-e Jâme' 04-Jan-13

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. This is definitely a mosque where you can explore for a long time.

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Persian Garden 20-Jan-12

Persian Garden by 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.

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Dengfeng 16-Jan-11

Dengfeng by 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. The complex is large and I especially liked the large wall with frescos (see picture). There's also a large pagoda forest and some other temples. Going up the mountain you will get to the cave where Boddhidarma meditated for nine years and where apparently zen Buddhism started and also Shaolin boxing

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Tiwanaku 05-Jul-08

Tiwanaku by 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 05-Jul-08

Arequipa by 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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Name: Joyce van Soest

Country: The Netherlands

Visited WHS: 398

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 New WHS: Old city of Utrecht with the canals and wharfs, The Netherlands

Update 2018-11-28 05:59:31

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