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Masjed-e Jâme' Joyce van Soest

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 Joyce van Soest

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.

I did enjoy them nonetheless.

I first visited Bagh-e Eram in Shiraz. There was no water in the canals but the turquoise pond in front of the beautiful Eram palace and the surrounding palm trees from the Canary Islands were lovely.

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Dengfeng Joyce van Soest

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 Joyce van Soest

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 Joyce van Soest

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.

The entrance fee is quite steep (you can easily buy two meals for it) but it’s definitely a place not to be missed.

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Name: Joyce van Soest

Country: The Netherlands

Visited WHS: 393

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 2018-02-12 07:45:36

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