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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: 396

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 2018-07-10 11:27:14

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