Juha Sjoeblom Profile

Juha Sjoeblom
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.

Visited Sites Juha Sjoeblom

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Recent Reviews Juha Sjoeblom


Qhapaq Ñan

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 29-Dec-18

Qhapaq Ñan

Site visited April 2018. I visited five inscribed sites of the Peruvian section of the Andean road network.

This WHS all about roads and archaeological sites associated with them. The Qhapaq Ñan road system is one of the most complex road infrastructures in the world. What makes it unique is its extreme geographical setting.

For some reason, this kind of sites are very intriguing for me. Whether it is Silk Roads, Grand Canal, Stećci or Struve, there is something like ’collect all the pieces together’ feeling. At first these inscriptions seem hard to grasp

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Caral-Supe

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 06-Oct-18

Caral-Supe

Site visited April 2018. For me getting to the World Heritage Site of Caral turned out to be agony and race against time but in the end it won over me.

I guess everything worth knowing about this site and its historical importance have been told already on the previous reviews so on my review I focus mainly on my trip to Caral.

My plan was to visit Caral on my way from Huaraz to Lima. I knew this could be a bit tight schedule for one day but I decided to give it a try. I left from Huaraz bus station at 9 AM and was at Barranca four hours later. The bus left me at some gas station outside the city centre so I had to walk quite a long distance with my large suitcase in the mid day heat. During my walk I tried to catch a taxi to Caral. The task proved to be very hard. There were only lots of mototaxis that tooted at me all the time. I thought that those are not suitable for my needs. I saw only few taxi cars and those were reserved. At some point I got tired of walking and trying to catch a taxi. Then I saw a hotel and went to the reception to ask about driver to Caral

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Chavin

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 16-Jul-18

Chavin

Site visited April 2018. After some more touristy sites in Peru, visiting Chavín was a pure pleasure: no crowds, souvenir sellers, touts and high entrance fees – just greenery, fresh mountain air, few tourists and, of course, a great site with nice museum.

Chavín de Huántar is located at the foothills of Cordillera Blanca mountain range at an elevation of 3200 [...]

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Rjukan / Notodden

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 18-Jul-17

Rjukan / Notodden

Site visited April 2017. Rjukan – Notodden industrial heritage site is located in the beautiful Norwegian landscape. Sometimes I found the landscapes more interesting than the industrial values. This site needs a bit of background research to really understand it.

There are plenty of industrial sites around Nordic countries. Some of them have been inscribed already: Falun, Engelsberg, Røros and Verla. The first question I had, what makes just this site worth of World Heritage status? What qualities it has that the other uninscribed Nordic industrial sites don’t have?

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Grand Canal

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 20-Jun-17

Grand Canal

Site visited April 2017. I visited four inscribed sites of this WHS, three granaries and one proper stretch of the actual canal.

At first, when I planned my trip to China, this site looked like just a tedious tick off. But when I searched more information about it, this site became very exciting. I found many interesting Grand Canal sites which would be very nice to visit. The only limitation would be time - which places would be within reach for my itinerary. I used Luoyang as one of my bases for my day trips so there were two options for canal visits: either Zhengzhou Section of Tongji Canal or Hua County and Xun County Section of Wei Canal (Yongji Canal). The former is nearer but it would be a bit problematic to get to because there are not any clear landmarks where to take a taxi without any Chinese skills

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Profile Data

Name
Juha Sjoeblom
Country
Finland
Most Impressive
Medina of Fez, Lalibela
Rating Stats
Petra 5
Acropolis 4.5
Aksum 4
Chavin 4
Cracow 4
Kotor 4
Split 4
Timgad 4
Trier 4
Agrigento 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Dengfeng 3.5
Kairouan 3.5
Kiev 3.5
L'viv 3.5
Lima 3.5
Rabat 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Visby 3.5
Volubilis 3.5
Arles 3
Belem 3
Corfu 3
Delos 3
Meknes 3
Mostar 3
Trogir 3
Vienna 3
Atapuerca 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Riga 2.5
Tipasa 2.5
Yin Xu 2.5
Tiya 1.5

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  2. City of Herat
  3. Ensemble du site naturel de la région du Chouf avec les monuments et les sites
  4. Ephesus
  5. Fortified City of Famagusta
  6. Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  8. Jebel Shams, Wadi Nakhur, and Wadi Ghul
  9. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. Minoan palaces of Crete
  11. Panama Canal
  12. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  13. Railways of the Andes
  14. Silk Roads
  15. Svalbard
  16. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
  17. Tobolsk
  18. Transiberian Railway
  19. Vatnajökull National Park
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier

Top 200 WHS

  1. Isole Eolie
  2. Birka and Hovgarden
  3. L'Anse aux Meadows
  4. Brasilia
  5. Shibam
  6. Sana'a
  7. Old City of Jerusalem
  8. Rome
  9. Istanbul
  10. Venice and its Lagoon
  11. Camino Real
  12. Island of Gorée
  13. Grand Canal
  14. Qhapaq Ñan
  15. Silk Roads
  16. Moenjodaro
  17. Sukhothai
  18. Angkor
  19. Rock Art of Alta
  20. Altamira Cave
  21. Iguazu National Park
  22. Lake Baikal
  23. Victoria Falls
  24. Kenya Lake System
  25. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  26. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  27. Nasca Lines
  28. Stonehenge
  29. Chichen-Itza
  30. Tikal National Park
  31. St. Petersburg
  32. Florence
  33. Tyre
  34. Site of Carthage
  35. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  36. Wadi Al-Hitan
  37. Fasil Ghebbi
  38. Versailles
  39. Imperial Palace
  40. Ancient Merv
  41. Palmyra
  42. Petra
  43. Persepolis
  44. Rwenzori Mountains
  45. Tajik National Park
  46. Simien National Park
  47. Great Himalayan National Park
  48. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  49. Machu Picchu
  50. Kilimanjaro National Park
  51. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  52. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  53. Great Wall
  54. Agra Fort
  55. Robben Island
  56. Statue of Liberty
  57. Auschwitz Birkenau
  58. Vilnius
  59. Old City of Berne
  60. Cesky Krumlov
  61. Brugge
  62. Cracow
  63. Dubrovnik
  64. Liverpool
  65. Bryggen
  66. Maritime Greenwich
  67. Great Barrier Reef
  68. Cuzco
  69. Ha Long Bay
  70. Soltaniyeh
  71. Selimiye Mosque
  72. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  73. Ilulissat Icefjord
  74. Virgin Komi Forests
  75. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  76. Serengeti
  77. Ngorongoro
  78. Yellowstone
  79. Galapagos Islands
  80. Ancient Kyoto
  81. Völklingen Ironworks
  82. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  83. Ironbridge Gorge
  84. Grand Canyon
  85. Ancient Thebes
  86. Salamanca
  87. Dengfeng
  88. Jantar Mantar
  89. Virunga National Park
  90. Tassili n'Ajjer
  91. Namib Sand Sea
  92. Costiera Amalfitana
  93. Orkhon Valley
  94. Kew Gardens
  95. Persian Garden
  96. Wadi Rum
  97. Quito
  98. Meroe
  99. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  100. Kremlin and Red Square
  101. Sydney Opera House
  102. Mount Athos
  103. Westminster
  104. Saint Catherine Area
  105. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  106. Vatican City
  107. Ravenna
  108. Lalibela
  109. Aachen Cathedral
  110. Göreme NP
  111. Imperial Tombs
  112. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  113. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  114. Taj Mahal
  115. Pyramids (Memphis)
  116. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  117. Mogao Caves
  118. Potala Palace
  119. Kathmandu Valley
  120. Bukhara
  121. Ping Yao
  122. Samarkand
  123. Medina of Fez
  124. Kairouan
  125. Medina of Marrakesh
  126. Damascus
  127. Historic Cairo
  128. Timgad
  129. Dougga/Thugga
  130. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  131. Pont du Gard
  132. Leptis Magna
  133. Pompei
  134. Villa Romana del Casale
  135. Cyrene
  136. Agrigento
  137. Acropolis
  138. Olympia
  139. Timbuktu
  140. Ghadames
  141. Aksum
  142. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  143. Mount Etna
  144. Surtsey