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.

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Recent Reviews Juha Sjoeblom

Monastery of St. Amenaprkich (New Julfa Vank) (T)

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 31-Dec-19

Monastery of St. Amenaprkich (New Julfa Vank) (T)

Site visited January 2016. Armenian monastery of St. Amenaprkich or ’Vank Cathedral’ is the latest architectural sight of Isfahan added to the tentative list and yet again an Armenian heritage on Iranian UNESCO list.

The special position of Armenians in Iran is an interesting fact, especially if one think about the Armenians’ relationship to the other two mainly Islamic neighbours. That kind of religious tolerance in a society like Iran is very surprising. But there are some historical reasons for this. In 1606, during Ottoman-Safavid War, Shah Abbas I transported 150 000 Armenians from original Julfa (nowadays in the northern border of Iran) to the outskirts of Isfahan, and named the village ’New Julfa’. Shah Abbas appreciated Armenian merchants, craftsmen and artists, and ensured that their religious freedom was respected. He hoped that the Armenian merchants would benefit the country with their silk trading skills

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Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 24-Nov-19


To be such a late inscription Pergamon is an impressive, diverse and large site. And hordes of tourists haven’t yet discovered it which makes it enjoyable site to visit. Compared to Pamukkale and Ephesus, which are surrounded by tourist villages, Pergamon is an authentic city that lives its own life. There were some tourist groups in the Acropolis but otherwise the sites were quite empty. I visited Pergamon on my exploring of four classical sites of Western Turkey on October 2019.

Getting from Izmir to the city of Bergama is quite easy. The only reasonable public transport option is bus. Mini buses depart every hour from the second floor of the main bus station. Note that only the mini buses go to the center of Bergama. The terminus of mini buses at Bergama is so called Soma Garage

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Qadisha Valley

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 25-May-19

Qadisha Valley

Site visited March 2019. Qadisha Valley was the site that I looked forward the most in Lebanon after Baalbek. And it didn’t disappoint my expectations. During my hike I visited three out of four of the main monasteries of the valley and saw some spectacular sceneries. In this review I focus only on the Qadisha Valley, not on the Cedars of God.

The dramatic and rugged Qadisha Valley is one of the oldest and most important early Christian monastic settlements. Valley formed a natural rampart which sheltered these early monastic communities. Maronite hermits found refuge in a multitude of almost inaccessible caves and rock-cut monasteries. Around these shelters the monks and hermits had turned the slopes into terraces to grow grain, grapes and olives.

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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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Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 06-Oct-18


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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Petra 5
Acropolis 4.5
Baalbek 4.5
Aksum 4
Byblos 4
Chavin 4
Cracow 4
Kotor 4
Split 4
Timgad 4
Trier 4
Tyre 4
Agrigento 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Dengfeng 3.5
Kairouan 3.5
Kyiv 3.5
L'viv 3.5
Lima 3.5
Rabat 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Vilnius 3.5
Visby 3.5
Volubilis 3.5
Anjar 3
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
Sheki 2.5
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Tiya 1.5
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Archaeological site of Laodikeia (T)
  4. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  7. Central Park (T)
  8. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  9. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  10. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  11. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  12. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  13. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  14. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  15. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  16. Monastery of St. Amenaprkich (New Julfa Vank) (T)
  17. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  18. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  19. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  20. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  21. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  22. Rade de Marseille (T)
  23. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  24. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  25. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  26. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  27. Sites of Globalization (T)
  28. Surakhany, Atashgyakh (Fire - worshippers, temple - museum at Surakhany) (T)
  29. Tape Sialk (T)
  30. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  31. The Carvings from historic time at the island of Gaddtarmen (Hauensuoli) (T)
  32. The Caspian Shore Defensive Constructions (T)
  33. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  34. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  35. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  36. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley (T)
  37. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  38. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  39. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  40. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  41. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)

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