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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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Chavin 21-Jul-18

Chavin by Juha Sjoeblom

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.

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Rjukan / Notodden 18-Jul-17

Rjukan / Notodden by Juha Sjoeblom

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.

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Grand Canal 20-Jun-17

Grand Canal by Juha Sjoeblom

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

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Wudang Mountains 04-Jun-17

Wudang Mountains by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2017. Wudang Mountains was one of the biggest highlights of my first trip to China which covered eight World Heritage Sites. This site offered vast area of stunning mountain landscapes, numerous beautiful temples and palaces and nice hiking routes.

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Dengfeng 13-May-17

Dengfeng by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited April 2017. The historic monuments of the city of Dengfeng was a pleasant experience. There were absolutely the smallest amount of visitors among the sites that I have visited in China. The places were calm and quiet and some of them are surrounded by beautiful nature. I visited five of the eight inscribed properties.

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Name: Juha Sjoeblom

Country: Finland

Visited WHS: 160

Most Impressive: Medina of Fez, Lalibela

Proposal New WHS:

Update 2018-07-06 13:04:34

  1. Auschwitz Birkenau : 5.0
  2. Bukhara : 5.0
  3. Istanbul : 5.0
  4. Lalibela : 5.0
  5. Machu Picchu : 5.0
  6. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor : 5.0
  7. Meidan Emam, Esfahan : 5.0
  8. Petra : 5.0
  9. Samarkand : 5.0
  10. Silk Roads : 5.0
  11. Simien National Park : 5.0
  12. Acropolis : 4.5
  13. Grand Canal : 4.5
  14. Itchan Kala : 4.5
  15. Medina of Fez : 4.5
  16. Persepolis : 4.5
  17. St. Petersburg : 4.5
  18. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines : 4.5
  19. Aachen Cathedral : 4.0
  20. Aksum : 4.0
  21. Amphitheater of El Jem : 4.0
  22. Caral-Supe : 4.0
  23. Chavin : 4.0
  24. Cracow : 4.0
  25. Djémila : 4.0
  26. Dougga/Thugga : 4.0
  27. Fasil Ghebbi : 4.0
  28. Kotor : 4.0
  29. Longmen Grottoes : 4.0
  30. M'Zab Valley : 4.0
  31. Masjed-e Jâme' : 4.0
  32. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi : 4.0
  33. Medina of Marrakesh : 4.0
  34. Ping Yao : 4.0
  35. Plitvice Lakes : 4.0
  36. Split : 4.0
  37. Timgad : 4.0
  38. Trier : 4.0
  39. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 4.0
  40. West Norwegian Fjords : 4.0
  41. Wudang Mountains : 4.0
  42. Agrigento : 3.5
  43. Cuzco : 3.5
  44. Dengfeng : 3.5
  45. Falun Great Copper Mountain : 3.5
  46. Gamzigrad-Romuliana : 3.5
  47. Haghpat and Sanahin : 3.5
  48. Huascaran National Park : 3.5
  49. Island of Patmos : 3.5
  50. Kairouan : 3.5
  51. Kiev : 3.5
  52. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou : 3.5
  53. L'viv : 3.5
  54. Lima : 3.5
  55. Mont-Saint-Michel : 3.5
  56. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 3.5
  57. Pasargadae : 3.5
  58. Persian Garden : 3.5
  59. Qhapaq Ñan : 3.5
  60. Rabat : 3.5
  61. Sintra : 3.5
  62. Statue of Liberty : 3.5
  63. Venetian Works of Defence : 3.5
  64. Vilnius : 3.5
  65. Visby : 3.5
  66. Volubilis : 3.5
  67. Altamira Cave : 3.0
  68. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 3.0
  69. Archaeological Site of Aigai : 3.0
  70. Arles : 3.0
  71. Avignon : 3.0
  72. Belem : 3.0
  73. Berat and Gjirokastra : 3.0
  74. Bryggen : 3.0
  75. Burgos Cathedral : 3.0
  76. Butrint : 3.0
  77. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik : 3.0
  78. Cologne Cathedral : 3.0
  79. Corfu : 3.0
  80. Delos : 3.0
  81. Drottningholm : 3.0
  82. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots : 3.0
  83. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec : 3.0
  84. Gobustan Rock Art : 3.0
  85. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska : 3.0
  86. Kew Gardens : 3.0
  87. Kronborg Castle : 3.0
  88. Maritime Greenwich : 3.0
  89. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo : 3.0
  90. Medina of Essaouira : 3.0
  91. Medina of Tunis : 3.0
  92. Meknes : 3.0
  93. Monastery of Geghard : 3.0
  94. Mostar : 3.0
  95. Mtskheta : 3.0
  96. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 3.0
  97. Ohrid Region : 3.0
  98. Old Rauma : 3.0
  99. Petäjävesi Old Church : 3.0
  100. Quseir Amra : 3.0
  101. Roskilde Cathedral : 3.0
  102. Schönbrunn : 3.0
  103. Site of Carthage : 3.0
  104. Skogskyrkogarden : 3.0
  105. Stari Ras and Sopocani : 3.0
  106. Stevns Klint : 3.0
  107. Stećci : 3.0
  108. Studenica Monastery : 3.0
  109. Syracuse : 3.0
  110. Tallinn : 3.0
  111. Tauric Chersonese : 3.0
  112. Thessalonika : 3.0
  113. Trogir : 3.0
  114. Urnes Stave Church : 3.0
  115. Val di Noto : 3.0
  116. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill : 3.0
  117. Vienna : 3.0
  118. Vizcaya Bridge : 3.0
  119. Walled City of Baku : 3.0
  120. Westminster : 3.0
  121. Arab-Norman Palermo : 2.5
  122. Asturian Monuments : 2.5
  123. Atapuerca : 2.5
  124. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 2.5
  125. Birka and Hovgarden : 2.5
  126. Curonian Spit : 2.5
  127. Engelsberg Ironworks : 2.5
  128. Gammelstad : 2.5
  129. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago : 2.5
  130. Jelling : 2.5
  131. Kasbah of Algiers : 2.5
  132. Medina of Sousse : 2.5
  133. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans : 2.5
  134. Riga : 2.5
  135. Rjukan / Notodden : 2.5
  136. Shakhrisyabz : 2.5
  137. Sulaiman-Too : 2.5
  138. Tipasa : 2.5
  139. Tower of London : 2.5
  140. Yin Xu : 2.5
  141. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust : 2.0
  142. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland : 2.0
  143. Fortress of Suomenlinna : 2.0
  144. Golestan Palace : 2.0
  145. Grand Place, Brussels : 2.0
  146. Kernavë : 2.0
  147. Laurisilva of Madeira : 2.0
  148. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge : 2.0
  149. Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos : 2.0
  150. Sammallahdenmäki : 2.0
  151. Stari Grad Plain : 2.0
  152. Um er-Rasas : 2.0
  153. Yuso and Suso Monasteries : 2.0
  154. Zollverein : 2.0
  155. Mir Castle : 1.5
  156. Tiya : 1.5
  157. Nesvizh : 1.0
  158. Primeval Beech Forests
  159. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  160. Struve Geodetic Arc
  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
  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