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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Stari Ras and Sopocani

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 27-May-20

Stari Ras and Sopocani

Site visited July 2016. Stari Ras and Sopoćani is generally least known and visited among the six Yugoslavian sites which were inscribed in 1979. Although the name makes you think that there are two sites the inscription consists of four separate sites around the town of Novi Pazar. This group of medieval monuments of the first capital of Serbia gives you an interesting insight to the history of the country.

I travelled to Novi Pazar by bus from Belgrad and visited the Studenica Monastery during the trip

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Djémila

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 01-May-20

Djémila

Site visited December 2013. The Arabic name of the ancient Roman city of Cuicul is Djémila which means ”beautiful”. The site really matches its newer name because it is probably the most beautiful and scenic of all the Roman sites in Algeria. I think it is also one of the top three Roman sites of Africa.

Cuicul was an ancient Roman colony and a military garrison founded in the 1st century. It is built on an altitude of 900 metres on a narrow triangular plateau

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The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 24-Apr-20

The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans

I visited this site during my tour of Ukraine on July 2013. The former capital of Crimean Khanate with its diverse cultural sites and great sceneries made a good impression on me, and it is also a very nice place to visit. Bakhchysarai is one of those sites which deserve to be included to the World Heritage List, but the current situation is very difficult for it.

At the moment there are two sites of Bakhchysarai on the Ukrainian tentative list: the other one is just for the Khan’s Palace, and the other one is the historic monuments of Bakhchysarai Valley from the Khan’s Palace to the Chufut-Kale. I would support the latter because there are a rich array of cultural sights in and around the city of Bakhchysarai.

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Timgad

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 10-Apr-20

Timgad

Site visited December 2013. Timgad is the largest and arguably the best of the Roman archaeological sites of Algeria. I think it is also one of top three Roman sites of Africa and, I dare to say, probably among the best outside of Italy. Timgad is not known for its imposing buildings but for town planning and well preserved grid plan. In this review I focus mainly on the practical issues of visiting Timgad.

Algeria, especially the eastern part of the country, is one of the hotspots of Roman archaeological sites. Apart from the inscribed ones there are several sites worth mentioning: Tiddis, Madauros (Madaure), Hippo Regius (Hippone), Theveste, Thubursicum and Lambaesis. Many of these have been collected to a TWHS Sites, lieux et itineraires augustiniens du Maghreb central.

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Pasargadae

Juha Sjoeblom Finland - 31-Mar-20

Pasargadae

Site visited December 2015. Although this first capital of Achaemenid Empire may feel dull and empty compared to Persepolis, it is still an interesting place to visit.

Getting to Pasargadae by public transport may be tricky. I guess the only way is to take a bus (probably with a bus change in Marvdasht) from Shiraz to Saadat Shahr and try to get a taxi from there. The easiest way is to hire a taxi all the way from Shiraz. It should also be reasonably priced. Fortunately I had arranged a relative of my colleague to be my chauffeur on my day trip to Persepolis and Pasargadae from Shiraz. After visiting Persepolis we stopped by Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab TWHS. By the way, I found this site quite impressive and maybe worth of inscription. After that we headed towards Pasargadae which is an hour’s drive from Persepolis

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Name
Juha Sjoeblom
Country
Finland
Most Impressive
Medina of Fez, Lalibela

Recently Visited WHS

Update 21.10.19
Rating Stats
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
Tipasa 2.5
Yin Xu 2.5
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: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (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