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Juha Sjoeblom Profile

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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Rjukan / Notodden Juha Sjoeblom

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.

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

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 Juha Sjoeblom

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.

I travelled to the city of Wudangshan from Xi'an by train which took eight hours. It would also be possible to take a bus from Xi’an to the city of Shiyan from where you must take a connecting local bus to Wudangshan. From Wudangshan railway station it is seven kilometres to the centre of the city where majority of the hotels are located. I stayed overnight in youth hostel and started my visit to the mountains early in the morning. I spent the whole day wandering around the mountains by foot, bus and cable car.

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Dengfeng Juha Sjoeblom

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.

First of all I must tell that in this review I'm not going to mention anything about visiting the Shaolin Temple. Actually I had heard nothing but bad things about it being a major tourist trap. So I deliberately left that off from my itinerary. I was curious to see what other things there are in this WHS.

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Sheki, the Khan's Palace (T) Juha Sjoeblom

Sheki, the Khan's Palace (T) by Juha Sjoeblom

Site visited October 2014. While the majority of tourists in Azerbaijan may not go outside the area of Baku, Sheki is an excellent reason to go there. It is a good place to see the other side of this country as opposite of Baku: traditional architecture and small town feeling in a beautiful setting on foothills of Caucasus Mountains. And the icing on the cake is the exquisite Khan’s Palace. That was also in my mind when I headed to Sheki.

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Name: Juha Sjoeblom

Country: Finland

Visited WHS: 158

Most Impressive: Medina of Fez, Lalibela

Proposal New WHS:

  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. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 3.5
  56. Pasargadae : 3.5
  57. Persian Garden : 3.5
  58. Qhapaq Ñan : 3.5
  59. Rabat : 3.5
  60. Sintra : 3.5
  61. Statue of Liberty : 3.5
  62. Venetian Works of Defence : 3.5
  63. Vilnius : 3.5
  64. Visby : 3.5
  65. Volubilis : 3.5
  66. Altamira Cave : 3.0
  67. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 3.0
  68. Archaeological Site of Aigai : 3.0
  69. Arles : 3.0
  70. Avignon : 3.0
  71. Belem : 3.0
  72. Berat and Gjirokastra : 3.0
  73. Bryggen : 3.0
  74. Burgos Cathedral : 3.0
  75. Butrint : 3.0
  76. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik : 3.0
  77. Cologne Cathedral : 3.0
  78. Corfu : 3.0
  79. Delos : 3.0
  80. Drottningholm : 3.0
  81. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots : 3.0
  82. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec : 3.0
  83. Gobustan Rock Art : 3.0
  84. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska : 3.0
  85. Kew Gardens : 3.0
  86. Kronborg Castle : 3.0
  87. Maritime Greenwich : 3.0
  88. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo : 3.0
  89. Medina of Essaouira : 3.0
  90. Medina of Tunis : 3.0
  91. Meknes : 3.0
  92. Monastery of Geghard : 3.0
  93. Mostar : 3.0
  94. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) : 3.0
  95. Ohrid Region : 3.0
  96. Old Rauma : 3.0
  97. Petäjävesi Old Church : 3.0
  98. Quseir Amra : 3.0
  99. Roskilde Cathedral : 3.0
  100. Schönbrunn : 3.0
  101. Site of Carthage : 3.0
  102. Skogskyrkogarden : 3.0
  103. Stari Ras and Sopocani : 3.0
  104. Stevns Klint : 3.0
  105. Stećci : 3.0
  106. Studenica Monastery : 3.0
  107. Syracuse : 3.0
  108. Tallinn : 3.0
  109. Tauric Chersonese : 3.0
  110. Thessalonika : 3.0
  111. Trogir : 3.0
  112. Urnes Stave Church : 3.0
  113. Val di Noto : 3.0
  114. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill : 3.0
  115. Vienna : 3.0
  116. Vizcaya Bridge : 3.0
  117. Walled City of Baku : 3.0
  118. Westminster : 3.0
  119. Arab-Norman Palermo : 2.5
  120. Asturian Monuments : 2.5
  121. Atapuerca : 2.5
  122. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates : 2.5
  123. Birka and Hovgarden : 2.5
  124. Curonian Spit : 2.5
  125. Engelsberg Ironworks : 2.5
  126. Gammelstad : 2.5
  127. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago : 2.5
  128. Jelling : 2.5
  129. Kasbah of Algiers : 2.5
  130. Medina of Sousse : 2.5
  131. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans : 2.5
  132. Riga : 2.5
  133. Rjukan / Notodden : 2.5
  134. Shakhrisyabz : 2.5
  135. Sulaiman-Too : 2.5
  136. Tipasa : 2.5
  137. Tower of London : 2.5
  138. Yin Xu : 2.5
  139. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust : 2.0
  140. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland : 2.0
  141. Fortress of Suomenlinna : 2.0
  142. Golestan Palace : 2.0
  143. Grand Place, Brussels : 2.0
  144. Kernavë Archeological Site : 2.0
  145. Laurisilva of Madeira : 2.0
  146. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge : 2.0
  147. Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos : 2.0
  148. Sammallahdenmäki : 2.0
  149. Stari Grad Plain : 2.0
  150. Um er-Rasas : 2.0
  151. Yuso and Suso Monasteries : 2.0
  152. Zollverein : 2.0
  153. Mir Castle : 1.5
  154. Tiya : 1.5
  155. Nesvizh : 1.0
  156. Primeval Beech Forests
  157. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  158. 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. Galapagos Islands
  2. Imperial Tombs
  3. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  4. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  5. Kenya Lake System
  6. Orkhon Valley
  7. Kew Gardens
  8. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  9. Persepolis
  10. Ilulissat Icefjord
  11. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  12. Liverpool
  13. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  14. Wadi Al-Hitan
  15. Soltaniyeh
  16. Timbuktu
  17. Kathmandu Valley
  18. Tajik National Park
  19. Surtsey
  20. Dengfeng
  21. Jantar Mantar
  22. Camino Real
  23. Selimiye Mosque
  24. Persian Garden
  25. Wadi Rum
  26. Moenjodaro
  27. Mount Etna
  28. Namib Sand Sea
  29. Silk Roads
  30. Grand Canal
  31. Qhapaq Ñan
  32. Old City of Jerusalem
  33. Aksum
  34. Great Barrier Reef
  35. Serengeti
  36. Sydney Opera House
  37. Medina of Fez
  38. Florence
  39. Lalibela
  40. Leptis Magna
  41. Fasil Ghebbi
  42. Cyrene
  43. Shibam
  44. Timgad
  45. Quito
  46. Damascus
  47. Palmyra
  48. Agra Fort
  49. Taj Mahal
  50. Island of Gorée
  51. Old City of Berne
  52. Cuzco
  53. Machu Picchu
  54. Yellowstone
  55. Vatican City
  56. Cracow
  57. Tyre
  58. Aachen Cathedral
  59. Iguazu National Park
  60. Statue of Liberty
  61. Auschwitz Birkenau
  62. Altamira Cave
  63. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  64. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  65. Petra
  66. Medina of Marrakesh
  67. Pont du Gard
  68. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  69. Rock Art of Alta
  70. Istanbul
  71. Göreme NP
  72. Ghadames
  73. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  74. Site of Carthage
  75. Ironbridge Gorge
  76. Stonehenge
  77. Salamanca
  78. Sana'a
  79. Ngorongoro
  80. Venice and its Lagoon
  81. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  82. L'Anse aux Meadows
  83. Kilimanjaro National Park
  84. Acropolis
  85. Westminster
  86. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  87. Great Wall
  88. Imperial Palace
  89. Mogao Caves
  90. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  91. Brasilia
  92. Mount Athos
  93. Chichen-Itza
  94. Kairouan
  95. Victoria Falls
  96. Olympia
  97. St. Petersburg
  98. Vilnius
  99. Kremlin and Red Square
  100. Birka and Hovgarden
  101. Sukhothai
  102. Bryggen
  103. Bukhara
  104. Samarkand
  105. Cesky Krumlov
  106. Tikal National Park
  107. Angkor
  108. Ha Long Bay
  109. Völklingen Ironworks
  110. Ancient Kyoto
  111. Nasca Lines
  112. Potala Palace
  113. Virgin Komi Forests
  114. Grand Canyon
  115. Lake Baikal
  116. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  117. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  118. Ravenna
  119. Dougga/Thugga
  120. Maritime Greenwich
  121. Ping Yao
  122. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  123. Pompei
  124. Versailles
  125. Costiera Amalfitana
  126. Agrigento
  127. Villa Romana del Casale
  128. Pyramids (Memphis)
  129. Ancient Thebes
  130. Ancient Merv
  131. Historic Cairo
  132. Simien National Park
  133. Isole Eolie
  134. Rome
  135. Robben Island
  136. Dubrovnik
  137. Saint Catherine Area
  138. Brugge
  139. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  140. Rwenzori Mountains
  141. Great Himalayan National Park
  142. Virunga National Park
  143. Tassili n'Ajjer
  144. Meroe