World Heritage List is a list of cultural and natural assets of the world designated by UNESCO. The purpose of listing these assets is to protect them for future generations. Our country, which has been home to various civilizations throughout history, has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and thus has quintessential destinations under protection. Currently, it is known that the number of these cultural and natural assets is 18. We will share some of this article with you. Here are some of the destinations inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in Turkey!
Istanbul, valued by many civilizations for centuries, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. The four districts within the city are protected. These are Sultanahmet Protected Area, Suleymaniye Conservation Area, Zeyrek Conservation Area, Istanbul Land Walls.
Located in İzmir, another cultural heritage Ephesus is also inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is considered as a whole with the House of Virgin Mary, Çukuriçi Höyük, Ephesus Antique City and Ayasuluk Hill. The ancient city of Ephesus attracts attention and visits by local and foreign tourists at all times of the year.
3. The Ancient City of Troy
One of the destinations entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List is the ancient city of Troy in Turkey. This place, which is one of the most famous ancient cities in the world, is located in Çanakkale. It is believed that the city was founded in the 3rd century BC.
4. Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut, located in the Southeastern Anatolia Region, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 and started to be protected. The tombs and statues in Nemrut attract the attention of the world. Nemrut Mountain, which is described as the place where sunrise and sunset are best viewed, is one of the beauties of our country.
Çatalhöyük Neolithic City in Konya was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. The region is described as the first witness to the history of the transition to settled life, agriculture and hunting. Today, it is under the protection and historical houses, streets and settlements can be seen during the visit.
Pergamon in İzmir is one of the protected cultural assets in our country. The ancient city, known to be from the Hellenistic period, was used as the capital of the empires from time to time. It is known that Pergamon Ancient City is a valuable asset, especially in the landscape area.
7. Diyarbakir Castle and Hevsel Gardens
Diyarbakir Castle and Hevsel Gardens are among the unique places in the UNESCO World Heritage List in our country. The castle in the city centre has survived to the present day. Hevsel Gardens is regarded as one of the world pioneers in the field of landscape.
8. Ani Archaeological Site
The Ani Archaeological Site in Kars was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016. In this area, there is a continuous settlement from the Early Iron Age to the 16th century; It is known that it is part of the multicultural Silk Road, where all the wealth and diversity of the Middle Ages are seen together. Ani is defined as geography where architecture and art have been alive for centuries.
9. Great Mosque of Divrigi
The Divrigi Ulu Mosque in Sivas was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. It is known that there were a two-domed tomb and a hospital next to the mosque, which is known to have been built at the beginning of the 13th century.
10. Göbeklitepe Temple
Located in Şanlıurfa, Göbeklitepe was removed from the temporary list in 2018 and entered the UNESCO World Heritage Permanent List. The temple in Göbeklitepe is known to be the oldest temple in the world. With the addition of Göbeklitepe to the World Heritage List, the number of protected cultural assets in our country has increased to 18.
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