Unesco World Heritage Sites in Turkey
BURSA & CUMALIKIZIK
Bursa, as the first capital of Ottoman Empire located on the north western slopes of Uludag Mountain and Cumalikizik founded as a village during the same period, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014.
Bursa and Cumalikizik: The Birth of the Ottoman Empire inscribed on World Heritage List consists of six components including Caravanserais Area involving Orhan Gazi Kulliye and its environs, Hudavendigar Kulliye, Yildirim Bayezid I Kulliye, Yesil Kulliye, Muradiye Kulliye and Cumalikizik Village.
Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape, the only capital city from the Hellenistic Period, inholding the layers of Hellenistic, Roman, Eastern Roman and Ottoman periods were inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2014.
The Areas, inscribed on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape consist of nine components; Pergamon City, Kybele Sanctuary, Ilyas Tepe, Yigma Tepe, Ikili Tumuli, Tavsan Tepe, X Tepe, A Tepe and Maltepe Tumulus.
GOREME NATIONAL PARK
Goreme National Park and Cappadocia were inscribed on the Worl Heritage List in 1985 as 7 parts: Goreme National Park, Derinkuyu Underground City, Kaymakli Underground City, Karlik Church, Theodore Church, Karain Columbaria and Soganli Archaeological Site.
The sacred Hierapolis of Phrygia, one of the antique cities of the Aegean and Pamukkale, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. History and nature meets in an extraordinary manner at Pamukkale.
HISTORIC AREAS OF ISTANBUL
The Historic Areas of Istanbul, situated on a peninsula surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus, and Golden Horn, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.
HATTUSHA (Hittite Capital)
Hattusha, inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1986 on cultural criteria.
Mount Nemrut is described as the sacred place of Commagene Kingdom with its enchanting statues standing ten metres high and inscriptions that are several metres long, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural asset in 1987.
NEOLITHIC SITE OF CATALHOYUK
Neolithic Site of Catalhoyuk, included to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2012 on cultural criteria. There are magnificent examples of the art of the period on this wonderfully preserved site. That is why it has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Safranbolu is known for its uniquely preserved traditional Ottoman Turkish architecture, included to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1994 on cultural criteria. City of Safranbolu is represented as three parts in the World Heritage List; Cukur, Kirankoy and Baglar.
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex are located in Edirne, the capital of Ottoman Empire before the conquest of İstanbul, and were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF TROY
Archaeological Site of Troy, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998 on cultural criteria. Troy is waiting for those who would like to trace the stories of ancient cultures.
Humanity has added new value to the places it has lived, and left behind masterpieces that carry its culture to the following generations.
To affirm the values accepted as the common heritage of all humanity, and to promote and transfer them to future generations, UNESCO adopted “The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage” at its 17th General Conference held in Paris in 1972. Turkey ratified the Convention on 14 February 1983.
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