Turkey preserves its place in the UNESCO World Heritage List with its natural and cultural assets, which undertakes the mission of protecting, making known and promoting places that have important roles in terms of historical, scientific and natural values. Here are the World Heritage works of Turkey…
Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital
Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital in Sivas deserves to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List not only with its architecture but also with its examples of Anatolian traditional stonework.
It is known that Göbekli Tepe, which reprinted all the writings and changed history, belongs to 12 thousand years ago. Open-topped religious buildings, of which there are 20 in total, confirm to us that they are the first known temples in the world to date.
Ephesus Ancient City
Ephesus Ancient City, which has buildings that shed light on both the history of architecture and religion, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. The Ancient City, which bears the title of “Asia’s first and largest metropolis”, is located in Izmir.
Diyarbakir Walls – Hevsel Gardens
Diyarbakir Walls, whose origins date back to BC and are among the important defense structures of its period, contain inscriptions in Hellenistic, Latin, Syriac, Armenian and Arabic languages and were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.
Cappadocia and Goreme National Park
The region, which has a worldwide reputation for its natural formations and fairy chimneys, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.
This mountain, one of the most magnificent ruins of the Hellenistic period, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. Mount Nemrut, which has been described in history as the “closest place to the throne of Zeus in the heavens”, is located in Adıyaman.
King IV in Hattusa, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986. There are temples, royal residences and city walls from the Tudhaliya period. Located in Çorum, Hattusha has an important history as it was the capital of the Hittite Empire.
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Safranbolu, one of the rare places declared as a site with its traditional wooden houses and monumental structures in the Safranbolu district of Karabük, was selected to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.
II. Selimiye Mosque, built by Selim, was included in the World Heritage List in 2011. Selimiye Mosque, located in Edirne and the work of Mimar Sinan, is one of the most important structures in the world.
Pergamon Ancient City
Bergama Ancient City, which includes many Ottoman-era buildings, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014. Located in Izmir, the city was the capital of the Hellenistic Pergamon Kingdom in history.
Çatalhöyük Neolithic City
Çatalhöyük, an archaeological site that sheds light on the past of mankind, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. Çatalhöyük, which was founded on the Çumra Plain 9 thousand years ago, is a settlement from the Neolithic period.
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Ani Archaeological Site
Ani Archaeological Site in Kars was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016. The region, which hosted Seljuk, Byzantine, Georgian and Armenian cultures in history, has become a multicultural trade center due to its location.
Aphrodisias Ancient City
The ancient city, located in the Karacasu district of Aydın and considered the center of art and architecture of the Ancient Age, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017. The foundation of the ancient city of Aphrodisias, one of the most important archaeological sites in Turkey, dates back to ancient times.
The ancient city of Troy
The ancient city where the Trojan War took place, which is the subject of Homer’s epic Iliad and Odyssey, is located in Çanakkale. The ancient city of Troy, which has an important role for civilizations in history, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.
Xanthos Ancient City, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list with its historical values and organic ties, is located in Muğla’s Fethiye district, while Letoon Ancient City is located within the borders of Antalya’s Kaş district. There is a distance of 5 km between these two ancient cities. Xanthos Ancient City became one of the important religion and administrative centers of the Lycia region; It carried the traces of different civilizations such as Helen, Persia, Rome and Byzantium. Letoon Ancient City, on the other hand, contains the remains of many temples as the sanctuary of Xanthos.
Pamukkale Hierapolis National Park
The region, which contains ruins from the Hellenistic and Christian periods, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. Pamukkale Hierapolis National Park, which has a unique appearance with its white travertines, is located in the Menderes River valley in the Aegean region.
The foundation of Cumalıkızık village in Bursa, which has managed to carry the architectural examples of the early Ottoman period, dates back to approximately 1300s. This campus, which was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014.
Arslantepe Archaeological Site
Arslantepe Archaeological Site in Malatya was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2021. Arslantepe, which dates back to 6 thousand BC, stands out as a religious and cultural center.