Turkey in World Heritage

Unesco World of Heritage List


Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.


What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972.The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.


World Heritage List  includes 745 cultural , 188 natural  and 29 mixed  properties in 157 States Parties. As of September 2012, 190 States Parties have ratified the World Heritage Convention.

Turkey has 11  Heritages on the UNESCO World Heritage List as of 2012 .Archaeological Site of Troy (1998),City of Safranbolu (1994),Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği (1985),Hattusha: the Hittite Capital (1986),Historic Areas of Istanbul (1985),Nemrut Dağ (1987),Neolithic Site ofÇatalhöyük (2012),Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex (2011),Xanthos-Letoon (1988)

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