Turkish Tourist Hot-Spots Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has declared both The Ancient City of Ephesus and Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape sites of outstanding universal value and has officially inscribed them on the World Heritage List. Both Turkish sites therefore officially meet at least one of the selection criteria for Inscription; Integrity, Authenticity and Protection and Management.

Ephesus, close to Izmir, is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbour basin. Ephesus boasts both Hellenistic and Roman settlements and excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre and remains of the famous Temple of Artemis – one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. The site has drawn pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean since the 5th century; today it welcomes around 1.8 million visitors a year from all over the world.

The fortified city of Diyarbakir in Southeastern Anatolia has been an important centre full of heart, soul and character since the Hellenistic period. The site encompasses the Amida Mound, known as İçkale or inner castle, 5.8km of city walls and numerous towers, gates, as well as Hevsel Gardens, a green link between the city and the Tigris that supplied the city with food and water. The World Heritage Committee spoke in favor of Diyarbakır being added to the World Heritage Sites list due to the preservation plan and cultural heritage of the area.

Ali Selcuk Can, Attache for Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, comments:

“We’re delighted that The Ancient City of Ephesus and Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape sites have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. We are very proud of the rich culture and history of our country and welcome visitors from all over the world to see these fantastic monuments up close”.

 

 

 

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