Turkey on the World Heritage List

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in TurkeyThe World Heritage List is a list of global sites of cultural and natural heritage considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. UNESCO, which aims to ensure international cooperation in protecting the values that form the common heritage of humanity, takes into consideration unique values with respect to cultural and natural criteria.

Turkey has 11 properties inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and 41 nominated properties are in the tentative list. This publication is prepared by the Directorate General for Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It aims to promote the sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and raise awareness in transferring Turkey’s cultural heritage to future generations.

Properties Inscribed on the World Heritage List (11)

  • Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi, Sivas (1985)
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul (1985)
  • Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Nevsehir (1985)
  • Hattusha: the Hittite Capital, Corum (1986)
  • Mount Nemrut, Adiyaman (1987)
  • Xanthos-Letoon, Antalya (1988)
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Denizli (1988)
  • City of Safranbolu, Karabuk (1994)
  • Archaeological Site of Troy, Canakkale (1998)
  • Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex, Edirne (2011)
  • Neolithic Site Of Catalhoyuk, Konya (2012)

Properties Submitted on the Tentative List (41)

  • Ephesus, Izmir (1994)
  • Karain Cave, Antalya (1994)
  • Sumela Monastery, Trabzon (2000)
  • Alahan Monastery, Mersin (2000
  • St. Nicholas Church, Antalya (2000)
  • Harran and Sanliurfa Settlements, Sanliurfa (2000)
  • The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman Citadel, Bitlis (2000)
  • The Citadel and the Walls of Diyarbakir, Diyarbakir (2000)
  • Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (2000)
  • Konya A Capital of Seljuk Civilisation, Konya (2000)
  • Alanya Castle and Dockyard, Antalya (2000)
  • Mardin Cultural Landscape, Mardin (2000)
  • Bursa and Cumalikizik Early Ottoman Urban and Rural Settlements, Bursa (2000)
  • St. Paul Church, St. Pauls Well and surrounding historic quarters, Tarsus (2000)
  • Ishak Pasha Palace, Agri (2000)
  • Kekova, Antalya (2000)
  • Gulluk Mountain Termessos National Park, Antalya (2000)
  • Archaeological Site of Aphrodisias, Aydin (2009)
  • Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilisation, Antalya (2009)
  • Archaeological Site Of Sagalassos, Burdur (2009)
  • Archaeological Site of Perge, Antalya (2009)
  • Esrefoglu Mosque, Beysehir (2011)
  • St. Pierre Church, Hatay (2011)
  • Bergama, Izmir (2011)
  • Gobeklitepe Archaeological Site, Sanliurfa (2011)
  • Historic City of Ani, Kars (2012)
  • Antique City of Aizanoi, Kutahya (2012)
  • Medieval City of Becin, Mugla (2012)
  • Historic Town of Birgi, Izmir (2012)
  • Gordion, Ankara (2012)
  • Haci Bektas Veli Complex, Nevsehir (2012)
  • Mausoleum and Sacred Area of Hecatomnus, Mugla (2012)
  • Historical Monuments of Nigde, Nigde (2012)
  • Mamure Castle, Mersin (2012)
  • Odunpazari Historical Urban Site, Eskisehir (2012)
  • Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop, Gaziantep (2012)
  • Archeological Site of Zeugma, Gaziantep (2012)
  • Archaeological Site of Laodikeia, Denizli (2013)
  • Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area, Ankara (2013)
  • Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, (2013)
  • The Ancient City of Sardis and the Lydian Tumuli of Bintepe, Manisa (2013)

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