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Number Of Turkey’s Candidate Sites For Unesco World Heritage List Increased To 38

Number Of Turkey’s Candidate Sites For Unesco World Heritage List Increased To 38

Turkish Republic Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay declared at a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in Istanbul that the number of Turkey’s candidate sites for the UNESCO World Heritage has risen to 38.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who came as guest of Bahçeşehir University, attended a series of meetings in Istanbul. Bokova, who met with Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay on the second day of her visit, was given a list of 12 new nominees for the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay made the following statement in this regard:
“We are active in four of UNESCO’s five fields of activity. In the past few years, we have established a special department for matters concerning cultural heritage. Only three of our sites where included when the UNESCO World Heritage List created in 1985: the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul, Divrigi and Göreme. Within time, the number of cultural sites increased to nine. There was a long break after that. Recently, after great efforts, we have been able to initiate the inclusion of the Selimiye Mosque in the list. At the moment we are working on the inclusion of Çatalhöyük and Alanya in the list. The UNESCO World Heritage List has become a list of high reputation and is taken very seriously by now.”

We have increased our list of world heritage nominees from 18 to 27. After Selimiye’s inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the number of candidate sites in the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage went down to 26 again. It is a pleasure for me to announce that further 12 sites have been nominated for the World Heritage List, varying from the ruins of Ani in Kars to the sarcophagus unearthed in Muğla. Thus, the number of our candidate sites in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, which was 18 by the end of 2007, has risen to 38.

12 New Nominees For The Unesco World Heritage List 
– Kars, Historic City of Ani (2012)
– Kütahya, Antique City of Aizanoi (2012)
– Muğla, Medieval City of Becin (2012)
– Izmir, Historic Town of Birgi (2012)
– Ankara, Gordion (2012)
– Nevşehir, Hacı Bektaş Veli Complex (2012)
– Mugla, Mausoleum and Sacred Area of Hecatomnus (2012)
– Nigde, Historical Monuments of Nigde (2012)
– Mersin, Mamure Castle (2012)
– Eskişehir, Odunpazarı Historical Urban Site (2012)
– Gaziantep, Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop (2012)
– Gaziantep, Archeological Site of Zeugma (2012)

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