Feb. 28, 2019, 3:16 p.m.
About UNESCO's World Heritage List
Heritage is a unique value that comes from the past, what we live today, and what we pass to the next generations. In this context, heritage is a gift from the past to the future. The cultural and natural heritage are both unique values for all of the people. Because of that, the protection of heritage is one of the most important matters for humanity.
According to the UNESCO’s World Heritage concept, "World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located."(1) In this context, one of the major working areas for the UNESCO is the protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage. In this sense, the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted on 16 November 1972 at the 17th General Conference of the UNESCO in Paris. With this treaty, natural areas, monuments and historical places which have international importance can earn the status of World Heritage. The World Heritage List shows the wealth and diversity of the cultural and natural heritage of the world. Turkey has been signed this treaty in 1982 and has 18 cultural heritage registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Missions of the UNESCO's World Heritage:
• Encourages countries for protection of their natural and cultural heritage;
• Provides emergency help for World Heritage areas in immediate danger;
• Gives technical help and training to countries for immediate situations of their natural and cultural heritage,
• Builds international cooperation in the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage.
List of Turkey
Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Hattusha: the Hittite Capital
City of Safranbolu
Archaeological Site of Troy
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire
Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape
Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape
Archaeological Site of Ani
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