Two new attractions in Turkey added to UNESCO World Heritage List

15 Sites in Turkey are currently

inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List 


During the 39thmeeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, held in Bonn, Germany, two new Turkish attractions were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. With this inclusion, the number of Cultural Sites in Turkey that are now listed on the World Heritage List amounts to 15. The new additions are the Archaeological Site of Ephesus and the Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape.


Ephesus: Ephesus, located on the west coast of Turkey, constitutes one of the most significant archaeological sites around the world, in addition to being the most popular archaeological attraction in Turkey. The first inhabitants settled in the area during the Neolithic Age, dating back to 6,500 BC. With the passage of the centuries, Ephesus became the second largest city of the Roman Empire.


Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape: The Diyarbakır Fortress was built in 349 AD. Its walls are almost six kilometers long and contain 72 defensive towers. Situated between the Tigris River and the city of Diyarbakır, the 8,000-year-old Hevsel Gardens constitute a natural site of major cultural importance. photo 1, photo 2