Hi everyone! We continue our blog series with the Unesco World Heritage Sites in Turkey. Turkey has a very important and rich history as a cultural and strategic location. In this post, we will provide you pretty important details and travel tips about; what is the Unesco World Heritage List and the places in Turkey listed in the Unesco World Heritage.
Unesco meaning; It is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Unesco is an organization established in Paris in 1945 and today has 193 members. The aim of the organization is to ensure international peace and security. It encourages international cooperation in the light of education, science, and culture to ensure greater respect for human rights and the rule of law.
At the same time, Unesco, which aims to protect the common heritage of humanity and pass them on to future generations, chooses the best examples of different civilizations, cultures, religions, and beliefs and presents them to all the people of the world on its heritage list.
Today, 1.121 different destinations have been added to the World Cultural Heritage list from all around the World. From Turkey, 18 major destinations included in the Unesco list, each with its own specific historical, cultural, and natural features.
18-SITES OF TURKEY LISTED IN UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST
16 of these destinations are on the Cultural Heritage List and 2 of them are on the Mixed Heritage List. In addition, 83 cultural, natural, and historical destinations on the tentative list that is pending for approval.
The most important reasons why Anatolia/Turkey has such a rich and diverse heritage; It has been at a strategic point geographically for centuries, being on the route of important trade routes, and hosting many civilizations with its fertile lands. Turkey shows these historic, cultural, and natural beauties for more than 50 million tourists per year. Millions of more tourists flock to these places where air, road, and sea transportation is possible.
Travels through agencies are common as well as individually organized trips. However, it is observed that there are frequent difficulties in individually organized travel plans. The main reasons for this are; Not enough information about bus or train transportation is available on online platforms and the long distances between the destinations to be traveled to each other.
Turkey has a surface area covering a total of roughly 280,000 km area. In other words, it is spread over a very large area in terms of surface measurement. For example, it is about 10 hours driving distance from Istanbul to Cappadocia or approximately 8 hours distance from Istanbul to Ephesus Ancient City.
As you can easily understand when you evaluate all of these, a travel plan that you will organize individually requires great preparation, especially in the logistics part. Daily tours or package tours starting and ending in Istanbul, which are organized to popular destinations through travel agencies, facilitate the work of tourists and give them the chance to see many places in a limited time. To see the Travel Packages of our company, you can click the categories at the end of the content and complete your travel plan easily.
Let’s see the list of these 18 great and breathtaking destinations which comes from centuries ago;
Cultural Sites in the Unesco
Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği (1985) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Hattusha: the Hittite Capital (1986) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Nemrut Mountain(1987) : See in Unesco Web-Page
Archaeological Site of Xanthos-Letoon (1988) : See in Unesco Web-Page
City of Safranbolu (1994) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Archaeological Site of Troy (1998) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex (2011) : See in Unesco Web-Page
Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük (2012) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape (2014) : See in Unesco Web-Page
Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire (2014) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Ephesus Ancient City (2015) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Landscape (2015): See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Archaeological Site of Ani (2016) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Aphrodisias (2017) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Archaeological Site of Göbekli Tepe (2018) : See details in our Blog – See in Unesco Web-Page
Mixed Sites in the Unesco
Turkey has a larger and richer cultural structure you can imagine. There are hundreds or even thousands of historical and cultural places that can be visited and seen. Continue reading our blog posts and benefiting from useful information to plan your trip smoothly. If you ever need help with creating your itinerary or have questions, do not hesitate to contact our team! If you liked our posts, do not forget to share it with your friends!