Diyarbakir fortress and gardens added to World Heritage List

UNESCO adds Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens in southeastern Turkey to World Heritage List

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir has been added to World Heritage List by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

The Turkish historical site was inscribed as new entries during the 39th session of the Committee held in the German city of Bonn late Saturday.

The site was chosen by unanimous vote of 20 delegates after a presentation of the site Diyarbakir was given by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

"All of the 20 members took the floor in favor of Diyarbakir and stressed that both the conservation plan and the heritage are vital for the humanity, so Diyarbakir was approved onto the list with assent and applause," said Prof. Dr. Ocal Oguz, president of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO.

Oguz added that the delegation will also discuss the file on the Ephesus on Sunday.

Along with Diyarbakir, two Danish and two French sites were also added to the list: Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement and The Par Force Hunting Landscape from Denmark, along with The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy and Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars from France.

There are currently just over 1,000 World Heritage Sites in 161 countries.

Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens

Located on an escarpment of the Upper Tigres River Basin which is part of the so-called "Fertile Crescent", the fortified city of Diyarbakir and the landscape around it has been an important place since the Hellenistic period, through the Roman, Sassanid, Byzantine and Ottoman times to the present, says the UNESCO website.

The site encompasses the Amida Mound, known as Ickale (inner castle), the 5.8 kilometre-long city walls of Diyarbakir with their numerous towers, gates, buttresses, and 63 inscriptions from different periods, as well as Hevsel Gardens, a green link between the city and the Tigris that supplies the city with food and water.

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