Ephesus becomes Turkey's 15th site in World Heritage List

UNESCO adds ancient city of Ephesus in western Turkey to World Heritage List, making it 15th property from Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The ancient city of Ephesus on Aegean coast of Turkey in the Izmir province was added to World Heritage List by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) as the 15th property from Turkey.

The World Heritage Committee held its 39th session in the German city of Bonn on Sunday afternoon during which new additions to the list were announced.

After the Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens was added to the list on Sunday, the Ephesus became the 15th addition from Turkey.

According to UNESCO, each country can nominate a maximum of two properties for the list every year.

Culture and Tourism Minister Omer Celik announced the results on his official Twitter account.

He wrote “We have just received the second good news from Germany, the Ephesus is now officially a world heritage.”

Talking about the candidacy process and details of the event, Celik defined the Ephesus as the most important center for art, culture and science of its era.

UNESCO described the Ephesus as “one of the cities which played an impressive role in the beginnings of Christianity and during the period of its proliferation (St. John Church and the shrine of the Virgin Mary). It contains one of the most spectacular examples of religious architecture of the Seljuk Period.”

The Ministry of foreign affairs also made a written statement about the results.

“Turkey will continue to use its moderate strength on cultural domain under the umbrella of UNESCO for meeting today’s world with the commonly shared value of humanity,” the statement recorded.  

The properties from Turkey in UNESCO World Heritage List are as follows;

  1. Archeological Site of Troy

  2. Bursa and Cumalikizik: the birth of the Ottoman Empire

  3. City of Safranbolu

  4. Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape

  5. Ephesus

  6. Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi

  7. Hattusha: the Hittite Capital

  8. Historic Areas of Istanbul

  9. Nemrut Dag

  10. Neolithic Site of Catalhoyuk

  11. Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape

  12. Selimiye Mosque and its social context

  13. Xanthos-Letoon

  14. Goreme Cultural Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

  15. Hierapolis- Pamukkale

The metropolitan mayor of Izmir Aziz Kocaoglu, the city which hosts the Ephesus, stated that they will now nominate the Foca and Candarli castles as heritages sites.

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