Humanity has added new value to the places it has lived upon, and left behind masterpieces that carry Its culture to ensuing generations. To affirm the values accepted as the common heritage of all humanity, and to promote them and to transfer them to future generations, UNESCO adopted, "The Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage" in its General Conference held in Paris in 1972. Turkey ratified the Convention on 23 May 1982.

The World Heritage List Is a list of global sites of cultural and natural heritage considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. UNESCO, which alms to ensure International cooperation In protecting the values that form the common heritage of humanity, takes Into consideration unique values with respect to cultural and natural criteria.

At the end of 2011, there were 936 cultural and natural heritage sites from all around the world inscribed in the World Heritage List. These Include 725 cultural/natural sites, 183 natural sites and also 28 mixed (cultural/natural) sites.
Turkey has 11 properties Inscribed In the UNESCO World Heritage List, and 37 nominated properties are in the Tentative List. This publication is prepared by the Directorate General for Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It aims to promote the sites Inscribed In the UNESCO World Heritage List, and raise awareness in transferring Turkey's cultural heritage to future generations.
Turkey in World Heritage


Turkey in World Heritage
Historical Areas of Istanbul, City of Safranbolu, Hattusha (Bogazkoy): The Hittite Capital, Edirne Selimiye Mosquee, Nemrut Mountain, Xanthos-Letoon, Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi, Archaeological Site of Troy, Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Unesco Tentative List
1) Izmir, Selcuk, Ephesus (1994)
2) Antalya, Karain Cave (1994)
3) Trabzon, Sumela Monastery (2000)
4) Mersin, Alahan Monastery (2000)
5) Antalya, Demre, St. Nicholas Church(2000)
6) Sanliurfa, Harran and Sanliurfa Settlements (2000)
7) Bitlis, The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman Citadel (2000)
8) Diyarbakir, The Citadel and the Walls of Diyarbakir (2000)
9) Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (2000)
10) Konya, Konya A Capital of Seljuk Civilisation (2000)
11) Antalya, Alanya Castle and Dockyard (2000)
12) Mardin, Mardin Cultural Landscape (2000)
13) Bursa, Bursa and Cumalikizik Early Ottoman Urban and Rural Settlements (2000)
14) Tarsus, St. Paul Church, St. Pauls Well and surrounding historic quarters (2000)
15) Agri, Ishak Pasha Palace (2000)
16) Antalya , Kas, Kekova (2000)
17) Antalya, Gulluk Mountain Termessos National Park (2000)
18) Aydin, Archaeological Site of Aphrodisias (2009)
19) Antalya, Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilisation (2009)
20) Burdur Archaeological Site Of Sagalassos (2009)
21) Antalya,Archaeological Site of Perge (2009)
22) Beyşehir, Eşrefoğlu Mosque (2011)
23) Hatay, St. Pierre Church (2011)
24) Bergama-İzmir (2011)
25) Göbeklitepe Archaeological Site (2011)
26) Historic City of Ani
27) Medieval City of Beçin
28) Medieval City of Mentesogulları
29) Historic Town of Birgi
30) Historical Site of Gordion
31) Hacı Bektaş Veli Complex
32) Mausoleum and Sacred Area of Hecatomnus
33) Historical Monuments of Nigde
34) Mamure Castle
35) Odunpazarı Historical Urban Site
36) Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop
37) Archeological Site of Zeugma