Turkey's Göbeklitepe added to UNESCO heritage list
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
Göbeklitepe, a site in southeastern Turkey hailed as the world’s oldest temple, has been added to UNESCO World Heritage list, the Foreign Ministry said on July 1.
In a statement issued on its website, the ministry said the decision was made during the ongoing 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Manama, Bahrain.
Göbeklitepe has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List since 2011.
According to the ministry, it is "the world’s oldest known megalithic structure located in Upper Mesopotamia and dates back to 11,000 years".
Turkey now boasts of 18 heritage sites on the list.
"As a result of intensive efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the adoption of this decision, the number of inscribed sites of Turkey on UNESCO World Heritage List has reached to 18," the statement added.
During preparations for its candidacy, a 4,000-square-meter steel roof was erected to protect the site.
After being temporarily closed to visitors due to restoration work, Göbeklitepe partially reopened in February.
Turkey’s properties inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List are as follows:
Site of Ani (2016)
Archaeological Site of Troy (1998)
Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire (2014),
City of Safranbolu (1994),
Dİyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (2015)
Great Mosque and Hospital of Dİvrİğİ (1985)
Hattusha: The Hittite Capital (1986)
Historic Areas of Istanbul (1985)
Nemrut MOUNTAIN (1987)
Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük (2012)
Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape (2014)
Selİmİye Mosque and its Social Complex (2011)
Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (1985)