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Turkey to Nominate Archaeological Site of Ephesus to World Heritage List

Turkey is taking steps for the nomination of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus to the UNESCO World Heritage List, representatives of the Ministry of Culture announced recently.

The Library of Celsus at EphesusThe site has been included in UNESCO’s tentative list since 1994.

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near the present-day town of Selçuk in Turkey’s Izmir Province. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era, and later, in the Roman period, it was the second largest city of the Roman Empire for many years, ranking only behind Rome, the empire's capital.

The Agora of Ephesus The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Currently, Ephesus – together with just over 20 other sites, is present in Turkey’s Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites - an inventory of properties which are cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and which each State Party intends to consider for nomination at some point.

The Theatre of Ephesus Once a site has been nominated and evaluated, the intergovernmental World Heritage Committee meets once a year and makes the final decision on its inscription. To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria.

In the current UNESCO World Heritage List, Turkey boasts 10 sites, including the Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, the Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği, Historic Areas of Istanbul, Hattusha: the Hittite Capital, Nemrut Dağ, Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Xanthos-Letoon, the City of Safranbol, and the Archaeological Site of Troy.

Source: Balkan Travellers


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