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Three more sites in Turkey make it to UNESCO's temporary list


Three more sites in Turkey have been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage, bringing the total number of Turkish properties on the list up to 72, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a statement released on saturday.

Three more sites in Turkey make it to UNESCO's temporary list
Greek theatre at Assos [Credit: DHA]
The ancient Greek city of Assos in northwestern Çanakkale province, Ayvalık (Greek Ayvali, also called Kydonies) seaside town in the northwestern province of Balıkesir and Ivriz cultural landscape in central Konya were placed on the tentative list on April 15, according to a statement issued by the ministry.     

Three more sites in Turkey make it to UNESCO's temporary list
The seaside town of Ayvali, also called Kydonies, remains largely as it was in 1922 
when it was almost entirely populated by Greeks [Credit: Zorpidis]
Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı said Turkey had a total of 16 assets on the World Heritage List, ranking 17th among all countries in the world.     

Three more sites in Turkey make it to UNESCO's temporary list
Hittite rock relief at İvriz in south-central Anatolia [Credit: DHA]
The minister said the 41st World Heritage Committee session would be held in the Polish city of Krakow in July, during which the committee would consider including the archaeological site of Aphrodisias in western province of Aydın in the World Heritage List, after having been on the tentative list since February 2009.     

The application for the archaeological site of Göbeklitepe in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, which has been on the tentative list since April 2011, will be up for discussion in the 2018 meeting, Avci said, adding that the ministry believes the two sites will be inscribed in the list.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [May 08, 2017]
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