UNESCO World Heritage for Turkey

UNESCO World Heritage Sites represent some of the best natural, cultural and historic attractions in world travel. Below are details of the 16 cultural, natural and mixed sites inscribed for Turkey to date (a red World Heritage symbol denotes a site currently regarded as endangered). For more details of these properties, click on the links to the UNESCO website and the photographic galleries of these sites from OurPlace (where available) or see our highlights of Turkey for descriptions. Also, check out UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage for Turkey below.

1985 - Historic Areas of Istanbul
1985 - Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
1985 - Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi
1986 - Hattusha: the Hittite Capital
1987 - Nemrut Dag
1988 - Xanthos-Letoon
1988 - Hierapolis-Pamukkale
1994 - City of Safranbolu
1998 - Archaeological Site of Troy
2011 - Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
2012 - Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
2014 - Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape
2014 - Bursa and Cumalikizik: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire
2015 - Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape
2015 - Ephesus
2016 - Archaeological Site of Ani

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

Nemrut Dag


Intangible Cultural Heritage

Recently UNESCO has begun to document the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage which includes "traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts". The current listings for Turkey are shown below - click on the links for more details.

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

2008 - Mevlevi Sema ceremony
2008 - Arts of the Meddah, public storytellers
2009 - Âsiklik (minstrelsy) tradition
2009 - Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz, Nevruz
2009 - Karagöz
2010 - Kirkpinar oil wrestling festival
2010 - Traditional Sohbet meetings
2010 - Semah, Alevi-Bektasi ritual
2011 - Ceremonial Keskek tradition
2012 - Mesir Macunu festival