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Turkey has 18 properties inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage List:

Archaeological Site of Troy (1998), City of Safranbolu (1994), Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi (1985), Hattusha: the Hittite Capital (1986), Historic Areas of Istanbul (1985), Mount Nemrut (1987), Neolithic Site of Catalhoyuk (2012), Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex (2011), Xanthos-Letoon (1988), Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (1985) and Hierapolis-Pamukkale (1988), Bursa and Cumalikizik Early Ottoman urban and rural settlements (2014) and Bergama (2014), Ephesus (2015), The Citadel and the Walls of Diyarbakir (2015), Historic City of Ani (2016), Archaeological Site of Aphrodisias (2017) and Gobeklitepe (2018)

Turkey also has 77 properties submitted to the Tentative List of UNESCO:

Karain Cave (1994), Sümela Monastery (The Monastery of Virgin Mary) (2000), Alahan Monastery (2000), St. Nicholas Church (2000), Harran and Sanliurfa (2000), The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman citadel (2000), Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (2000), Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (2000), Alanya (2000), Mardin Cultural Landscape (2000), St.Paul Church, St.Paul’s Well and surrounding historic quarters (2000), Ishak Pasha Palace (2000), Kekova (2000), Güllük Dagi-Termessos National Park (2000), Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (2009), Archaeological Site of Sagalassos (2009), Archaeological Site of Perge (2009), Esrefoglu Mosque (2011), Hatay, St. Pierre Church (2011), Aizanoi Antique City (2012), Archeological Site of Zeugma (2012), Gordion (2012), Historic Town of Birgi (2012), Mausoleum and Sacred area of Hecatomnus (2012), Medieval City of Beçin (2012), Historical Monuments of Niğde (2012), Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop (2012), Odunpazari Historical Urban Site (2012), Mamure Castle (2012), Haci Bektas Veli Complex (2012), Archaeological site of Laodikeia (2013), Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA) (2013), Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (2013), The Ancient City of Sardis and the Lydian Tumuli of Bin Tepe (2013), İznik (2014), Zeynel Abidin Mosque Complex and Mor Yakup (Saint Jacob) Church (2014), Tomb of Ahi Evran (2014), Vespasianus Titus Tunnel (2014), Mahmut Bey Mosque (2014), Archaeological Site of Kültepe-Kanesh (2014), Ancient City of Kaunos (2014), Anatolian Seljuks Madrasahs (2014), Archaeological Site of Arslantepe (2014), Ancient City of Korykos (2014), Ancient City of Anazarbos (2014), Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (2014), Eflatun Pinar: The Hittite Spring Sanctuary (2014), Akdamar Church (2015), The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (2015), Eshab-ı Kehf Kulliye (Islamic-Ottoman Social Complex) (2015), Historic Guild Town of Mudurnu (2015), Mount Harşena and the Rock-tombs of the Pontic Kings (2015), Mountainous Phrygia (2015), Ancient City of Stratonikeia (2015), The Bridge of Uzunköprü (2015), Ismail Fakirullah Tomb and its Light Refraction Mechanism (2015), Yıldız Palace Complex (2015), The Malabadi Bridge (2016), Tushpa/Van Fortress, the Mound and the Old City of Van (2016), Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (2016), Yivli Minaret Mosque (2016), Sivrihisar Great Mosque (2016), The Bodrum Castle (2016), Nuruosmaniye Complex (2016), Ancient city of Kibyra (2016), Haci Bayram Mosque and its Surrounding Area (the Haci Bayram District) (2016), Kızılırmak Delta Wetland and Bird Sanctuary (2016), Archaeological Site of Assos (2017), Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (2017), Ivriz Cultural Landscape (2017), Early Period of Anatolian Turkish Heritage: Niksar, The Capital of Danishmend Dynasty (2018), The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas’ and Kastels (2018), Wooden Roofed and Wooden Columned Mosques in Anatolia (2018), The Bridge of Justinian (2018), Archaeological Site of Priene (2018), Historic City of Harput (2018), Basilica Therma (Sarıkaya Roma Hamamı) (2018) 

 

Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, Homer (the poet), King Midas, Heredotus (the father of history) and St. Paul the Apostle.

Gobeklitepe has been proved that it is the oldest temple in the world from 11,500 years ago.

The first landscape picture of the world has been discovered on a wall of a house in Catalhoyuk, depicting the eruption of Mount Hasan about 6500 years ago. Catalhoyuk is also the oldest human settlement in Turkey.

The first Islamic University in the world is located in Harran, Sanliurfa.

Istanbul is the only city in the world that separates two continents, Asia and Europe.

It is believed that Noah’s Ark had landed on the skirts of Mount Ararat which is the highest in Turkey (5137 meters).

Saint Paul The Apostle was born in Tarsus, on the south coast of Turkey.

The First Ecumenical Council in Christianity was held in Iznik (Nicaea) in 325AD.

Alexander The Great cut the famous Gordion Knot in Phrygian capital, Gordion which is close to Ankara.

Turkey is the birthplace and home of St. Nicholas popularly known as Santa Claus.

Turkey has the most valuable silk carpet in the world, in Mevlana Museum, Konya with 144 knots per sq. cm.

St. Pierre Church in Antioch (Antakya) is one of the oldest churches in the world.

The best-preserved Roman Theatre is located in Aspendos, Antalya and it is still serving for some big concerts.

The Virgin Mary House located in Ephesus Region is the place where the Virgin Mary has spent her last days and also a pilgrimage place since 1967.

Seven Churches of Revelation are all located on Aegean Side of Turkey (Ephesus, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamon, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Collosae).

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