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Turkey in the World Heritage List

The General Conference of the UNESCO meeting in Paris from 17 October to 21 November 1972, at its seventeenth session, adopted the international treaty called the "Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage" in order to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The World Heritage Convention was ratified by Turkey on 14 April 1982, approved by the Decision no 8/4788 of the Council of Ministers on 23 May 1982, and officially announced in the Gazette issued 17959 on 14 February 1983.

Cultural and/or natural properties that are of Outstanding Universal Value are designated by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee as a "World Heritage Site". Only countries that have signed the Convention, pledging to protect their natural and cultural heritage, can submit nomination proposals for properties on their territory to be considered for inclusion on the World Heritage List. Those nominated sites that meet the criteria for inscription are included in the List by the World Heritage Committee, the main body in charge of the implementation of the Convention, based on the evaluation reports prepared by the Advisory Bodies, ICOMOS and IUCN.

As of 2014, there are 1007 sites inscribed on the World Heritage List: 779 cultural, 197 natural, and 31 mixed properties in 161 State Parties. The number of World Heritage Sites increase each year during the General Committee meetings. For further details, please see the official website of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list

As a result of the inscription programmes undertaken by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, there are 13 cultural and natural properties in Turkey that are  inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These World Heritage Sites are: 

was listed as both the cultural and the natural heritage.
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