📩 22/02/2021 11:05
Preparations continue for the permanent listing of the Historical İzmir, Birgi, Gediz Delta and Foça, Çandarlı and Çeşme castles on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list. Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer“We are working with great devotion with all stakeholders in İzmir, especially the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in order to crown İzmir with the UNESCO World Heritage category,” he said.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which set out with the aim of making Izmir a world city, continues its works on the areas on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list. Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer Giving information about the works, “İzmir is an important geography on a world scale with its cultural and natural values. We are working with great devotion with all stakeholders in İzmir, especially the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in order to crown İzmir with the UNESCO World Heritage category.
We will increase the brand value of İzmir
President Tunç SoyerEmphasizing the importance of the World's İzmir Heritage works on the path of UNESCO, he said: "With our World's İzmir Heritage works, we aim to increase the number of UNESCO sites in the city and to increase the number of tourists visiting İzmir, with a sustainable tourism approach, by ensuring the relationship of these areas with each other. . This program also constitutes an important pillar of the new tourism promotion strategy of Izmir, which we have prepared together with the Izmir Foundation and Izmir Development Agency.”
There are many areas in İzmir that meet the UNESCO World Heritage criteria. As a result of the works carried out with different stakeholders in the city, the historical Izmir, Birgi, Gediz Delta and Foça, Çandarlı and Çeşme castles, which are part of the Genoese trade route, are expected to be included in the permanent list. Field management studies continue for Ephesus and Bergama, which are on the permanent list.
Ephesus, located in the Selçuk district of Izmir; Ephesus Ruins, House of Virgin Mary, Ayasuluk Hill and St. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List with a total of four components: Jean Basilica and Çukuriçi Höyük. One of Turkey's biggest open-air museum with the title of Ephesus, visiting the ancient city of millions of people every year. In Ephesus, there is the Great Theater, the largest open air theater of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and the Celsus Library, which is also defined as an important architectural value. Efes is also part of the Küçük Menderes Delta wetland.
Bergama Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape Area
Bergama is another cultural heritage site in Izmir that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Pergamon Acropolis, with its library building, was an important education center in the ancient world and the administrative center of the Kingdom of Pergamon. The acropolis is also home to the steepest ancient theater and the first psychiatric hospital, the Asklepion Health Center and Sanctuary.
Historical Port City
The region, which is named as historical Izmir today and which gives Izmir the feature of being an ancient port city, starts from Konak Pier, which was built as an entrance gate to this port city in the 19th century, and extends to Kadifekale. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List with the title of Historical Port City, this area features prominent symbols of Izmir such as Konak Square and the Clock Tower; It also hosts one of the oldest and largest open-air shopping centers in the world, with Kemeraltı Bazaar, which expanded over time as the inner harbor filled.
Birgi, affiliated to Ödemiş, is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. Birgi is located in a lush geography that preserves its traditional architectural texture with its high stone houses and wooden windows. With its history dating back 5 thousand years, Birgi features mansions from the past to the present, as well as tombs, mosques and baths.
Foça, Çandarlı and Çeşme Castles
Much to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Genoese fortress walls Settlements in Commercial Road heading from Turkey together with different points located in Foca, Cesme Çandarlı and castles, the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.
Located next to Izmir, Gediz Delta is the best indication that one can live in a modern city without breaking away from nature. Izmir as a great metropolis, which is home to hundreds of birds and species, is home to Turkey's largest coastal wetlands in the Gediz Delta. Salt production in Turkey delta satisfies approximately one third, but also the production of farmers and fishermen Izmir. Gediz Delta is one of the rare wetlands of international importance that offer a living environment to thousands of living creatures thanks to the different habitats it hosts. Last year, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality made an official candidacy application for Gediz Delta, which is an Important Nature Area and Important Bird Area on a world scale, to be included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List.
UNESCO World Heritage
There are 1972 heritage sites declared as a World Heritage Site in the World Heritage List created according to the 1.121 Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and determined by the World Heritage Committee. Of these, 869 cultural, 213 natural and 39 mixed (natural and cultural) Turkey's cultural heritage sites in this list of 16, 2 of them has 18 heritage sites including mixed.
Izmir also continues to work on UNESCO's two networks between cities. Included in the UNESCO Learning Cities Global Network with the work of the Vocational Factory, İzmir continues its preparations to apply to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of design.