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UNESCO - World Heritage List (8)
Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi
In this region of Anatolia, conquered by the Turks at the beginning of the 11th century, Emir Ahmet Shah founded a mosque in 1228-1229 containing a single prayer room and crowned by two cupolas, with a hospital adjoining it. A highly elaborate technique of vault construction, and a creative, imaginative type of decorative sculpture - particularly on the three doors, in contrast to the unadorned walls of the interior - are the unique features of this masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
Goreme National Park
In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculptured by erosion, the Goreme Valley and its surroundings contain sanctuaries hewn into the rock, providing irreplaceable evidence of Byzantine art of the post-iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns representing a traditional human habitat, dating back to the 4th century, can also be seen there.
From springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale ("cotton palace" in Turkish) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalides, the kings of Pergame, set up the thermal station of Hierapolis. The site includes the ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments.
Archaeological Site of Troy
The archaeological site of Troy is of immense significance in the
understanding of the development of European civilization at a critical stage
in its early development. It is, moreover, of exceptional cultural importance
because of the profound influence of Homer's Iliad on the creative arts over more
than two millennia.
Troy, with its four thousand years of history, is one of the most
famous archaeological sites in the world. The first excavations at the site were
started in 1871 by the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. In scientific
terms, its extensive remains are the most significant and substantial demonstration
of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean
world. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece
in the 13th or 12th century BC, immortalized by Homer in The Iliad, has inspired
great creative artists throughout the world since that time.
The capital of Lycia, this site illustrates the mixture of Lycian traditions and Hellenic influence, especially through its funeral art. The epigraphic inscriptions are crucial for understanding the Indo- European language and the history of the Lycian people.
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