Çatalhöyük added to World Heritage List

Çatalhöyük added to World Heritage List

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has decided to add Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic settlement south of Anatolia in Turkey, to the List of World Heritage Sites.

The site is an important example of the transitional period in which peoples were gradually transformed into urban centers. It contains 18 levels of Neolithic occupation, showing various cultural practices dating back Chalcolithic period, according to the UNESCO website. With the addition of Çatalhöyük, the number of sites in Turkey included in the UNESCO World Heritage List has increased to 11.

Besides being a archaeological site, Çatalhöyük is one of the major tourist attractions, with various wall paintings, sculptures and ornaments such as bracelets and necklaces, all visible to visitors. Testimony of a rich culture, the place includes many houses from the neolithic era that are very close to each other with roofs that serve as windows and doors; it seems that the inhabitants they entered their houses through the roof.

In May of last year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism went to UNESCO to include more historical and cultural places to the Provisional List of World Heritage Sites. Göreme National Park and the Rockies of Cappadocia, the Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği, certain historical areas of Istanbul and the Hittite capital of Hattusha are some of the historical and cultural places included in the List of World Heritage Sites.

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