UNESCO Adds Site in Turkey to World Heritage List
The UNESCO World Heritage List got a little bit longer this month, with the addition of the 11th site in Turkey to make it to this geographic all-star team. The 34-acre Neolithic Site at Çatalhöyük (don't ask us to pronounce it), located in the Konya province on the Southern Anatolian Plateau of Turkey, bears evidence of several series of human occupation dating back to 7,400 BC and spanning more than 2,000 years.
Comprised of two hills, the site is rife with early human artifacts. The eastern hill site reveals wall paintings, reliefs, sculptures ,and other works. On its website, UNESCO indicated the importance of these works in the human cultural narrative:
"...they testify to the evolution of social organization and cultural practices as humans adapted to a sedentary life."
Well, relatively sedentary (You're reading this from your office chair, aren't you?).
The western hill shows evidence of a street-less settlement of houses and demonstrates human cultural evolution from settlements to cities.
To be inscripted, or in night club terms, make the list, sites have to be of "outstanding universal value" and meet at least one of ten criteria outlined by the organization. In the case of Çatalhöyük, the site met criteria II and IV, that is, it showed an "important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design," and it is an "outstanding example of a type of building, architectural, or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history." Congratulations to the artists and skilled laborers of Çatalhöyük!
To date, the list includes nearly 1,000 sites. Other destinations and sites to make the list in 2012 include four archeological sites in Lenggong Valley in Malaysia, Gonbad-e Qabus in Iran, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany, and Rabat, Morocco, among others. To see the full list and criteria, visit whc.unesco.org.
Photo credits: Courtesy of CatalHoyuk/Flickr
Member Comments Post a Comment
Be the first to comment!
Fodor's Top News & Features
- 10 Top Bakeries Across the US
- World's 10 Best Trips for Wine Lovers
- Pot Tourism: How to Buy Marijuana in Colorado
- 20 Gorgeous Seaside Towns in Italy
- Cheap and Chic: 10 Affordable Hawaii Hotels
- 10 Castles You Can Actually Afford to Sleep In
- 10 Best Lakeside Hotels in the US
- World's Best Destinations for Solo Travel
- 7 Great Food Festivals & Street Fairs on Oahu
- Where to Drink in Chicago Now
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Fodor's Go List 2014: Where we are going in 2014
- World Cup Fever: Start planning your trip to Brazil!
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- $99 & up -- Atlanta Hotel Sale incl. Weekends, Save 40%Marriott Hotels & Resorts
- $267 -- New 4-Star Punta Cana 'Westin' Resort, 30% OffWestin Puntacana Resort & Club
- $1006 & up -- Aruba: 4-Star Casino Resort Vacation w/AirfareApple Vacations
- $989 & up -- Aruba Beach Vacations incl. AirAruba Tourism Authority
- $189-$199 -- Weekends at Downtown Los Angeles 4-Star HotelThe Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
- $569 & up -- Mexican Riviera 6-Day Cruise w/Oceanview CabinCarnival Cruise Lines