ISTANBUL–The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added cultural sites in Diyarbekir, Turkey, to its World Heritage List, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
The Diyarbekir Fortress and the city’s Hevsel Gardens were inaugurated into the list during the 39th session of the Committee, held in Bonn, Germany on July 4.
The site was chosen by a unanimous vote of 20 delegates after a presentation to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
“All 20 members took the floor in favor of Diyarbekir and stressed that the site’s heritage and conservation plan are vital to humanity, so Diyarbekir was approved for the list with assent and applause,” Professor Ocal Oguz, president of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, told Anadolu Agency.
Located on an escarpment of the Upper Tigris River Basin which is part of the “Fertile Crescent,” the fortified city of Diyarbekir and the surrounding landscape has been an important center since the Hellenistic period, through the Roman, Sassanid, Byzantine, Islamic, and Ottoman times to the present, according to UNESCO.