• World Heritage Review 80: World Heritage in Turkey

World Heritage Review 80: World Heritage in Turkey

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The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee is taking place in Istanbul from 10 to 20 July 2016, and we are extremely grateful to Turkey for generously hosting this session.

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Turkey is a country at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, with a diverse heritage of civilizations that have been a cultural and historical influence worldwide. It is home to fifteen World Heritage sites, thirteen cultural and two mixed properties of both cultural and natural values. These include the Historic Areas of Istanbul, the Archaeological Site of Troy, Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape, and many others.

Istanbul in particular plays an important role in heritage conservation. I had the privilege of participating in a number of missions to assist in the safeguarding of its historic urban landscape. Integrated management, including tourism and visitor management, is of vital importance for Istanbul as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This issue presents the challenges of Istanbul’s preservation and transmission of heritage, as the foundation for a globally important destination.