Turkey has its 19th UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site with Arslantepe Mound


Turkey, the land of historic significance and a nation with great cultural depths is now offering more incredible reasons for travelers across the globe to visit the country. The Arslantepe Mound, an 8000-year old archaeological mound was inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites positioning Turkey as a destination with a record number of recognition for its cultural heritage sites. The announcement was done during the recently held Extended 44th UNESCO World Heritage Committee online session in Fuzhou, China.  

According to a statement by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Arslantepe Mound had been on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List since 2014, and it is one of Turkey’s “earliest religious and civil sites.”

Turkey is a land of world heritage sites offering incredible travel opportunities. Many civilizations from the earliest ages of humanity have settled in Turkey and have left their mark across this beautiful country. Spectacular examples of natural wonders stand side by side with this rich cultural heritage.

Arslantepe, “Lion Hill” in English, has been on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List since 2014, as one of Turkey’s earliest religious and civil sites. This is a land of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, of outdoor adventures, culture, and cuisine, the land of turquoise. With the mound, the number of Turkish sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List has reached 19.

“The archaeological site of Arslantepe is located on Southeastern Turkey on the Malatya plain, 5 kilometers from the city center and 15 km from the Euphrates River. Malatya is merely a one-hour flight distance from Istanbul. It is a 4-hectare and 30-meter high archaeological mound dominating the plain and formed by the superimposition of settlements for millennia from at least the 6th millennium BCE to the late Roman period,” UNESCO said.

The addition of Turkey’s Arslantepe Mound means that Turkey now has 19 amazing cultural and natural sites recognized on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It includes

  • Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi,
  • Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia,
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul,
  • Hattusha: The Hittite Capital,
  • Mount Nemrut,
  • Hierapolis and Pamukkale,
  • Xanthos-Letoon,
  • City of Safranbolu,
  • Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape,
  • Archaeological Site of Troy,
  • Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex,
  • Neolithic Site of Catalhoyuk,
  • Bursa and Cumalikizik, the birth of Ottoman Empire,
  • Pergamon and its Multilayered Cultural Landscape,
  • Ephesus,
  • Archaeological Site of Ani,
  • Aphrodisias,
  • Gobeklitepe,
  • Arslantepe Mound

Turkey is located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and European continents that are separated by the famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomes tourists from all around the world. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature, and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity, and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts visitors from all over the world.

The “Safe Tourism Program” Implemented by Turkey Tourism has been rapidly adopted by the key players in the industry. The programme defines a series of measures that must be taken across a vast range of related bodies including food & beverage, transportation, and accommodation establishments to ensure the health and well-being of facility personnel and guests, both local and foreign.