On the 13th of April this year, 10 new properties from Turkey, consisting of nine cultural and one natural heritage sites, including, among other, the Akdamar Church, the Yıldız Palace Complex, the Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos, Mountainous Phrygia, the Bridge of Uzunköprü (Long Bridge), the İsmail Fakirullah Tomb, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ömer Çelik, stated that with these 10 new inscriptions, the total number of Turkish sites awaiting the inclusion onto the permanent list increased to 62.
The inclusion of Akdamar Church is the subject of a special message
Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik said: “As a rule, we are allowed to propose each year the inclusion of 2 properties into the permanent list, namely, one “natural site” and one “cultural site”. “Of course, I am very pleased that 10 heritage sites from Turkey were included on the tentative list. But I am particularly happy about the inclusion of the Armenian Church of Akdamar. Thus, we achieved a major step in showing the world the scope of our cultural heritage and the richness of our cultural landscape.” “If we are able to give out mutual peace messages with the Anzacs who came from the other end of the world to make war on our lands, then, we will not allow foreign parliaments to interfere between us and the Armenians with whom we shared a common destiny throughout history in Anatolia; we cannot accept this as normal”, he said.