Turkey’s Arslantepe Mound added to UNESCO World Heritage list

The Arslantepe Mound, a 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.”

“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 recognised on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

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