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UNESCO adds new Turkish sites to World Heritage list

Turkey has a plethora of intriguing cultural landmarks and buildings that are begging to be explored.

Examples of architecture from the days of the Ottoman Empire are still seen across the country and tourism chiefs are keen for more important places to be officially protected by UNESCO.

In the last few days, the organisation has revealed that 38 Turkish sites will be added to its preliminary World Heritage List.

Achieving such status is crucial, as it guarantees landmarks that carry a great deal of natural, historical and cultural importance will be safeguarded by the international body.

The country already has ten places that are protected and culture minister Ertugrul Gunay is desperate for this to increase.

He met with UNESCO director general Irina Bokova in Istanbul on April 20th, where the pair discussed the possible addition of archaeological sites such as the Hac? Bektash Veli complex and Yesemek Open-air Museum to the World Heritage List.

Many of the places that are under consideration are very popular among people who have booked holidays in Turkey.