City walls, gardens in Diyarbakır added to UNESCO World Heritage list

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has added cultural sites in Diyarbakir Turkey to its World Heritage List, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The Diyarbakir Fortress and the city’s Hevsel Gardens were inaugurated into the list during the 39th session of the Committee, held in the German city of Bonn late on July 4.

The site was chosen by a unanimous vote of 20 delegates after a Diyarbakir presentation of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

“All of the 20 members took the floor in favor of Diyarbakırand stressed that both the conservation plan and the heritage are vital for the humanity, so Diyarbakir was approved for the list with assent and applause,” Prof. Öcal Oğuz, president of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, told Anadolu Agency.

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