The World Heritage Committee will meet in Doha (Qatar) from the 15th to the 25th of June. During the session the inscription of 40 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be considered. Two cultural sites from Turkey are among them: Bursa and Pergamon. Let's take a look at these candidates and keep the fingers crossed for their inscription!
A Neolithic settlement of Çayönü is situated in Diyarbakır province of Turkey, nearby a small town of Ergani. It was inhabited from around 7200 to 6600 BC and first excavated between 1964 and 1978 by a team of archaeologists led by Robert John Braidwood. The second round of excavations was conducted from 1985 to 1991. The study of Çayönü revealed that the settlement covers the periods of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A, the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B and the Pottery Neolithic. The area of the settlement consists of a mound which is 200 meters in diameter.
Alexandria Troas was the ancient port city in the Troad, founded by Antigonus I Monophthalmus - one of the generals of Alexander the Great - as Antigoneia. After the death of Antigonus, another Macedonian commander - Lysimachus - controlled the Troad. The city was then renamed to Alexandria, in honor of the great Macedonian leader. Because there were many cities called Alexandria in those days, this particular Alexandria was given the term "Troas" or "from the Troad."
In the end of January 2014 Turkish media informed about the discovery of a Byzantine church, hidden underneath the waters of Lake İznik in Bursa Province. The mysteries of this structure have slowly began to be unveiled by archaeologists and historians that joined their efforts to find out as much as possible about the building.