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Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

Factors affecting the property in 1992*
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Construction of hotels in the safeguarded sector

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1992
Requests approved: 2 (from 1992-1992)
Total amount approved : 21,200 USD
Missions to the property until 1992**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1992

[Oral report by ICOMOS and the Secretariat]  

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1992
16 BUR VI.38
State of conservation

With regard to the state of conservation of the monuments of Goreme (Turkey), the Bureau noted the willingness of the national authorities to continue the restoration of the site and requested the World Heritage Centre to prepare, in consultation with the responsible Turkish authorities and specialists, a more detailed dossier concerning tourist developments which may be detrimental to the visibility of the monuments.

SOC: Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (Turkey)

Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (Turkey)

The Committee noted with concern the information received on the state of conservation of the site. According to the consultant responsible for evaluation of the site in question, the Turkish authorities and the Ministry of Culture in particular did not seem to be aware of the decisions taken by the Committee in 1985 providing for an extension of the protected area of the Goreme site. According to the consultant's report, this site is undergoing serious changes due mainly to the construction of hotels in the safeguarded sector. After hearing the comments of the delegates emphasizing the gravity of the situation in a site for which UNESCO has issued an appeal for an international safeguard campaign, and after receiving information from ICCROM concerning preparations for a seminar in Goreme in 1993, the Committee asked the World Heritage Centre to write to the Turkish authorities reminding them of its decisions. The Deputy Director of the Centre indicated in this regard that the Turkish authorities had requested assistance from the Centre in setting up a coordinating committee for this site, which comes under the authority of several ministries.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1992
Date of Inscription: 1985
Category: Mixed
Criteria: (i)(iii)(v)(vii)

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.