Historic Areas of Istanbul

Factors affecting the property in 1997*
  • Management activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Need to monitor movements which could affect the structure of the building

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Need for information on the Urban development Plan 
  • Need to monitor the structure of the buildings
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1997
Requests approved: 8 (from 1986-1994)
Total amount approved : 269,000 USD
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997
The Bureau took note of the report of ICOMOS and expressed concern over the state of conservation of the Historic Areas of Istanbul, in particular, the conservation methods being applied in Zeyrek.

Action Required
The Bureau requested the State Party to submit a report on the conservation efforts being made to maintain the World Heritage value of the site, by 15 April 1998, for examination by the Bureau at its twenty-second session.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1997
21 COM VII.C.55
Reports on the state of conservation of cultural properties noted by the Committee

VII.55 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau on the following cultural properties as reflected in the report of the Bureau session, Working Documents WHC-97/CONF.208/4B Section III.C.c):

Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site (El Salvador)

Le Canal du Midi (France)

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France)

Ashanti Traditional Buildings (Ghana)

Maya Site of Copan (Honduras)

Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri (India)

Quseir Amra (Jordan)

Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic)

Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico)

Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique)

Moenjodaro (Pakistan)

Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Philippines)

Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (Spain)

Cultural World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka

Ancient City of Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic)

Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey)

Itchan Kala, Historic Centre of Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Shibam and Zabid (Yemen).

Report year: 1997
Date of Inscription: 1985
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
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* : 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.