Gordion Ancient City, one of the most important archaeological sites of the ancient era, has been declared a "World Heritage" by UNESCO.
In the 45th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Gordion will now be protected as a world heritage site.
With this announcement made by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, on his social media accounts, Turkey has added its 20th cultural asset to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In his announcement, Minister Ersoy said, "We have good news! We have registered our 20th asset in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Gordion Ancient City, one of the unique cultural assets of Ankara, has become a 'World Heritage'. I would like to thank everyone involved."
However, indicating that there is more to come, Minister Ersoy continued his post by saying, "But it's not over yet! We are expecting more good news from UNESCO. Hopefully, with the beautiful news we expect to receive from Anatolian wooden-supported mosques, we will further increase our count in the World Heritage List. Congratulations."
The unique and universal values of Gordion were the factors that brought it to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Gordion is one of the rare areas that has been inhabited for the longest time in the world.
In Gordion, located in the Polatlı district of Ankara, settlement that started around 2,500 BC (Early Bronze Age) continues to this day in Yassıhöyük, adjacent to the ancient city.
The settlement in the Ancient City and its surroundings, which lasted for 4,500 years with very few interruptions, places Gordion among the rare areas with the longest history of settlement in the world.
Many tumuli in the vicinity of Gordion, the capital of the Phrygian civilization, are dated to different periods from the 9th century BC to the 3rd century BC.
While the Citadel Mound is the most important component that constitutes the Gordion Archaeological Site and has reached the present day, the early period Phrygian fortress walls and monumental structures also stand out as unique examples in Anatolia for that period.