Izmir’s old town “Kemeralti” takes step for UNESCO World Heritage List

ENGIN TATLIBAL ● Izmir’s historic city center, which has 2500 years of history and covering Kemeralti, Kadifekale and Basmane regions, has taken the first step to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Temporary List nomination application was submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to be forwarded to UNESCO.
The application file prepared by Kentimiz Izmir Association (“Our city Izmir”) and TARKEM (Historical Kemeralti Construction Investment Trade Inc.) under the supervision of Izmir Governor’s Office and the coordination of Izmir Development Agency. Probable acceptance will be an important turning points for the preservation and survival of the historical city center of Izmir.
File delivered to Ms Nes Akdogan, World Heritage Sites Branch Office Director by Mr Sergenc Ineler, General Manager of TARKEM will be presented to UNESCO authorities after preliminary evaluation.
First Kemeralti is accepted to the Temporary List, then the main application file will be prepared by a coordination team for taking place at the main list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.