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Revitalization of History in Şanlıurfa

The Project aims primarily at structuring a management model for sustainable tourism for which public and private sectors work together and developing and implementing a settlement master plan. The historic sites, streets and buildings of the city are renovated through the Revitalisation of History in Şanlıurfa Project. Existing buildings are functionalized through environmental planning. The project involves the protection of Göbeklitepe’s archaeological sites to be included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List and also includes the excavation site to be covered with a coat and a site management plan to be developed.

Through the project, it is expected to implement an effective destination management model and management structure increasing the number of tourists visiting the city. Intensive promotional and informative activities are carried out in addition to developing a platform for all tourism projects, designing walking routes for tourists, facilitating access to touristic centres and museums, branding and marketing activities. The first steps of organising an international archaeology conference and an annual festival are taken with this project. Şanlıurfa is becoming an attractive destination for all to visit throughout 12 months contentedly.

Human resources capacity in the tourism sector is developed with various training to enhance the service quality of the industry. 


Balıklıgöl, Harran, and Göbeklitepe, hosts of the very first temple in the world, were built 12 thousand years ago. Even these would suffice to explain the historical treasure of Şanlıurfa as the cradle of many civilizations in Eastern Anatolia from the Sumerians to the Hittites and from the Persians to the Ancient Romans. There are 2409 registered cultural assets in Şanlıurfa. This figure proves that Şanlıurfa has the potential of becoming a worldwide cultural and tourism centre.