Safranbolu’s fate shaped by UNESCO inclusion; Daily News

Turkey – City of Safranbolu

The Black Sea province of Karabük’s Safranbolu district, which is famous for its well-preserved historical structures such as Ottoman-era wood houses, mosques, inns, baths, fountains, tombs and guilds, entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Since then, the district has welcomed 3 million tourists in 22 years.

Safranbolu’s identity changed after it gained world heritage status, as the historical mansions in the district became prominent once more with developments in tourism, the restoration of disorganized cobblestone streets and monumental structures and the revival of nearly forgotten handicrafts.

Thanks to its success in protecting the riches of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Safranbolu became one of the world’s best preserved cities and increased its importance for UNESCO.

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