Safranbolu, a district of the Black Sea province of Karabük that has become famous for its preserved historical buildings from the Ottoman period, marks the 26th anniversary of its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage List on Dec. 17.
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The first female mayor of Safranbolu, a town dating to the 11th century, is eager to put her UNESCO-protected city on Turkey’s tourism map.
Safranbolu district of Karabük, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is known as the “capital of protection,” broke a record last year by hosting a total of 1.27 million visitors.
Historical fountains in the well-preserved historic town of Safranbolu in northwestern Turkey, dating back to Ottoman times, will undergo a restoration so that water flows again through its bibcocks like it did for centuries.
Safranbolu Mayor Necdet Aksoy said that 48 fountains have been restored since 2009, while also noting that over years, as time passes, fountains inevitably corrode.
In an effort to fix this problem, Aksoy announced that the Safranbolu Municipality developed a large restoration project for a total of 51 fountains.
The Union of Historical Towns and the Foundation for the Protection and Promotion of the Environment and Cultural Heritage (ÇEKÜL) also take part in the project.
Aksoy also said that the Governorate of Karabük province will allocate a budget of 450 million Turkish liras ($116.4 million) for the restoration.
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.
Famous for its preserved historical buildings that include frame houses, mosques, inns, Turkish bath houses, fountains and shrines, and on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994, Safranbolu, a district of the northern city of Karabük, has hosted 3 million tourists over the past 22 years.
Safranbolu, a district of Karabük that has become famous for its preserved historical buildings from the Ottoman era that include frame houses, mosques, inns, Turkish bath houses, fountains and shrines, has hosted 3 million tourists in the past 22 years that it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
With a considerable increase in tourism, historical abandoned mansions, which are one of the most important constituents of Turkish urban culture, has been maintained and refunctioned after the district gained the distinction of being a “world heritage site.”