Historic Town of Kemaliye

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Historic Town of Kemaliye is part of the Tentative list of Turkiye in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Historic Town of Kemaliye is an Ottoman / Anatolian settlement set against the slopes of the Dark Canyon. The houses were constructed of stone and wood. The Karanlik or Dark Canyon is one of the largest in the world. The Taş Yol (the Stone Road) is a 7km mountain road with 38 tunnels.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Philipp Peterer

Switzerland - 02-Apr-22 -

Historic Town of Kemaliye (T) by Philipp Peterer

I visited Kemaliye on a detour between Divrigi and Diyarbakir. The village is located in a huge canyon and thus only accessible from the north or the south. I approached from the north (1h20 drive from Divrigi.

The landscape is spectacular. The village is nice but not outstanding. It seems to be a known spot for hiking as there is tourist infrastructure and signs leading to different trails. There are many Ottoman style buildings, but most of them seemed new or so heavily renovated that they are not recognizable as historic buildings. The nicest feature of the village is the stream flowing through the village.

I understand the idea of inscribing a village from the Ottoman period. However, I am not sure Kemaliye has the outstanding value justifying an inscription.

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Urban landscape - Arabic and Middle Eastern
2021 Added to Tentative List

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