UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting in Doha these days, pondering which properties to add to its list of places that deserve special protection. As I hit ‘publish’, 22 new sites have been inscribed; the list now comprising a grand total of 1 001 sites. And I find myself becoming more and more of a world heritage geek. Perhaps I’ll just see them all.

One of the new inscriptions is the cultural Pergamon landscape in western Turkey.

My very first visit to Turkey was to Pergamon. I had taken the boat from the Greek island of Lesbos, passed through customs in Ayvalik, then caught a bus to Bergama. Easy then, probably just as easy today.

I remember my much younger self wandering around this ancient centre of learning and of healing (there’s a shrine to Asclepius, god of healing), being fascinated by the acropolis, the temples and, not least, the very steep theatre. We humans have always wanted circus, I suppose.


Surrounding the ancient city are hills with burial mounds. Such gorgeous landscape.

Pergamon landscape

Have you visited Pergamon? Are you a World Heritage geek as well?


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Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape was just inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites we have visited around the world.