The historical site of Guvercinada Castle on Pigeon Island has been entered into the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list.

A tentative list is areas that are considered to be a cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.

By registering on the list is extremely important as it greatly promotes the area, as in this case Kusadasi.

Kusadasi Mayor, Omer Gunel has emphasized the importance of the castle whose restoration and landscaping works were completed by Kusadasi Municipality and opened to visitors a few years ago.

This tiny island off the west coast of the town is just a few hundred meters from the mainland and connected by a walkway.

It is said that the castle was built in the late 13th or early 14th century and restored by the Ottomans in 1834.

Evliya Celebi, who was one of the most celebrated Ottoman travelers and who journeyed for more than 40 years throughout the territories of the Ottoman Empire expressed that the castle and island were “talismanic islet, that birds do not pass by”. He made this comment because every year, many hundreds of thousands of birds come to this island and they do not pass by without stopping.

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