UNESCO’s decision to inscribe Aphrodisias Archaeological Site in Karacasu, Aydın on the UNESCO World Heritage List was gladly welcomed.
Prof. Roland R.R. Smith, the head of the Excavation Team, indicated it was a source of proud that the ancient city was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as a result of the efforts by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. In his statement, Smith said: "It is good for everyone. We have been recognized and acknowledged in the international arena. This cast a light on us. I hope that more and more people will come to the city of Aphrodisias enlightened with this light and will have the chance to learn about these beauties."
"Number of tourists to boost"
Buharkent Mayor Mehmet Deniz Arabacı, acting as a deputy, noted: "I believe the number of local and foreign visitors for the ancient city will further increase. The district will be lively."
Karacasu Mayor Mustafa Büyükyapıcı indicated they had so many artefacts to fill at least five museums although they currently had two, and added: "Our aim is to make our district into a cultural centre with new museum projects. We will ensure that tourists visiting Karacasu stay in downtown or stop here for sightseeing."
Adnan Çam, a teacher, cited that Aphrodisias was one of the most glorious sites in the world, and told: “It is an honour for Karacasu and Turkey. We need to protect such sites in unity.”