NEWS DESK - Göreme Valley, famous for its "Fairy Chimneys", is no longer a national park after a decree by the President has been published in the Official Gazette.
Cappadocia Valley, also known as Göreme Valley in Turkish, has been removed from the list of national parks by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
According to a presidential decree that has been published in the Official Gazette, the valley's national park status is removed due to Article 3 of the Law on Encouragement of Tourism.
The valley in the central Anatolian city of Nevşehir was declared a national park with a decree by the Cabinet of Ministers on October 30, 1986. It was inscripted in UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1985.
Cappadocia and its area were first planned to be declared a national park in 1967 and a "long term development plan" was prepared for the region.
According to Erdoğan's decree, Torba district and its area and Kızılağaç içmeler area in the western Muğla province are declared a "protection and development zone for culture and tourism."