Fight Against the Illegal Trafficking of Cultural Heritage

Turkey has been the cradle of different civilizations throughout  history. Consequently Turkey is one of the richest countries in the world as regards historical monuments, artifacts and ruins. This makes Turkey a target of illegal trafficking of antiques and artifacts which are smuggled out of Turkey and displayed in several leading museums and private collections in the world. Measures taken by the competent Turkish authorities, have resulted in the restitution of many of the illegally exported cultural property from Turkey.

Exporting cultural property from Turkey illegally is an offence subject to punishment.