Gobeklitepe caught the attention of the whole world. It quickly became one of the most popular tourist destinations. At the same time, celebrities chose it as their vacation destination. And celebrities visited this place. Xiao Zhang (Sean Xiao) is one of the celebrities who visited this place. Xiao Zhang (Sean Xiao) toured the Gobeklitepe excavation.
Gobeklitepe the World’s First Temple
Gobeklitepe is located near Orencik Neighborhood, 20 kilometers from the Sanliurfa. It is considered to be the oldest known temple center in the world. Gobeklitepe is 12,000 years old. Gobeklitepe is 7000 years older than Stonehenge in England and 7500 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. Gobeklitepe entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018. This important structure, which was unearthed when a farmer plowed his own field, found a stone and took this stone to a museum, is a place that many people want to see.
Excavations began in 1995 by Prof. Klaus Schmidt with the help of the German Archeological Institute. The temples unearthed at Gobeklitepe consist of 4 forms. They called them A-B-C-D. Religious ceremonies, rites or various rituals are thought to be performed in Gobeklitepe. A common feature stands out in the way these stone age temples were built; In the center of these temples surrounded by T-shaped columns, two T-shaped columns are located opposite each other. These columns, ranging in height from 3 to 6 meters, are thought to be stylized human depictions. The reason for this is the depictions of arms and hands seen on the columns. In addition, there are animal depictions and symbols on the pillars. In addition, there are reliefs of pig, crane, spider and ox on these columns. The temples do not have a roof. The Archeology Museum can be visited to see each of the various stones and sculptures taken from Gobeklitepe.
Sanliurfa can be reached by direct flights from Trabzon, Adana, Bodrum, Antalya, Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul provinces. Turkey has indirect flights as the other cities. You can reach Gobeklitepe by private tours. 3 hours may be enough to visit Gobeklitepe.