Visit to GöbekliTepe Turkey- The World’s First Temple


Göbekli Tepe is dubbed as one of world’s oldest temple is located in Germus Mountains of South-East Anatolia. Being one of the oldest temple more historic than the popular Stonehenge this temple is said to be constructed by hunter-gatherers in Neolithic Age. With its huge pillars which weighed around 20-30 tonnes, this is one of the best archaeological findings of 21st Century. The pillars are in T-Shape form and are designed with images of Wild Animals. These depicted probably a ritual or a funeral of the Neolithic people who had come over here. Göbekli Tepe is believed to be constructed soon after the Last Ice Age according to Carbon Dating and it is to be guessed that people from far away places travelled to worship their deity here.

Göbekli Tepe was first discovered in the year 1963 by a survey from Istanbul university and university of Chicago and was mentioned about this archaeological site. However, in the year 1994 Klaus Schmidt, a German Archaeologist from German Archaeological Institute is credited for his work on findings of Göbekli Tepe. In 2018, Göbekli Tepe made it to the books of UNESCO where it was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Göbekli Tepe stands on flat land which is connected to the mountain range in the north and with slopes of ridges in the south, west and east direction. The southern and western part also has a little bit of Islamic Carvings which suggest this would have been one of the places for Islamic pilgrimage. It is a series of mainly oval and circular shaped structure on the hill with around 20 pillars which are laid out strategically. All pillars are around 3-6 meters in height and are in T-Shape which has animal carvings which depict the extremities faced by human during the period of construction. Fox, Snake, Wild boars, Wild ducks and Lion are the most common animals which are carved.

Göbekli Tepe is located near Encore Village southeast of Şanlıurfa, there are many connecting flights from Ankara, Istanbul to visit this world-famous archaeological site, some of the artefacts unearthed can be found at Şanlıurfa Archaeology Center which is preserved and open for visitors to learn more about Göbekli Tepe. People who are interested to know more about ancient civilizations, temples and other constructions can visit the museum and learn in detail about Neolithic tribes who constructed this temple.



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  1. Wonderful, it is great to hear that the first Temple in the world is in Turkey. Am pretty sure that visit to GöbekliTepe Turkey which is the World’s First Temple will be an adventitious visit. Good work you have done with this post.

  2. I love to visit historical sites like this especially those with inspirational stories behind them. Images of wild animals on them will really like to experience this place.

  3. one of the world’s oldest temple is located in turkey?I wish to visit this temple..your write up piqued my interest

  4. The photos are so attractive and appealing. I don’t there is this different vibe I have about the word temple maybe it could be due to my bad experience but all the same I love your narration.

  5. Getting to know that all pillars of this ancient and magnificent temple are around 3-6 meters in height and are in T-Shape which has animal carvings which depict the extremities faced by human during the period of construction. Fox, Snake, Wild boars, Wild ducks and Lion are the most common animals which are carved. Thanks MacroTraveller for sharing. Nice discovery for the Archaeologist.

  6. A visit to Gobeklitepe is literally like travelling back in time. It’s very impressive that such an old monument has been preserved to this day.

  7. Wow, I’m surprised this temple is even older than Stonehenge. That makes it a very important historical and archaeological find.

  8. This is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 21st century. That is reason enough to pay it a visit 🙂

  9. The effort to preserve and restore this great piece of history is quite impressive. We should strive to preserve all our archaeological finds for future generations to appreciate them.

  10. As a person who has a great interest in history visiting the world’s first temple would be an out of this world experience for me. This will definitely be in my list of places to visit should I ever go to Turkey.

  11. This is a temple unlike any other. For one it does not look ancient and looks like a movie cinema??? It is not a bad thing though because who says that a temple has to be old and broken down???Good stuff.

  12. World’s oldest temple, I would like to see it. Its such an important piece of history, to carry on as part of your memories. Great pictures here you have compiled.

  13. Ever since I’ve seen this temple on an Ancient Aliens episode, I have been fascinated and intrigued with the mystery that surrounds it. I definitely would want to visit Gobeklitepe someday.

  14. Aside from its’ mesmerizing view, it also has a historical background which makes it more interesting. I badly wanted to visit this place.

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