Discover the incredible history of Eastern Turkey
Unknown originsWhat is thought to be the oldest temple in the world, dating back 11,500 years to around 9,600BC, was only awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2018, despite being first discovered in 1963. It was later rediscovered in 1994 by German archaeologist, Klaus Schmidt, who began excavations and realised they had only scraped the very tip of the iceberg that is Göbekli Tepe. The year 2019 was declared the year of Göbekli Tepe by the Turkish government as part of a plan to bring awareness to this spectacular discovery.
Many questions still remain about this mysterious site, which is starting to draw adventure travellers to this lesser travelled part of Turkey. Situated six miles outside of Urfa, this off-the-beaten-track destination is estimated to span across at least 22 acres, with the majority still untouched. Today, a visitor’s centre has been set up to accommodate tours and an archaeological museum has opened in Urfa detailing how Göbekli Tepe is considered integral to the origins of civilisation.
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