In 1963, an old Turkish farmer in Sanliurfa found accidentally a precisely carved stone in his farm and took it away to Sanliurfa Museum but he had no idea which consequences he would cause. After a process of research and excavation, today some parts of Gobekli Tepe Temple have been unveiled. Its history traces back to 10th Millennium BC which means that it’s 12 thousand years old. That makes Gobekli Tepe the oldest human-made temple in the world. Plan of the temple is similar to the Stonehenge. However, not only its immense dimensions but the side-by-side existence of multiple pillar shrines makes the location unique. Today the temple is acknowledged worlwide as the biggest antique temple in the world.
Hypotheses about it are unlimited and the most logical one seems as the one of an excavator Klaus Schmidt as is: “First came the temple, then the city.” Hunter-gatherer or a settled commu- nity, whoever built this temple must have had a great sense of art and skill. Animal or floral carv- ings and their plastic values are very significant. However, their belief system is not very clear yet. Shamanism seems the most logical system considering ornaments in it but there is no evidence about it. Pictograms are unreadable and the meanings of animal reliefs are unknown. Deers, insects, spiders and wolfs... They keep their silence for centuries; excavation may bring us closer to their meaning or take us thousands mile away... The only truth is that the biggest antique sanctuary Gobekli Tepe has more to show and each day we will learn more of it. We are certain you will also discover your own truths about this old spiritual place by visiting and feeling it...
Note from Matiana Travel Advisors:
Göbekli Tepe is the most attractive destination of Matiana Travel’s archaeology and history of religions themed tours. If you like to visit mystical places where the people chased the higher beings & holy energies, we invite you to contact our travel advisors for more information and guidance.