World's Oldest Temple Attracts Record Visitors
Faizan Hashmi 12 days ago Fri 14th June 2019 | 06:36 PM
Located in southeastern Turkey, Gobeklitepe, the world's oldest known temple, was visited by nearly 26,000 people during the recent nine-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, according to an official at the ancient site
Celal Uludag, head of excavation at the 12,000-year-old site, said the ruins have been open for years but this year they attracted a record number of visitors, and they drove tourist traffic in March and April.
Dmitry Wood, a Ukrainian tourist, said that they were fascinated by many places in the region, especially Gobeklitepe, and that he would recommend it to his friends when he gets back to Ukraine.
The German Archaeological Institute and Sanliurfa Museum have done joint work at the site since 1995 and have found T-shaped obelisks from the Neolithic era towering some 3-6 meters (10-20 feet) high and weighing 40-60 tons.
During the excavations, diverse historical artifacts like a 65-centimeter-long (26-inch) human statues dating back 12,000 years have also been discovered.