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7 Facts You Need To Know About The World’s First Temple Gobeklitepe

The construction of Göbeklitepe, dates back to 10,000BC. Gobeklitepe is the largest and oldest temple that is known in history. Gobeklitepe is 7000 years older than the Stonehenge in England and 7500 years older than the Pyramids of Egypt. Also, representing the transition to settled life on the outskirts of Göbeklitepe, cultivated wheat was found. These temples which were buried by people 1000 years after their construction are seeing the light of day once again.

1- Gobeklitepe is the oldest and largest temple known in history


Belonging to the Neolithic period, Gobeklitepe is the first temple and therefore can be the first centre of belief.

2- It is 7500 years older than the oldest structure


Until the discovery of Gobeklitepe, the oldest structure The Megalithic Temple was in Malta and was 5000 years old.

3- The formation of the rocks and the construction of the temple



During that period, human beings were in small groups collecting plants and hunting animals. In order to carry these large columns in rocky areas without any animal helps points out that this construction was the first time that people had to work in large groups in history.

4- From the pictures on the cave walls to embossed animal figures

Gobekli Tepe 1

Leaving pictures that represent animal figures on cave walls and hunting to one side, Gobeklitepe reflects a different approach from the artistic point impressively. The stones are processed as a scorpion, fox, bull, snake, boar, lion, crane, and wild duck figure. According to some archaeologists, these animal figures are described as a symbol of different tribes who visited the temple.

5- It is possible to find the ancestors of wheat in Gobeklitepe

Golden wheat growing in a farm field, closeup on ears


6- The 3-dimensional Lion figure on the T columns



Archaeologists think that the T columns which are around 3 to 6 metres are representing a human figure. Unlike other figures projected onto the columns the 3D figure of a lion facing downwards is remarkable. These and other lion figures, reinforces the possibility that these animals have lived in Anatolia in the Neolithic period. The T columns weigh around 40 to 60 tons.

7- Farming for beer!


The findings point out that the people who lived during the stone age actually drank beer. Cheers everyone!