Göbeklitepe

Göbekli Tepe is the oldest temple in the world and is located 15 km from Ţanlýurfa city center. Dating back to the 8th–10th BC, the temple has more than 200 T-shaped stones erected as 20 circles, with carvings skilled beyond their period. Göbekli Tepe is important since it is proof of settled life in that ancient period, since temples are where groups meet and systematic and organized rituals take place. The carvings of animals, gods, and ornaments very accomplished. Indeed, it would be another 2,000 years before Egyptian art reached the same level. The religion of Göbekli Tepe, the builders, roots, rituals and their civilization are still somewhat of a mystery; the continuing excavation may yet find the answers.