Göbekli Tepe is accepted as the first temple in the history, dating 12,000 BC, by the authorities. First it was discovered by a farmer in 1994 while he was ploughing his farmland.
Gobekli Tepe was excavated by German archeologist Klaus Schmidt and he has unearthed T-shaped columns with some reliefs of animals. Göbekli Tepe is 5,000 years older than Stonehenge and 7,000 years than Giza Pyramid. The site is the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered and was developed by hunter-gatherers in 10,000 BC. The temples have been unearthed by arheologists are round megalithic buildings. T-shaped monolithic limestone pillars up to 3 meters high were found in the temple. Large numbers of butchered bones have been found suggesting that the site was used for ritüel sacrifice and feasting. With unknown reason, for now, after 8,000 BC the site was buried and abandoned. Göbekli Tepe shows us that the religious rituels and believes came far before the agriculture and settled life.
Today, Gobekli Tepe houses 16 other earthed temples surrounding the central temple, awaiting to be excavated.
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