Göbekli Tepe is accepted as the first temple in history, dating 12,000 BC, by the authorities. First, it was discovered by a farmer in 1994 while he was plowing his farmland.
German archeologist Klaus Schmidt excavated Gobekli Tepe, 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. Archaeologists have unearthed the temples are around 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 ritual sacrifice and feasting. For an unknown reason, for now, after 8,000 BC, the site was buried and abandoned. Göbekli Tepe shows us that the religious rituals and beliefs came far before agriculture and settled life.
Today, Gobekli Tepe houses 16 other earthed temples surrounding the central temple, waiting to be excavated.
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