I know that most of the people think of sunny beaches when they hear ‘Turkey‘ combined with ‘Holiday Destinations’, and yes of course, there are many beautiful beaches and gorgious Boutique Hotels to stay in during your visit to the Mediterranean coasts of Turkey. But how about making your next vacation to Turkey an Archaeological Expedition to worlds wonders?
How about visiting the oldest Temple of the world, along with other interesting sites? How about diving into 10.000 BC in a heartbeat?
This oldest Temple of the World being just about 7000 years older than Stonehenge…. Göbekli Tepe
Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery.
The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe, and Schmidt, a German archaeologist who has been working here more than a decade, is convinced it’s the site of the world’s oldest temple.
From Smithsonian Magazine
Estimated timeline world wide historical sites:
1. Göbekli Tepe, Turkey: 10,000 B.C.E.
2. Hypogeum: Malta, 3,600 B.C.E.
3. Ggantija Temples: Malta, 3,600 B.C.E.
4. Hagar Qim Temples: Malta, 3,200 B.C.E
5. Stonehenge: England: 2,500 B.C.E.
6. Knossos Palace Temple: Crete, 1,700 B.C.E.
7. Amada Temple: Egypt, 1,500 B.C.E.
8. Temple of Hatshepsut: Egypt, 1,479 B.C.E.
9. Temple of Luxor: Egypt, 1,400 B.C.E.
10. Temple of Seti I: Egypt, 1,279 B.C.E.
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