Heritage of Humanity; Gobeklitepe

Göbeklitepe, the belief center of about 12 thousand years ago, is an archaeological treasure whose star has been shining all over the world recently. Göbeklitepe, which is about 18 kilometers from Şanlıurfa and located on the Tek Tek Mountains, is a part of Mesopotamia that sprouts with the Euphrates and Tigris rivers at the highest point of the geography known as the “Fertile Crescent”. The Fertile Crescent is the starting point of civilization, where the first cities in history, bureaucracy, writing and the state emerged. Göbeklitepe, the work of a great organization and imagination, is the oldest monument of this size, beyond the first, it constitutes the zero point of history in many senses. Excavations carried out at Göbeklitepe ruins have always witnessed unexpected discoveries. At a time when man lived as a hunter-gatherer, the construction of temples that required advanced architecture caused astonishment all over the world. Moreover, temples enriched with animist figures, reflecting the belief world of prehistoric people, made Göbeklitepe one of the most important discoveries in the history of archeology. Undoubtedly, in addition to this impressiveness, all kinds of data and scientific results to be obtained about prehistoric life in excavations are of great importance for human history. Until recently, it was predicted that such monumental structures could only be realized in the advanced stages of settled life, but Göbeklitepe said that this view is not true; reveals that the period had a very complex social order and technology. It brings to mind that there are many more things waiting to be discovered… Göbeklitepe, which is approximately 7,000 years older than the “Stonehenge” in England and 7,500 years older than the “Egyptian Pyramids”, has a special importance in terms of showing its place in the history of civilization in Anatolia. With the vision of making Göbeklitepe a global icon, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey; It has signed a 20-year cooperation with Doğuş Group. Doğuş Group will support research and conservation efforts in this important area dating back to the Neolithic Age, with an investment in Göbeklitepe exceeding $15 million only for the first phase. In addition to supporting the excavations that will help the importance of Göbeklitepe ruins to be fully understood; It also undertakes the construction of a world-class welcome center for visitors. It is aimed that Göbeklitepe will become a global icon and host millions of tourists every year, with worldwide communication efforts.Heritage of Humanity; Gobeklitepe