The World’s First Temple, Göbeklitepe … a prehistoric site, about 15 km away from the city of Sanliurfa, Southeastern Turkiye. What makes Göbeklitepe unique in its class is the date it was built, which is roughly twelve thousand years ago, circa 10,000 BC.[1]  

 

Archaeologically categorized as a site of the PrePottery Neolithic A Period (c. 9600– 7300 BC) Göbeklitepe is a series of mainly circular and oval-shaped structures set on the top of a hill. Excavations began in 1995 by Prof. Klaus Schmidt with the help of the German Archeological Institute. 

There is archeological proof that these installations were not used for domestic use, but predominantly for ritual or religous purposes.[1]  The unique method used for the preservation of Göbeklitepe has really been the key to the survival of this amazing site. Whoever built this magnificent monument, made sure of its survival along thousands of years, by simply backfilling the various sites and burying them deep under, by using an incredible amount of material and all these led to an excellent preservation.[1

Göbeklitepe has been listed on  UNESCO’s World Heritage List  since 2011. 

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Foxes, snakes, wild boars, cranes, wild ducks are most common. Most of these were carved into the flat surfaces of these pillars. Then again, we also come across some threedimensional sculptures, in shape of a predator depicting a lion, descending on the side of a T-pillar. [1] 
 
 Each T-shaped pillar varies between 40 to 60 tones, leaving us scratching our heads as to how on earth they accomplished such a monumental feat. In a time when even simple hand tools were hard to come by, how did they get these stone blocks there, and how did they erect them? With no settlement or society to speak of, with farming still a far cry away, in a world of only roaming hunter-gatherers, the complexity and developed blueprints of these temples represented another enigma for archeologists. Do we have to change our vision of how and when civilized human history began? The plot thickens.. [1] 
 

 

All pillars are T-shaped with heights changing from 3 to 6 meters. Archeologists interpret those Tshapes as stylized human beings, mainly because of the depiction of human extremities that appear on some of the pillars. What also appears on these mystical rock statues, are carvings of animals as well as abstract symbols, sometimes picturing a combination of scenes

2019 was announced as ”Göbeklitepe Year in Turkey. This means a significant increase in the number of visitors to the world's first temple compared to previous years.  
 
Metafor Art Assosiation choosed the topic for these reasons and  they found  lots of inspiration in Göbeklitepe. 

 

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