12,000 years ago, long before belief systems, in advance of settlement, earlier than argiculture, there was a sacred place, Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple
Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, and the pyramids of Gize by 7,500 years, Turkey’s stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization
They call it potbelly hill, after the soft, round contour of this final lookout in southeastern Turkey. To the north are forested mountains. East of the hill lies the biblical plain of Harran, and to the south is the Syrian border, visible 20 miles away, pointing toward the ancient lands of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent, the region that gave rise to human civilization. And under our feet, according to archeologist Klaus Schmidt, are the stones that mark the spot—the exact spot—where humans began that ascent.
Coordinates: 37.223268°N 38.922573°E
The Birth of Religion – Gallery from National Geographic
Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple (Smitsonian)
World’s oldest temple built to worship the dog star?