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Göbeklitepe is Preparing a New Face to UNESCO.

Göbeklitepe, considered the world's oldest temple remains, is preparing to enter the main list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage with new roof protection.



Recognized as the world's oldest temple remains, Göbeklitepe is preparing to enter the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Cultural Heritage list with new roof protection which its excavation work has been going on for 54 years.


Excavations at Göbeklitepe, located 18 km from Şanlıurfa city centre near Örencik area and which first discovered in 1963 by researchers from Istanbul and Chicago universities, have been underway for 54 years.


It is expected that Göbeklitepe, which is considered as the "oldest temple center of the world" by many international institutions and organizations, especially the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and taken to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List 5 years ago, will be on the list at the beginning of next year.


Göbeklitepe, whose final preparations for the UNESCO nomination were held, is trying to complete the 4,000 square meter steel roof works, which are carried out for better protection and healthy use for many years.


President of Göbeklitepe excavation site Celal Uludağ stated that "7 temples have been unearthed so far and many temples are waiting to be uncovered".