The Göbekli Tepe archaeological area in the state of Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, received approximately 5,000 visitors daily during the first mid-term school holiday, which extends from November 13 to 17.
Göbekli Tepe, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is described as “point zero in human history.”
During this period, Göbekli Tepe attracted thousands of foreign and local visitors.
According to the Göbekli Tepe Museum Directorate, the latter received approximately 5,000 local and foreign visitors daily during the holiday period.
Muslim Çoban, Secretary-General of the Chamber of Tourist Guides in the Sanliurfa region, said that the latter was one of the main destinations during the mid-first semester holiday.
He added that Göbekli Tepe was primarily a destination for families, noting that it witnessed heavy demand during this period.
The Göbekli Tepe site is one of the oldest places of worship on the face of the earth. It was discovered in 1963 by researchers from the American universities of Istanbul and Chicago. Excavation and research continued for about 54 years.
In 1995, many antiquities were discovered in the region, including “T”-shaped stone obelisks dating back to the Neolithic era, measuring between 3 and 6 meters in length and weighing between 40 and 60 tons, bearing drawings, animal shapes, and human statues.
In 2018, the Göbekli Tepe region was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it continues to be the subject of many books, films, documentaries, series, and animated films.