Turkey presents the UN with a copy of a unique archaeological obelisk


The spokesman for the Turkish Justice and Development Party, Omer Celik, announced the gift to the United Nations of a miniature version of an ancient obelisk discovered in the Göbekli Tepe temple, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


This came during a press conference held on Monday evening on the sidelines of a meeting of the Executive Committee at the party’s headquarters in the capital, Ankara, in the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Celik said that the miniature version of the “P18” obelisk was discovered in the “Göbekli Tepe” region, which dates back to 12,000 years ago, and was included by “UNESCO” on the World Heritage List in 2018.

He pointed out that the obelisk will be displayed permanently in the garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, USA.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will participate in the ceremony of laying them in the garden, and that this is very important.

Celik stressed that the display of this piece discovered in Anatolia within the United Nations Garden will be a new declaration of the importance of the Anatolia region as a great center for the world and humanity.


He expressed his thanks to the Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Foreign Affairs for their great efforts in publicizing these monuments, especially the “Göbekli Tepe” site.

In 2018, Göbeklitepe, the state of Şanlıurfa, southern Turkey, was included by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.

The site includes the oldest group of rocky buildings in northern Mesopotamia, dating back to 12,000 years ago.

The “Göbekli Tepe” area was discovered in 1963 by researchers from the universities of Istanbul and the American University of Chicago, and the excavation and research work continued for about 54 years.

In 1995, many monuments were discovered, including drawings and animal shapes dating back to the Neolithic era, and the ruins of the “Göbekli Tepe” temple, which is one of the oldest houses of worship in the world.