Göbeklitepe, a site in Northern Kurdistan-Southeastern Turkey hailed as the world’s oldest temple, has been added to UNESCO World Heritage list, the Foreign Ministry said on July 1.
In a statement issued on its website, the ministry said the decision was made during the ongoing 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Manama, Bahrain.
Göbeklitepe has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List since 2011.
According to the ministry, it is “the world’s oldest known megalithic structure located in Upper Mesopotamia and dates back to 11,000 years”.
Turkey now boasts of 18 heritage sites on the list.