2 million 551 thousand 535 people have visited Göbeklitepe since its opening.


During the excavations, various historical artifacts were also unearthed, such as the world’s oldest temple ruins, which are circular and rectangular in shape, with a diameter of 8-30 meters, and a 65 centimeter-long human statue, which is said to date back approximately 12 thousand years.

Göbeklitepe, which attracted the attention of the whole world with the findings, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 2, 2018. Following the protection roof and landscaping, the official opening of Göbeklitepe was held on March 8, 2019, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The interest of local and foreign tourists in Göbeklitepe, which was opened to the world with UNESCO, increased with President Erdoğan declaring 2019 as the „Year of Göbeklitepe“. The ruins, which have become an important stopping point for southeastern tours, have been visited since its opening. 2 million 551 thousand 535 people visited it.


Göbeklitepe Site Head and Şanlıurfa Museum Director Celal Uludağ said that the findings obtained during the excavations at the ruins have very important results for world archaeology. Pointing out that the number of visitors is increasing every year, Uludağ said that the excavations that started in the region in 1995 are continuing and that the artifacts found have attracted the attention of the whole world to this region.

Reminding that the pig statue was found in 2023, Uludağ said:

„In fact, we can describe this work as the world’s oldest painted pig statue made in real size. This work is exhibited at the Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum. Of course, excavations continue in Göbeklitepe, within the scope of the Taştepeler project. These excavations will continue in the coming years. The findings obtained in the past years „Like the artifacts found, very important finds will be found in the excavations that will continue. Of course, with these finds, Göbeklitepe becomes the focus of people’s attention.“

Uludağ stated that the ruins have a very important place for the archeology of the world and Turkey and said:

„People who come here are truly amazed when they see these structures in the area, especially the human figures and animal figures on the stelae. Because the Göbeklitepe Ruins are actually the oldest and most special in terms of monumental architecture in the world. People visit Göbeklitepe by wondering about this. „We think that the visits will continue to increase in the coming years. Göbeklitepe is truly one of the important points and important centers that changed the history of the world.“

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The Göbeklitepe site, with its ancient temple ruins and historical artifacts, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018. Since then, it has attracted millions of visitors and has become a focal point for archaeology enthusiasts. The ongoing excavations at Göbeklitepe continue to reveal important findings that shed light on the history of this region. With its unique structures and ancient sculptures, Göbeklitepe remains a significant site that has changed the history of the world.

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