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Prehistoric world heritage site Gobekli Tepe survives Turkey earthquakes

Though Monday’s earthquakes destroyed several historic sites, some of the iconic historical heritage that is invaluable to science as well as Turkey’s economy has survived.
Gobekli Tepe

Two devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria only nine hours apart have killed more than 20,000 people and reduced tens of thousands of buildings to rubble, but two of Turkey’s iconic world heritage sites miraculously remain with little or no damage.

Gobekli Tepe, the world's oldest known place of worship, appears to be undamaged despite being a mere 10 miles from Sanliurfa, one of the 10 provinces affected by the 7.8-magnitude quake. With the oldest megalithic structures ever found, it dates to the 10th millennium BC and has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list since 2018. The site, which means “potbelly hill” in Turkish, consists of T-shaped pillars carved with drawings of animals, abstract symbols and human hands surrounded by smaller inward-facing pillars. The site and its state-of-the-art museum with holograms and videos draw in millions, contributing to the country’s tourism-reliant economy. 

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