If you have the chance to visit Turkey (especially Gobekli Tepe)… go!

  • GWriter

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    Apr 03, 2014 11:10 PM GMT
    What an amazing country. I just spent 10 days there, and didn't want to leave. In addition to Istanbul, we visited Cappadocia, where we watched the sun rise in a hot air balloon.

    We also went to a city called Sanliurfa, where according to legend Abraham from the Bible was born. Just outside the city is an archeological site called Gobekli Tepe, that has 25-ton stone monoliths built 12,000 years ago. (5,000 years before Stonehenge.) That makes it pre-agricultural. Until this was discovered, scientists did not believe that hunter-gatherers could build such massive structures. It is located right in the area of the oldest domesticated animals, and earliest wheat crops. It's literally where civilization was born. About 2,000 years after it was built, it was buried under tons of soil - for reasons that are not clear. We do know that the inhabitants then moved away to another location, where they practiced child sacrifice. The chief archeologist thinks the site may explain the story of Garden of Eden as a folk myth. It was only opened to the public a few years ago, and a few years from now it will be a major tourist attraction with a visitors center and entrance gate. But for now you can just drive right up and walk around. Go soon if you get the chance.

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    Apr 04, 2014 12:41 AM GMT
    Thank you for the post. Please message me where you're going to upload the album of pictures somewhere (FB or something). Put a couple on your profile here.

    With gratitude,
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
    Been there.

    For those that picture only the minarets of Istanbul when they think of Turkey, the geography of that country is amazing and full of surprises.

    The Byzantine mural encrusted caves of Cappadocia are set within some of the most amazing Flinstone-y geography I've ever seen:



    As are the calcium wading pools of Pamukkale:



    cliffside at the foot of some of the most amazing and archeologically significant ruins I've ever seen at Hieropolis, which has among other things multicolored hot springs (1st pic), a Jewish cemetery (2nd) and a Greek ampitheatre with a rare intact literal fourth wall (3rd):




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    Apr 04, 2014 6:58 AM GMT
    I could see turkey as a center of civilization. I didn't believe in Iran as the center. Turkey does fascinate me. Just have been to Istanbul. Before that saw turkey as that country midnight express was about