President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 9 inaugurated the ruins of what is thought to be the world's oldest temple

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With 2019 declared as "the Year of Göbeklitepe" in honor of the 12,000-year-old temple, the region expects to be thronged by tourists.

Erdoğan said the ancient site contributes to the common cultural treasury of humanity, and that it has already become a “very important reference” in terms of showing the deeply rooted civilization in Anatolia.

Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said Göbeklitepe reveals that Anatolia is the cradle of civilization.

Ersoy said: “With its stylized human symbols, enormous animal reliefs and architectural structure, Göbeklitepe has overwhelmed many of the answers we thought we knew in the world of archaeology and history.”