The official opening of Göbeklitepe Archeological Site takes place today with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish Ministers and Acting Head of Cooperation of EU Delegation to Turkey, Mr. Angel Gutierrez Hidalgo.
The European Union is the largest provider of financing for the construction of two permanent shelters at the Göbeklitepe UNESO World Heritage Site.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion of the opening ceremony: "With the restoration and preservation of precious cultural heritage assets, we wanted to explore the full potential of different regions and highlight the uniqueness of places like the archeological site in Gobeklitepe or the historical streets of Mardin. Contributing to the protection of global cultural heritage, as at Göbeklitepe, is one of the priorities of the European Union."
The shelter construction at Göbeklitepe is undertaken as part of the 'Revitalization of History in Şanlıurfa' Project which is co-financed by the EU with EUR 7.7 Mio and implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey. Designed by the German Archaeological Institute these shelters cover a total area of 4,000 m². They not only protect the excavated monuments from harsh local weather conditions, but they also enable visitors a unique access to the archaeological remains.
The outstanding universal value of Göbeklitepe most certainly stems from the megalithic structures discovered at this site. These earliest known monumental buildings bear testimony not only to the presence of highly skilled artisans but also to the sophisticated form of symbolic expression some eleven thousand years ago. As such, Göbeklitepe provides us with unprecedented insights into the beliefs of our ancestors at this critical juncture in human history.
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