The archaeological site “Gobekli Tepe” in the state of anlıurfa, southern Turkey, has become a charming tourist destination for lovers of discovering historical secrets in the world.
And “Gobekli Tepe”, a mountainous site that includes the oldest group of rock buildings in the northern Mesopotamia region, and it bears between its folds a history that extends back to 12,000 years ago.
Recently, Göbekli Tepe has received the attention of lovers of historical and archaeological tourism around the world, especially after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced 2019, the year of the charming archaeological site, Gobekli Tepe.
Also in 2019, the archaeological site achieved record figures in tourist turnout, by about 413,000 from all over the world, at a time when it became a major target for visitors to the “virtual museum” application launched by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture during the outbreak of the Corona virus.
As of last June, the archaeological site “Gobekli Tepe” has returned to open its arms to tourists from various countries of the world, with tightening preventive and precautionary measures to provide the highest rates of safe tourism.
Workers in the tourism sector in Turkey expressed their optimism about the number of visitors to the “Gobekli Tepe” website, which began after the return to normalcy, ranging from 70 to 80 visitors per day until it reached 1,000 visitors per day on regular days and 2,000 visitors during weekends.
In turn, Aiden Aslan, Director of the Tourism and Culture Division in the state of anlıurfa, said that the initial observation of tourism movement in the archaeological site “Gobekli Tepe” indicates a remarkable increase and a remarkable recovery.
Aslan explained that the numbers of hotel reservations and occupancy and exploration trips for the year 2021 confirm the growing global interest in “Gobekli Tepe” as a unique historical and archaeological tourist destination in the world.
For his part, Muslim Goban, head of the Chamber of Tourist Guides in the state of anlıurfa, indicated that visitors flocked to the archaeological area again, with the start of the return to normal life on the first of June.
“We aim, like a tour guide room in Sanliurfa, to receive visitors from Russia and from the Russian-speaking regions with a population of about 350 million,” Goban added.
He pointed out that there is an increase in hotel reservations this October, stressing that the number of tourists and visitors to the “Gobekli Tepe” archaeological site will double in 2021.