World’s oldest temple closed to visitors due to excavation team links with Gülen


Date posted: July 3, 2017

Gobekli Tepe, the world’s oldest temple at more than 11,000 years, has been closed to visitors for 15 months due to alleged links of the excavation team leader and sub-contractor to the faith-based Gülen movement, accused of orchestrating a failed coup attempt last July, the Evrensel daily reported on Monday.

According to the report, Gobekli Tepe, six miles from Şanlıurfa in southeastern Turkey, was closed to visitors in April 2016 due to the construction of protective roof coverings.

The ancient site was supposed to be reopened to visitors in December 2016 as specified in the construction contract.

Officials said the dismissal of Urfa Museum Director and former excavation leader Müslüm Ercan on allegations of links to the Gülen movement and the arrest of the sub-contracting firm manager as part of an investigation into the movement were the reasons for the delay in the reopening of the temple.

Travel agencies in the region are also disturbed at having to give a negative response for visits to local and international tourists.

The military coup attempt on July 15 killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

According to a report by the state-run Anadolu news agency on May 28, 154,694 individuals have been detained and 50,136 have been jailed due to alleged Gülen links since the failed coup attempt.

Source: Turkish Minute , July 3, 2017


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