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Ancient Anatolia

The new discovery in the Southeast of Turkey proved that the oldest temple in the world is located in Turkey dating back to 10.000 BC. The excavations continue in the site and so far, they have found T shaped columns in the temple and very clear animal reliefs on the columns. Since then, many other civilizations passed in Anatolia and each of them left something for the Anatolian people today. 7.000 BC is the date when the old Anatolian inhabitants settled down in Catalhoyuk located in Konya and started agriculture, also domesticated the animals to use their power in the farm. Hittites, Phrygians, Lycians, Lydians, Persians, Alexander The Great, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuk Turks and the Ottomans are some of the other important Empires realized the important geographical situation of Anatolia and ruled for hundreds of years.