Visiting one of the world's oldest temples is like stepping into the distant past: Humans have been building sacred sites for over 10,000 years. Most of the world's oldest temples dot the map in and around the Middle East, as this agriculturally rich basin is known as the cradle of the earliest's societies and civilizations. Here's a look at 10 of the world's oldest temples. Göbekli Tepe // Turkey (10,000–9000 BCE)Göbekli Tepe, the world’s oldest known site of ritual, faith, and pilgrimage, stands atop a hill in southeast Turkey, near the Syrian border in what would have been Ancient Mesopotamia. Builders accidentally discovered the ancient temple in 1902—and they tried to cover up what they’d found so they could complete the job.