Paradise Found?

on June 3, 2009
Featured in Answers Magazine
Audio Version

Did archaeologists uncover a possible temple from the Garden of Eden?

Earlier this year the media buzzed with claims that archaeologists had uncovered the possible remnants of a temple from the Garden of Eden in eastern Turkey. This important site, called Gobekli Tepe, was first discovered in 1994, but now 45 of the upright stones have been exposed. The complex is dated from the Ice Age and is the oldest known temple, long before Stonehenge (UK) and other similar stone formations.

But don’t pack the vacation bags just yet. The Flood destroyed the world as Noah knew it (see 2 Peter 3:6), covering the original Garden under thousands of feet of sediment. So the rivers flowing out of Eden, including the two called the Tigris and Euphrates (Genesis 2:14), cannot be the same rivers today. Also, the modern rivers come from different sources and then merge, whereas Eden’s rivers came from one source and then divided into four rivers.

While this new discovery should shed light on the early cultures that arose after people left the Tower of Babel, the temple’s location is certainly not Eden.

* A. Curry, “Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?” Smithsonian, November 2008,

Answers Magazine

July – September 2009

How do I deal with cancer? Why did God allow evil in the world? Why do snakes appear designed to kill? God’s curse is a historical reality, and we can see its results in everyday life. Don’t miss this special issue, which will give you the tools to tackle questions about evil and its true origin.

Browse Issue Subscribe


Get the latest answers emailed to you.

I agree to the current Privacy Policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA, and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

Learn more

  • Customer Service 800.778.3390