Hattusha

Hattusha
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Hattusha is the old capital of the Hittites, a people that lived during the period of the Egyptian pharaohs.

Its heydays were from 1375 to 1200 BC. The WHC named as reasons for the inscription: its urban organization, the types of construction that have been preserved (temples, royal residences, fortifications), the rich ornamentation of the Lions Gate and the Royal Gate, and the ensemble of rock art of Yazilikaya.

The Hittites built their capital on a site that could be well defended. It was surrounded by a wall, to fortify it even more. The wall was decorated with two gates, the Kings Gate in the southeast and the Lions Gate in the southwest.

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Visit July 1992

Hattusha only is an interesting place to visit when you know its history. The remains are really old, so not much is left. Also, the heat on this plain can be burning.

July 1992

For more interesting examples of Hittite culture, visit the Anatolian Museum in Ankara.

July 1992

 

 

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Peter Day

19-Sep-08 -

Visited in August 2008. The Hittite building style was stone foundation topped with mid-brick walls - in 2500 years the mud-bricks have disappeared so you need a good guide book and a good imagination. But the sheer scale of the site is incredible - you can't walk round it, you drive. Make sure you visit the other Hittite sites nearby with some beautiful stone reliefs


Site Info

Full Name
Hattusha: the Hittite Capital
Unesco ID
377
Country
Turkey
Inscribed
1986
Type
Cultural
Criteria
1 2 3 4
Categories
Archaeological site - Near Eastern
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Site History

2006 Name change

From "Hattusha" to "Hattusha: the Hittite Capital"

1986 Inscribed

Locations

The site has 4 locations

Hattusha: Hattousa [and Ibik
Hattusha: Kayali Bogaz (outpost) Turkey
Hattusha: Osmankayasi (rock necropolis) Turkey
Hattusha: Yazilikaya (rupestral sanctuary) Turkey

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