Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop

Photo by Can Sarica.

Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop is part of the Tentative list of Turkiye in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop was a center of mass production of lion, sphinx, and other sculptures during the Late Hittite Period. The area was rich in volcanic dolerite/basalt rocks and the raw material of the sculptures is basalt. In the quarry, large blocks of red basalt were broken up, by striking pre-existing cracks with hammer and chisel.

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Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 07-Feb-22 -

Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop (T) by Zoë Sheng

Ugh, I hate it when a site it in a farm village. Sheep herds, cow pies everywhere, and people stare at you like an alien.

Could be all avoided if Turkey would make sense of their sites and clean the tentative site list up a little because by itself it has almost nothing to show for, but I can see it part of a Hittite serial nomination.

Entrance is free and you can walk around to see lion and sphinx statues in various stages of completion, although the best is still not a looker. Time hasn't been kind to these statues. Also according to the info panel there are more quarries around Turkey so I am guessing this is more special for being a workshop as well but all that remains are leftover products. Can't recommend this site at all and the roads leading to the village aren't fun to drive either. One is even washed out I think you may need to check with someone how to drive and not trust Google navigation.


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Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop
Structure - Factories and industry
2018 Upstream Process

Request, may not have been prioritized due to Turkey being an Upper Middle Income Country.

2012 Added to Tentative List

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