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Hattusa


Hattusa is the former capital of the once powerful Hittite Empire and today it is one of the most significant historical sites in the whole of Turkey. Located just outside Boğazkale, the Hittite capital was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 and is an intriguing tourist site. Ankara is the perfect starting point for a day trip to the ancient city, where intricate rock carvings, restored foundations and hieroglyphic inscriptions await you. It is a marvelous sight and a true testament to the ingenuity and skill of the Hittite people.

Unique world heritage

Hattusa is an archeological site known for its well-preserved urban organization, rich ornamentation, types of construction and for the various types of rock art found in the city. In addition to the Great Temple ruins, the site includes the famous rock sanctuary of Yazılıkaya, two kilometers north of the city complex. This is an open-air temple where two natural chambers are cut into the bedrock on the slope of a mountain barrier.

A massive empire

The Hittites might sound like a barbarian tribe but they were quite a sophisticated people and commanded a vast empire across the Middle East. They even conquered Babylon and challenged the mighty Egyptian pharaohs over 3,000 years ago. Yet little was known about the tribe until Charles Texier, a French traveler, stumbled upon the ruins of Hattusa in 1834. Today it stands as a bare hill but in its prime it was a bustling and impressive city, defended by massive stone walls stretching eight kilometers in length. At the site you can see different reconstructions of the city, the five different gateways that served as entry points into the city as well as the best-reserved ruin of a Hittite Temple, the Great Temple.

A stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara allows you to enjoy the allures of the Turkish capital as well as taking a trip to Hattusa.At the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations you can see many artifacts and relics from Hattusa on display. The city is also rich in exciting attractions such as Ankara Castle and the Kocatepe Mosque, just waiting for you to visit.