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Hattusha

Ankara, Turkey (Çankaya)
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Ranked #3 of 105 Attractions in Ankara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My son Kyle and I visited Machu Picchu in 2012 and we read 17 books and watched 5 hour long videos before we saw it. When we arrived, we were prepared to fully enjoy its amazing history, architectural & astrological significance in addition to its engineering and water management features. Same thing with Hattusha-we watched 4 videos and read 4... More

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Carmarthen
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47 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The site is well spread out but this is compensated for by allowing vehicular access. An atmospheric site. A visit to see the associated wall carvings is a must.

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

After living in Ankara for 5 years, finally discovered this ancient city just a few hours away. A wonderful (though long) day outing. Be sure to go with a guide who is well versed in the history of the place, otherwise, there's too much you might miss on your own. What a beautiful place in the spring, and you feel... More

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Arroyo Grande, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It is a beautiful site and well researched. Try to read about it before you go. Also there are some local young people hanging out who are interested in archeology and can tell you some good things about what you are looking at.

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Okay, let me confess to holding a PhD in Ancient Near Eastern studies--but that aside, if you have any interest in ancient history and cultures, then don't pass this site by. As others have noted, it could have better interpretive signage, but with a good guide book you'll be okay. The Hittite civilisation was a fusion of Indo-European and Mesopotamian... More

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Sydney
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225 reviews 225 reviews
61 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is quite a large, spread out site of a major Hittite city or ceremonial centre. There are really no dramatic things to see as in a Greek or Roman ruin, but when you think that what you are seeing is around 4000 years old, it certainly provides a window into a very distant past. Nearly all the ruins are... More

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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The age of this place is amazing. It is very intriguing to learn about the evolution of this group of people, see the structural remains and stone carvings they created. The wall carvings are still completely open to the elements which allows for open viewing

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My only piece of advice would be to organise a tour to get to Hattusha. The site is 2 hours (by car) away from Ankara and really needs a guide to interpret what you see there, or else it just looks like a pile of rocks. We had a fantastic time at Hattusha - there were barely any visitors on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

It's a must see in Turkey, great ruins from Hittite civilization. It is in the Çorum province and has nothing related with Ankara.

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Mevasseret Ziyyon, Yerushalayim, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

What a picture of the early Hittite civilization! The sites are well cared for with good access to all of them. It might be better to ride from site to site if time is important. Hattusha is huge.

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