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Address: Karatepe, Turkey
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This site of a late Hittite fortress city was built in the 8th century...

This site of a late Hittite fortress city was built in the 8th century B.C. and contains a sphinx, reliefs and tablets bearing Hittite and Phoencian inscriptions.

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Well preserved Hittite reliefs

The historical site at Karatepe is quite hidden away and from the outside almost looks disappointing. After entering the site there is a small museum with reliefs and other items... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The historical site at Karatepe is quite hidden away and from the outside almost looks disappointing. After entering the site there is a small museum with reliefs and other items found at the site and a good description of the history of the site. However what is of most value and very impressive is the numerous well preserved Hittite reliefs... More 

Thank JuergenWDobler
New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We almost accidentally came across Karatepe. A lovely wooded spot that overlooks a man-made lake. When we visited, there was not another soul there. The main attraction is the well preserved Hittite reliefs. You can walk right up to them. Spectacular scenes of everyday life, of battles, of kings and even of a nursing mother. Of course, Turkey is littered... More 

Thank moirnh
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73 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The only way how to visit this place is by car or by taxi from Osmanyia (but taxi is really very expensive). Small muzeum and archeological site is open everyday 9-17. Very interesting reliefs and part of walls are visible there.Its a goid idea to combine the trip here with visit of Hierapolis which is 10km in south.

Thank Vladimíra Š
Istanbul, Turkey
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405 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 693 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This archeological site dating back to late Hittite period is a marvel hidden in the woods, overlooking a beautiful dam lake. The excavations started back in 1940's, led by famous archeologist Prof Halet Çambel (in fact, there is a small, lovely house inside the woods where she used to stay during the excavations) whose bust welcomes the visitors at the... More 

3 Thank TubaKoseogluOkcu
Tarsus, Turkey
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56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you are in Kadirli, Osmaniye or Adana and if you like archeology, this is a place you should see with well preserved Hittite ruins and statues, in a very nice nature with a lake and pine trees. But be carefull, it will be very hot in July and August. The archeological sites around are Kastabala and Anavarza (Anazarbus). You... More 

1 Thank Oguz B
Toronto, Canada
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

A one day rent a car tour for history lovers. The site Neo-Hittite citadel of Karatepe is now an open-air museum within the Karatepe-Aslantaş National Park. You can either follow the route Adana-Kadirli-Karatepe or the route Adana-Osmaniye-Karatepe. It is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Aslantas Dam Lake on Ceyhan River. The museum and North & South gates decorated with... More 

3 Thank kozin58
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

This is a place you need to go if you are nearby. It's up high on a wooded mountain. There is a small museum with some statuary and artifacts, and then a quiet loop pathway through the woods. Along the way are two areas with stelas, statutes, and hieroglyphyics from the Hittite period (700 B.C.). There are also city walls... More 

1 Thank JLGabroad

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