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Address: Karatepe, Turkey
Description: 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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Good place for Hittit lovers

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Vladimíra Š
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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157 attraction reviews
591 helpful votes 591 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 

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Tarsus, Turkey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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 

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Toronto, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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 

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