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“Makes you rethink the Bronze Age” 4 of 5 stars
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Hattusa
Bogazkale, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Bogazkale
Type: Ancient Ruins
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“Makes you rethink the Bronze Age”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Like an archaelogical fairy land--with grazing cows and a mysterious green stone. Don't miss Yazilikaya which is nearby.

Visited October 2012
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“Capital of mysterious world power”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The Hittites were a world power who fought with the Egyptians for the dominance of the Middle East (and won) 3300 years ago. They are much less known than the Egyptians and have therefore been a source of fascination for scholars and travelers. Their capital was the city of Hattusas, which can be visited in a day trip from Ankara provided that you have your transportation. We were interested enough in the Hittites to hire our own archeologist guide with car and driver provided by Parasol Holidays. Trained archeologist Onur Erturk made all the difference between staring at a bunch of disconnected stones, and appreciating their significance. As it befits a erstwhile world power the capital is extensive. But because of the special construction technique (stone substructures, wood or mud brick superstructures) it is hard to follow even the outlines of the monuments and that's where the trained archeologist comes in! Thanks to his intelligent guiding we could put the seemingly random ruins into context. No visit to Hattusa is complete without seeing nearby Yazilikaya, a unique open-air sanctuary. And don't leave without seeing the gem of a museum in the village . Not only is it one of the best-organized museums in the country, but contains artifacts of great significance like the pair of sphinxes which used to flank one of the city gates. By the way, your Hittites experience will be infinitely enhanced by a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara which houses most of the excavated material from the area after the First World War (artifacts found earlier are divided between the Museum of the Ancient Orient in the Istanbul Archeological Museum and museums in Berlin).

Visited August 2012
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“a exciting journey back to 3000 BC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

the site is very well protected considering to be the oldest city in anatolia. THe gates, the temple, the city museum is fantastic; you can sea the gate statues in the Bogazkale museum, one came from İstanbul Archeological museum and the other from Berlin

Visited October 2012
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“Worthwhile visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The Hittite empire existed for about 6 centuries in the Anatolian region but is less famous than the Pharoahs or Greeks. However it has important contributions to civilisation in this region. You need either a taxi, your own car, or a tour from Ankara. The Hittite construction was of stone foundation, timber building and flat roof. Only the foundations are left, with some stone walls and arches.

Visited October 2012
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“Impressive ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

You have to go a long way - but it is worth it. And I recommend walking - your experience will be much more intense. There are good explanations on the way. But it is necessary to read a bit more to get a full understanding. Otherwise you see only a lot of stones which can be a bit depressing.

Visited October 2012
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