The capital of the Hittite Empire during the late Bronze Age, Hattusas is one of the best sites of ancient ruins in Turkey. During its heyday, it was an impressive city with spectacular structures, but now consists mostly of reconstructed foundations, walls, and rock carvings. Do not let the relatively modest sounding attractions deter you, however. Lovers of ancient history will be more impressed by the site’s almost eerily enchanting atmosphere, which conveys the historic antiquity of a place long forgotten by time.
Admission to Hattusas affords fantastic up-close views of numerous ancient relics, from Buyuk Mabed (its name meaning Great Temple, one of the best preserved Hittite temples left today) to San Kale (Yellow Castle, it may have been a Phrygian fort). Wander around for the afternoon and you will see many other ancient temples, forts, castles, gates, and tunnels, which truly transport visitors back to the time of the Hittite Empire.
Meet the guide and driver at the hotel at 7.30am. After driving nearly 210 km. we arrive in Hattusas which was the capital of the Hittite Kingdom for a long time. Before visiting the main capital, we proceed to Yazılıkaya to see the open air sanctuary as the sun light comes on the bas-reliefs direct in the morning.
We will get our lunch in a local restaurant. After the lunch we visit the archaeological site of Hattusas, former capital of the Hittite Empire which is notable for its urban organization, the types of construction that have been preserved (temples, royal residences, fortifications), the rich ornamentation of the Lions’ Gate and the Royal Gate and Tunnel. Then we drive back to Cappadocia.
TOUR TYPE : Private Group Tour
PICK UP : 08:00
DURATION : Approx. 12 hours
INCLUSIONS : Hotel pickup and drop off, English speaking guide, Entrance fees, Lunch
EXCLUSIONS : Personal Expenses, Drinks, Photos and Videos, Tips (optional)
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