Views of Hattusa

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Saturday 27 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

I’m no historian, and regulars of this blog will no doubt agree with me on that point, but I do enjoy a good ancient site visit or two each winter, when the crowds are nowhere to be seen of course.

With so much data available on the net for all to read and absorb, I daren’t try and add my lacking-in-any-knowledge type of commentary, but what I can share are my regular supply of photographic images from my travels.

One such site I have visited a couple of times is Hattusa (or Hattuşaş in Turkish, pronounced Hattushash), a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986. Located some 100km due east of our capital, Ankara, in Central Anatolia, Hattusa was, in the late Bronze Age, the capital of the Hittite Empire . 

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Like much of Türkiye, our sites are in a constant state of excavation, so every time you go there, there’s something new to see.

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Massive rock gateways maintained the cities security – even as ruins, they are pretty impressive though.

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As far as you can see, there are excavated ruins.

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As with many of these ancient cities, the site boasts a natural defensive position with some impressive views of the surrounding countryside, and therefore any invading forces.

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And some pretty serious defensive walls too!

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8 thoughts on “Views of Hattusa

  1. And a little more background info, as I love history…

    The Hittites get quite a number of mentions in The Bible’s Old Testament as the warlike element of the confederation of tribes that inhabited the whole of the region between Euphrates & Damascus. They were descended from a Canaanite tribe that lived near Hebron in Abraham’s time and were one of the few tribes impossible to subdue or drive from their lands.

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  2. It looks well worth a visit – thanks Spike!

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  3. I enjoyed the pics and the background info !!

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