Bogazkoy

Overview

Introduction

Bogazkoy, Turkey, the capital of the Hittite empire 2000-1180 BC, is interesting because double walls circle its ruins.

Be sure to see the Royal Gate, the Yer Kapi (underground tunnel), the Lion Gate and the Great Temple of the Storm God of Hattusas. Archaeology buffs should plan a half-day visit to this location 90 mi/145 km east of Ankara.

In 2011, the Bogazkoy Sphinx, an ancient Hittite artifact that had spent the previous 94 years in a German museum for restoration, returned home with tight security.


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