Tour to Hattusa Ancient City of Hittite Empire from Ankara
Ankara Private Tour to Hattusha Ruins of Hittite Empire
You will be collected from your hotel or Ankara Airport by your private local guide and private vehicle and drive to the Hattusa Ancient City of Hittite Empire from Ankara capital city of Turkey.
You will start the private Hattusha tour with a visit to the rock sanctuary of Yazilikaya, nestled between natural rock formations just northeast of the ancient city of Hattusa. This Hittite holy site consists of two open-air chambers, accessible by a gateway and narrow passageways. The larger chamber is believed to have served as a place of celebration each New Year, and its walls feature reliefs of Hittite deities chiseled into the rock face. The second, smaller chamber is thought to have been a memorial chapel for a Hittite King and has fewer, better-preserved reliefs. Your lunch will be at the small local restaurant.
After the lunch, we continue on to Hattusha, the Bronze Age capital of the Hittite Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is scattered with temples, fortifications, and royal residences, and bears testimony to the lost civilization. At the south-western entrance to the upper city view the famous Lions’ Gate, recognizable for the two lions carved into the stone arches, and at another entrance stands the Kings’ Gate, with a large-scale relief of a god armed with an ax and sword chiseled into the stone. Walk along the 70-metre long stone-walled tunnel that passes under the city wall to serve an entrance into the city, and visit the impressive citadel that also served as a royal residence. Finally, explore the monumental Great Temple, dedicated to Hittite deities, and surrounded by a number of buildings.
At the end of the Hattusa Ancient city tour, return back to Ankara and transfer to hotel or Ankara Airport. Tour Ends.