A while ago, I posted a couple of photographs from the Hittite sanctuary of Yazilikaya in Turkey for the Weekly Photo Challenge. I thought it was high time that I posted a few more details and images from that marvelous archaeological site.
The Hittites were an ancient people who lived in North Central Turkey in the second millennium BC. Yazilikaya was a religious sanctuary that was located near Hattusa- the capital city.
Among the remains at the site today you have Chamber A and Chamber B both of which have amazing rock carvings depicting royalty and also Gods. Apparently it was found from inscriptions that the Gods were Hurrian rather than Hittite (Hurrian being a civilisation that inspired the Hittites- I’m learning this just as you are!).
You might look at these and say “So what’s special about these half faded carvings?” But remember these carvings have been there for more than 3500 years. Try and think of the people who lived then and the Gods they believed in. These carvings that they made in all their devotion survives today to tell their tale.
Hattusa and Yazilikaya are a long drive from Ankara or Goreme, Cappadoccia.