Yazlikaya: The Hittite Sanctuary in Turkey

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!).

Procession of Hurrian Gods, Yazilikaya
See that little arch- apparently that is supposed to be the sky held up by two bull men. Details are a bit hard to catch because of the railings.
Sun God
Handmaidens of Gods
Teshub (Sky God) on the left and Hepat (Earth Goddess)
Hittite Kind Tudaliya IV

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.


11 Comments Add yours

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks so much!

  1. Love the photos and the history!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!!!

  2. bwcarey says:

    they reigned in the 1,000 b.c. or thereabouts, fine images, thanks

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks for visiting!

      1. bwcarey says:

        the ancient civilizations give truth to the stories of old, and the realization of a divine world, ask the old Kings

  3. Lav says:

    Very nice capture of details!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:


  4. Nirmala says:

    History is amazing! Good job with photos considering all the troubles you had to go through.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It wasn’t any trouble- just a bit of rain! But I’m glad we visited!

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