Lion Gate at Hattusa

Lion Gate at Hattusa

Long long ago in ancient Turkey lived a people called the Hittites. Hattusa was their capital city. It was a big city surrounded by a great wall and many gates. One of the gates was called the Lion Gate because, well, it had lions. The lions are a recurrent symbol and motif in ancient Hittite and other Mesopotamian archaeological sites. The photograph above shows you what the Lion gate looks like today.

The signboard near the site gives you an interesting reconstruction of what it may have looked like in the 2nd Millenium BC when it was actually built and used.

Lion Gate Reconstruction

Unfortunately for us the lion on the left was badly damaged and had to be reconstructed

Reconstructed but faithfully

The lion on the right weathers through the times. He has seen more than 2000 years pass by. Let’s hope he will get to see another 2000 pass by.

Original Hittite Lion



12 Comments Add yours

  1. nivs24 says:

    ah. the whole things gives a new perspective with the reconstruction snap.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I always find that reconstructions help! I have problems with spatial imagination.

  2. This is amazing. Hard to imagine something that is 2,000 years old. I hope it lasts another 2,000!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I hope so too!

  3. lspeng1951 says:

    Very informative photographs for sharing with us. Thanks.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

  4. neihtn2012 says:

    Thank you for the photos and information about the Lion Gate. I always wondered what the Hittites were like.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I’m glad you found the post interesting!

  5. Lav says:

    An amazing experience to stand there in the midst of the open field and imagine a buzzling city.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That’s right!

  6. Nirmala says:

    So amazing!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yes it is!

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