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Yazilikaya Hittite Rock Sanctuary


Carole Raddato
published on 04 April 2019
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Yazılıkaya is a Hittite rock sanctuary located about 1.5 kilometres northeast of Hattusa, the capital city of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age. It is the largest known Hittite rock monument. The sanctuary consisted of a temple-like building and two open-air chambers cut into the bedrock. In the 13th century BCE, the Yazılıkaya sanctuary served as a place for the celebration of the arrival of the New Year each spring.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2019, April 04). Yazilikaya Hittite Rock Sanctuary. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Raddato, Carole. "Yazilikaya Hittite Rock Sanctuary." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 04, 2019.

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Raddato, Carole. "Yazilikaya Hittite Rock Sanctuary." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 04 Apr 2019. Web. 13 Apr 2021.

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