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Ankara is the capital of the Turkish Republic. Though thoroughly modern in appearance, Ankara’s history and that of the surrounding area dates back to the Bronze Age and the Hatti civilisation.
The oldest parts of the city surround the ancient hisar or citadel in which there’s the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations with its priceless collection of Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Roman artifacts.
Journey to Bogazkale National Park, between Yozgat and the city of Corum, to visit Hattusas capital city of the Hittites from 1750 BC to 1180 BC. Continue to “Yazilikaya”. An open-air rock pantheon dating from the 13th century B.C., Contains fine relief work of all the Hittite gods and goddesses. Visit Alacahöyük the center of the flourishing Hatti culture, explore the Sphinx Gate and the Temple. (L)