Places in Ankara & Central Anatolia
An economic powerhouse that is religiously inspired and a busy university city that's as conservative as they come: Konya treads a delicate path between its historical significance as the home town of the whirling dervish orders and a bastion of Seljuk culture, and its modern importance as an economic boom town.
Boğazkale, Hattuşa & Yazılıkaya
Out in the centre of the Anatolian plains, two Unesco World Heritage sites evoke a vital historical moment at the height of Hittite civilisation. Hattuşa was the Hittite capital, while Yazılıkaya was a religious sanctuary with fine rock carvings. The best base for visiting the sites around here is Boğazkale, a farming village 200km east of Ankara.
The mountainous, isolated site of Hattuşa was once the capital of the Hittite kingdom, which stretched from Syria to Europe. At its zenith this was a busy and impressive city of 15,000 inhabitants with defensive walls over 6km in length, some of the thickest in the ancient world, studded with watchtowers and secret tunnels.
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