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Royal Wedding Ceremony of Hittites

Ancient Hittite artwork sculpture on pottery in Anatolian Civilizations Museum of Ankara, Inandik vase from Inandiktepe mound at Cankiri, Turkey, showing the stages of sacred wedding ceremony in Hittite social life.

Ancient Gates of Eternity

Ancient Roman doors to afterlife at Kütahya Museum of Archaeology, Turkey.

Karatepe Hittite Fortress & Open Air Museum

Karatepe is a late Hittite fortress and open air museum in Osmaniye Province in southern Turkey lying at a distance of about 23 km. from the district center of Kadirli. It is sited in the Taurus Mountains, on the right bank of the Ceyhan River, in Karatepe-Arslantaş National Park. Karatepe is Turkish for "Black Hill", Hittite: Azatiwataya.

History

The place was an ancient city of Cilicia, which controlled a passage from eastern Anatolia to the north Syrian plain. It became an important Neo-Hittite center after the collapse of the Hittite Empire in the late 12th century BCE. Relics found here include vast historic tablets, statues and ruins, even two monumental gates with reliefs on the sills depicting hunting and warring and a boat with oars; pillars of lions and sphinxes flank the gates.

The site's eighth-century BCE bilingual inscriptions, in Phoenician and Hieroglyphic Luwian, which trace the kings of Adana from the "house of Mopsos", given in Hieroglyphic Lu…

Tyana

Tyana was an ancient city of Anatolia, in modern south-central Turkey. It was the capital of a Luwian speaking Neo-Hittite kingdom in the 1st millennium BC.

Phrygian Votive Stelae

Phrygian votive Stelae at Kütahya Museum of Archaeology, from the village of Kurudere, near Afyon, Emirdag; and village of Pinarcik (Abia) in Kütahya, Altintas.

Statue of Satyr

Statue of flute playing satyr with a panther skin tied around his body, found situated before a column in the northeast hall of Macellum building at Aizanoi, currently on display in the Archaeological Museum of Kütahya, Turkey. In Greek mythology, satyrs are a troop of male companions of Pan and Dionysus that roamed the woods and mountains. In myths they are often associated with pipe-playing.

Aizanoi

Aizanoi, Çavdarhisar: urban and cultural development of prehistoric and early Roman city in western Central Anatolia.

Relief at Ancient Aphrodisias School of Sculpture

Iolis: Relief at Sebasteion: Ancient Aphrodisias School of Sculpture... ΙΟΛΙΣ - Museum of Aphrodisias, Turkey.