World Heritage Sites - Hattusa - Pictures, Images & Photos - - Images by Paul Williams
Hattusa was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age. It was located near modern Boğazkale, Turkey, within the great loop of the Kızıl River. There were several other settlements in the vicinity, such as the Hittite rock shrine at Yazılıkaya. At its peak, the city covered 1.8 km² and comprised an inner and outer portion, both surrounded by a massive and still visible course of walls erected during the reign of Suppiluliuma I , circa 1344–1322 BC. The city was destroyed, together with the Hittite state itself, around 1200 BC, as part of the Bronze Age collapse. The site was subsequently abandoned until 800 BC, when a modest Phrygian settlement appeared in the area. Hattusa is a UNESCO World Heritage Ste.