Yazılıkaya Hittite Rock Sanctuary
Yazılıkaya is a Hittite rock sanctuary located about 1.5 km northeast of Hattua. It consists of two open-air chambers surrounded by natural rock formations. There is no indication that the top of the chambers were ever covered. The rock walls of the larger main chamber (Chamber A) contains relief carvings of a multitude of Hittite deities. The male deities on the left side of the walls and the females on the right are headed by Storm-god Teshup and Sun-goddess Hepat, who meet at the center of the scene. The sanctuary may have served as a place for the celebration of the arrival of the new year each spring. Chamber B is accessible via a narrow passage and it was probably a memorial chapel for Tudhaliya IV, dedicated by his son uppiluliuma II at the end of the 13th century BCE.
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|Chamber A (left to right)|
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