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Hattusa: The Cursed City of the Hatti and the Hittite Empire

March 3, 2020 - General
The Sphinx Gate in Hattusa, Turkey.

Hattusa, also known as Hattusha, is an ancient city located near modern Boğazkale in the Çorum Province of Turkey’s Black Sea Region. This ancient city once served as the capital of the Hittite Empire, one of the superpowers of the ancient world.

In the Amarna Letters, which have been dated to the 14th century BC, the Hittites were referred to by the Egyptians as a major power, alongside Assyria, Mitanni, and Babylonia, and they were treated as equals.

Hattusa was established by the Hatti, the indigenous people who were living in that area prior to the coming of the Hittites. The origins of the Hittites are still a mystery, and they may have invaded / immigrated into Hatti territory, settled, and established their empire there.

Ruins of Hattusa – capital of the Hittite Empire near modern Boğazkale, Turkey. (robnaw /Adobe Stock)

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