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Çorum, also with the Hittite capital Hattusas within its boundaries, houses ruins from many a civilizations up till the Ottoman period. With its castle from the Byzantines and the small masjid and the timber houses it is a preservation site. It possesses many Ottoman works like Ulu Cami (1306) with its wood carving works on the Osmancik caddesi, Hamit Mosque and Hidirlik Mosque. The Museum of Çorum is on the entrance of the city from Ankara direction, mainly Hittite works are displayed. The 27.5 m high and 81 steps clock tower is from 1894. It had to be repaired in 1976. Çorum, famous for its leblebi (roasted chickpeas) is rapidly developing in industry

Around Çorum

Some chalcolithic age findings discovered at the excavations of a 50- m high tumulus 1.5-km in southwest of Güllücek Village. At another tumulus excavation near Mustafa Çelebi Village 8-km southwest of Cemilbey District 30-km northeast of Alacahoyuk, they found lots of items from Bronze Age till Byzantine age. There is a Hittite settlement in the ruins 2.5 km southwest of Ortaköy District. They have discovered there a monumental building, they could bring out 23 of its rooms. They also found about 2000 pieces of cuneiform tablets, earthenware cups, glass works, gold and bronze coins from Roman age. The Gerdek rock tombs, Kapilikaya monumental rock tombs at Kirkdilim about 27-km north of Çorum, are quite interesting findings.

There are many more hot springs too in Çorum. The main ones are the Çayköy springs in Mecitözü Figani Village 15-km northwest of the city, Laçin springs 28-km north, Manastır springs near Sungurlu. The Çatak Natural Park 22-km from Çorum is a picnic site with completed infrastructure under the maintenance of the Administration of Forestry. A skiing facility only 3-km away was put in use in 1991.

Hattuşaş – Yazılıkaya

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A very important ruin for it put more light on the history of civilizations. It is 82-km from Çorum. You should take the Sungurlu-Çorum road and then turn right at the 7th km and proceed for another 22-km in order to go there. The road conditions are good enough for all seasons. It is 5-km between Hattuşaş and Yazılıkaya. By the finding of the royal archive of cuneiform tablets in Boğazköy in 1906, one of the most ancient civilizations of Anatolia has been brought out to light. The Hittite civilization used to be one of the two biggest civilizations together with Egypt in the XIII century BC. The ruins of capital city Hattuşaş take place at the terrace formed plains and on the steep rocky hills in the southeast of Boğazkale Village. The findings indicate that the first settlements started at the Palaeolithic age and the main settlements took their place in the history in the Pre-Bronze Age (3000-2500 BC). The most ancient encrypted item belongs to XVIII century BC. The city of Hattuşaş has always been Hittites capital in the history. After the end of Hittite state the Phrygians came over to the city to settle. The items exhibited today are from the late Hittite period. Following the walking route we see; The Grand Temple in Aşağı Sevir, the city walls and the monumental Lion Gate Yer Kapı, the Toyal Gate, 31 temples in Yukarı Sevir, Nisan Tepe, Royal Palace and the Grand Castle. The Phrygian findings catching eye are the Bastion and the Southern Castle. 2-km on the northeast of Boğazköy is Yazılı kaya, an open-air temple.

The first pantheon known in Anatolia can be seen there. There are two spaces in Yazilikaya formed by natural rocks; the large and the small rooms; in these rooms are 63 reliefs of Hittite kings, queens, gods and goddesses. You can see some of the works found in the excavations in the Museum of Bogazkale. The rest are on the display in the Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

Alacahoyuk

Alacahöyük, 34-km in the north of Boğazköy and 45-km from Çorum is a settlement site dating back to 4000 BC. Very splendid golden, silver and bronze statues have been found out. They are displayed partly in the Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and in the local museum. The most striking work in the ruins is the Sphinx Gate. You can also enjoy seeing the temple and the palace complex and the relics of religious buildings.

Metal Workshop Dug Out

Excavations in Alacahoyuk continue. A metal workshop was dug out last year. Three pieces of golden and many more silver and bronze pieces of jewellery were found out.

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