Boğazkale Archaeological Site


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Boğazkale, formerly Boğazköy, is the center of a district in Çorum Province in Central Anatolia, Turkey. The place is 82 km away from the city of Çorum. The now rather insignificant place was once the capital of the Hittite Empire under the name Ḫattuša (Hattusha).



The district is located in the south of the province between the districts of Sungurlu in the west and Alaca in the east. The southern border is the central district (Merkez) of Yozgat Province.



Boğazkale, which bears traces of the Chalcolithic period in its history, has its earliest settlement dating back to 5000 BC. Boğazkale, which includes the ancient city of Hattuşaş in the 17th and 13th centuries BC, 4 km east of the district, took its place in history as the capital of the Hittite Empire.

Yazılıkaya, the magnificent open-air temple of Hattusa in Boğazkale district, where there are ruins from the Hatti, Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, Galatian, Roman and Byzantine periods, is one of the important historical places of the district.

Dölarslans, one of the nobles who came to the region after the collapse of the Dulkadiroğulları Principality, had a mansion complex built in Boğazkale in 1664.

The municipality organization was established on September 6, 1966 in the settlement, whose name was Boğazköy in the first years of the Republican period and later changed to Boğazkale in 1936, and it was separated from Sungurlu in 1987 and made into a district.



The district was formed on July 4, 1987 by splitting off Bucak Boğazkale from Sungurlu County. At the last census before the territorial change (1985), Bucak had 11,252 inhabitants and, in addition to the capital (Bucak Merkezi), consisted of 15 villages (Köy).

In addition to the district town, today's district consists of 14 villages (Köy) with an average of 175 inhabitants. The largest village, Yekbas, has 854 inhabitants today (2020), compared to 2022 in 1985. With 14 inhabitants per square kilometer, the district has the second lowest population density in the province. The district town of Boğazkale is home to about 33 percent of the district's population.