Prepare to be amazed by the scenic and historic beauty of this unique city which was the first settlement of the Hittites in Anatolia and the home of many succeeding civilizations.
Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Hattusa has been the entrance gate to Anatolia and the capital city of the Hittite empire which was one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient East. The first settlement in this region occurred in 5000 BC by the indigenous peoples called the Hattie.
The walls, remains of great palaces, courtyards and the famous Lion’s gate of Hattusa, where the first cuneiform tablets were found, are some of the ruins that can be seen on site today. One of the largest and most magnificent monuments is the Yazılıkaya open air sanctuary. Built on high rocks, the walls of the temple are decorated with more than 90 depictions of gods, goddesses, animals and fantasy creatures.
Layers of different civilizations were unearthed at Alacahöyük the most important center of arts and religious rites during the early Bronze Age and Hittite periods. Alacahöyük is literally a historic treasure abounding in large structures, walls, sphinxes, water channels, monumental gates, houses and streets and even some precious jewelry.
Of religious and military significance Sapinuva, also known as Ortaköy, is another major city of the Hittite period. Various buildings were brought to light on the site where thousands of cuneiform tablets had been found.
Displaying the region’s unique artifacts, the Corum, Alacahöyük and Bogazköy museums feature also topographical maps and reenactments to take visitors on a journey through history.
The Iskilip, Corum, Osmancık Kandiber and Hacihamza castles and Corum and Sungurlu clocktowers are some of the historic structures worth the visit.
A variety of shrines and madrasas in addition to Ulu Mosque, Han Mosque and Hidirlik Mosques can give you some idea of the religious architecture of the Ottoman period.
You can enjoy the scenery while passing the Koyunbaba Bridge built on the Kızılırmak River and discover the traces of the near past while sightseeing the historic houses and mansions of Çorum.
Drawing the attention for its history and spectacular natural wonders, Çorum can also be explored in this respect.
Well known for its relief of the mythological goddess Cybele, the Incesu Canyon is a terrific location that lends itself to outdoor sports such as rafting and trekking. Kargı, Abdullah and Iskilip are some of the plateaus of the region where you can enjoy the sight of lush green forests and lakes and engage in watersports such as canoeing. The perfect location for jeep safari, the Osmancık Kunduz Forests invite outdoor sports enthusiasts to adrenaline-filled adventures.
Not to be missed are the traditional delicacies of the local cuisine such as Tiritli Tandır Böreği (Tandır pastry with minced meat), Iskilip dolma, Iskilip köfte (meat balls prepared in local style) and the roasted chickpeas with eggs which will delight the taster’s palate.
Furthermore, you may want to get some souvenirs or gifts for loved ones and consider purchasing some of the roasted chickpeas the city is known for and some woven fabric from Kargı or Eskialibey or some runners with shamrock motives.
Çorum, the capital city of one of the world’s largest civilizations the Hittites, is ever ready to welcome all visitors who want to explore this enigmatic city.