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Boğazkale (formerly Boğazköy) is a small town of almost 1,400 people adjacent to the Hittite ruins of Hattusa which is behind me here. The museum is excellent and has many original pieces, one of which, the sphinx, was returned by Berlin Museum in Germany in 2011, following threats to impose restrictions on German archaeologists if it wasn't. There are a couple of mid range hotels and it's possible to hire a taxi to do a circuit of the ruins and go back the next day to explore some sites in depth. More info here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo%C4%9Fazkale

Hattusa was the former Hittite capital but was destroyed several times previously, but for the last time around 1200 BC. "Hattusa was destroyed, and the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III (1390–1352 B.C.) declared, in a letter tablet found at Tell el-Amarna, in Egypt, that “The Land of Hatti is finished!”"

Not quite. Hattusa was rebuilt Phoenix like and survived until around 1200 BC. Tarhuntassa, the new capital of the Hittites, has never been discovered. More info here:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/the-last-days-of-hattusa/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar%E1%B8%ABunta%C5%A1%C5%A1

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