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The main gate that connected the citadel with the Upper City was flanked by two rectangular towers; on either side of the outer portal stood two statues of lions. A viaduct of mud-brick on a stone foundation led to the gate; a timber pavement for horse-drawn carts covered this viaduct. Central Court are the remains of buildings B and C, which are believed to be shrines, as well as building D, the royal presence chamber with 25 wooden pillars. Buildings E and F in the extreme northern part of the citadel were the private apartments of the king.

The rock got its name (Ni anta means ‘marked rock’) owing to a long inscription in Luwian hieroglyphics discovered on one of the slopes. 5m long and comprises 11 lines. Unfortunately, it is badly weathered and the text has not been fully deciphered. qxd 31/7/08 11:33 Page 36 RIGHT In the central upper part of the photograph are the remains of the viaduct that once led from the Upper City to the main gate of the citadel of Hattusha, Büyükkale. It is the stone base of the viaduct that can be seen here today.

From the 8th through 6th centuries BC, the Büyükkale plateau was thickly built over by the Phrygians. Numerous fairly small structures now occupied the territory that once housed courts with colonnaded porches, residences of palace officials, temples and royal apartments. This rebuilding work was carried out to such an extent that only the experienced eye of an archaeologist can tell Hittite buildings from Phrygian ones. Old Hittite fortifications on the southern and eastern sides had seemingly suffered insignificant change and were reused.

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