Karatepe (in turkish means Black Hill) was important Hittite city in Taurus Mountains (Osmaniye Province). It was located on the high bank of the Ceyhan River and surrounded by stone walls.


  • City
  • visible
  • Location ± 100-500 m.
(see also PELAGIOS)



Karatepe – Azatiwataya

Building where are collected som sculpture from the city.

Azatiwada inscription, Karatepe

Karatepe Bilingual

Karatepe – Azatiwataya, Statue of Storm-god

Hittite Storm-god statue

Domuztepe on the Ceyhan

Nowadays flooded with water - Hittite fortified settlement


Surroundings (Panoramio)


Karatepe remains are organized as an open air museum - Karatepe Aslantaş Açık Hava Müzesi but some sculptures are collected in a small museum building at the top of the town.

The site was discovered by Prof. Helmut Bossert (1889-1961) and Dr. Halet Çambel (1916-2014) in 1946.


  1. Benno Landsberger, Sam'al, Studien zur Entdeckung der Ruinenstaette Karatepe, Druckerei der Türkischen Historischen Gesellschaft, 1948
  2. J. D. Hawkins and A. Morpurgo Davies, On the Problems of Karatepe: The Hieroglyphic Text, Anatolian Studies, vol. 28, 1978, pp. 103–119