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Near the town of Kadirli 120km northeast of Adana, this late Hittite sight is in a perfect setting in the Karatepe-Aslantas National Park on the edge of the dammed River Ceyhan. Dating from the 8th-century BC, it gained importance when it unlocked the secret of Hittite hieroglyphs, which chronicled the lives of the kings of Adana and simultaneously transcribed them into known Phoenician. The entry gateways, flanked by lions, remain, and there are a number of relief carvings.
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