Turkey 2013 promotional videos to feature Statue of Hittite

Turkey’s 2013 promotional videos and advertisements will feature the recently discovered statue of Hittite King Suppiluliuma II.

The 3,000 year old statue was discovered in Tell Ta’yinat – a low lying ancient tumulus based on the eastern bank of the ancient Orontes River.

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said: “The statue will also be the symbol of the Hatay Archaeological Museum. We will put the statue at the highest place in the museum. The statue is a big gain for Turkey.” Gunay said that statues from over civilisations found in Turkey represent part of the richness and culture of Turkey.

Statue of Hittite

Statue of Hittite

Gunay went on: “The statue will be Turkey’s tourism envoy in 2013 by means of its presence in the promotional advertisements and videos.”

Suppiluliuma II was said to be the last kind of the Hittite Empire and battled in the first recorded naval battle in history against Cyprus. The King was said to have ruled between 1178 and 1027 B.C.

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