Hittite Sun Course Monument

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Hittite Sun Course Monument
Hitit Güneş Kursu Antı
Deer Sculpture Sıhhiye Ankara.jpg
Hittite Sun Course Monument
Hittite Sun Course Monument is located in Turkey
Hittite Sun Course Monument
Location of Hittite Sun Course Monument in Turkey
Coordinates40°37′57″N 35°48′43″E / 40.6325°N 35.8119°E / 40.6325; 35.8119Coordinates: 40°37′57″N 35°48′43″E / 40.6325°N 35.8119°E / 40.6325; 35.8119
LocationAnkara, Turkey
DesignerNusret Suman (architect)
Height4 m (13 ft)
Opening date1978
Restored date2001
Dedicated toHittites
Hittite Sun Course Monument and Sıhhiye Square

The Hittite Sun Course Monument (Turkish: Hitit Güneş Kursu Anıtı) is a memorial dedicated to Hittites created by sculptor Nusret Suman, and placed in the Sıhhiye Square in 1978.[1]


It is a replica of a Hatti monument unearthed in excavations at Alacahöyük. In 1973, the symbol of the city was made by Mayor Vedat Dalokay.[2] Examples of the Hittite Sun Course from the tombs of the Hatti kings can be seen in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The Hittite Sun Course Monument was presented to the people of Ankara by the Anatolian Insurance Co. in 1977. The symbol of Ankara University is the Sun Disc. This symbol is commonly regarded as belonging to the Hittite civilization and usually connotes Ankara and Anatolia.

Hittite Sun Course: Between 1977-1995, about 18 years is used as the symbol of Ankara Municipality. However, on June 29, 1995, this logo was amended as required by the decision of the Metropolitan Municipal Assembly of Ankara.


  1. ^ Carrie Simpson (June 6, 2011). "Ankara's Sun Disk". Turkish Adventures.
  2. ^ "The Country and the People The Country Geographical and Political Location Turkey" (in Turkish). Izmir Katip Çelebi University. 2014.

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