Kapilikaya Rock Tomb

Kapılıkaya Rock Tomb, located in Çorum, Turkey, is an archaeological site that offers insight into the ancient Hellenistic civilization that once inhabited the region.

Kapilikaya Rock Tomb

Kapılıkaya Rock Tomb, located in Çorum, Turkey, is a fascinating archaeological site that offers insight into the ancient Hellenistic civilization that once inhabited the region.

Situated near the village of Kargı in the Black Sea region of Turkey, Kapılıkaya Rock Tomb is believed to date back to the Hellenistic period, around the second centuriy BCE.

The tomb is carved into a massive rock outcrop, giving it a striking and imposing presence in the landscape. Its façade features intricate carvings and reliefs, showcasing the artistic skill of its creators. The entrance to the tomb is adorned with decorative motifs, including geometric patterns and stylized figures.

A steep trail winds up the left side of a rocky outcropping, leading to a platform of stairs before a tomb. Carved into the mountain, the tomb resembles a cube, blending with the natural rock at a few points. Its inner chamber can be accessed through a small square opening halfway up. An inscription above the entrance bears the name “IKEZIOS,” possibly linked to an ancient commander named Ikezius.

Despite its historical and cultural significance, Kapılıkaya Rock Tomb remains relatively unknown compared to other ancient sites in Turkey, such as Ephesus or Göbekli Tepe. However, efforts are underway to raise awareness about the site and to promote its preservation and conservation.

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Laçin Kapılıkaya Anıtsal Kaya Mezarı, Fatih, Çorum Laçin Yolu, 19020 Laçin/Çorum, Turkiye
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