Yesemek Archaeological Site

Yesemek is an ancient Hittite quarry and sculpture workshop in Turkey's Gaziantep Province. The site was known to have begun operations during the reign of Hittite king Suppiluliuma I. According to the research, the site ceased to be operational at the end of the eighth century, and the workers were taken away by Assyrians. The site then stands still until the late 1980s. Today, the region is home to sphinxes, gate lions, sitting lions, winged lions, reliefs of the Mountain Gods representing the Amanos Mountains, and many more ancient artifacts. Yesemek Archaeological Site is also an open-air museum at the same time.