Hasan Dag and Catal Huyuk

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Mount Hasan (Turkish: Hasan Dağı) is an inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province, Turkey. With an altitude of 3,253 m (10,672 ft.), it ranks as the second highest mountain of central Anatolia. A caldera 4-5 kilometres wide formed near the current summit around 7500 BC, in an eruption recorded in Neolithic paintings.

The ancient settlement of Catal Huyuk collected obsidian from the area of Hasan Dag, which was probably traded with other settlements for luxury goods. The importance of Hasan Dag to the people of Catal Huyuk may be shown by a wall painting, sometimes called the “first landscape” by art historians, which many believe is a depiction of Hasan Dağ towering over the settlement’s houses.

It is approximately a six hours’ walk is to climb to the top of the mountain from the highest point accessible by car. The summit offers a view over the central Anatolian plateau, including distant…

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