ADIYAMAN AND MOUNT NEMRUT

ADIYAMAN AND MOUNT NEMRUT

MOUNT NEMRUT, THE PLACE INHABITED BY GIANT MONUMENTAL STATUES, IS ON UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE LIST.

This September, if you climb Mount Nemrut you can be at 2206 meters of altitude where the sunset and sundown is viewed the greatest.

Mount Nemrut, located in Adıyaman’s Kâhta district, is one of the Hellenistic Era’s most magnificent ruins with the large monument replacing the grave of Kommagene King Antiochos I who had ruled on those slopes and had the grave made to show his gratitude to his ancestors and the gods, its statues, and unique view.

The grave that cannot be found
Even though its existence is known, the original grave of Antiochos I has not been found to this day and the area that is covered with the giant monumental statues is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.  Not only the monumental statues, but also an astronomical engraved map, which is a relic from the Helenistic Era, is located there. According to a rumor, this astronomical map in the shape of a lion narrates the story of Jesus Christ’s birth.

National park
These giant monumental statues that do not attract only Turkish tourists, but tourists from all over the world; have been spread to the east, west and north terraces. The eastern terrace is the holy center and that is why the most important statues and architectural ruins have been found here. The giant statues have been well preserved and are made out of limestone blocks and have a height that spans from 8 to 10 meters. Nemrut Mountain, which is located in the middle of the Southeast Taurus’, is now a national park and hosts one of the Kommagene Kingdom’s ancient cities and an archeological site.

Besides the giant statues, you may also visit Arsameia (Eskikale), Yenikale, Karakuş Hill and The Cendere Bridge inside the Mount Nemrut National Park.