Visiting Mount Nemrut (Nemrut Dagi) in southeastern Turkey stands out as two of the most memorable hours of Dave’s six week trip to the country.
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Mount Nemrut, one of the world’s most important historical and cultural heritage sites, was visited by nearly half a million people over the last five years, surpassing the population of many of Turkey’s provinces.
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Visitors snap photos of massive stone heads that stare down on them from the summit of Mount Nemrut, in Turkey’s southeastern Adiyaman province, their faces illuminated by sunset lighting. Perched at an altitude of 2,150 meters (over 7,000 feet), the statues are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom, built as a monument to himself. A 50 meter (164-foot) -high, man-made mound _ the presumed tomb of Antiochus _ sets the background. Son of the founder of the Commagene kingdom, Antiochus reigned between 64 and 38 BC, until he was deposed by the Romans.
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Turkey’s majestic Mount Nemrut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the southeastern Adıyaman province, continues to draw thousands of Turkish and international tourists hoping to experience its stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Mountain, located in Adiyaman province’s Kahta district, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More than 50,000 tourists visited the historic Mount Nemrut in southeastern Turkey in the first nine months of this year, a Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry local official said Thursday.
Mustafa Ekinci, the provincial head of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, said 52,000 tourists, including 2,000 foreigners, had visited the site.
Mount Nemrut, located in Adiyaman province’s Kahta district, has been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
It attracts tourists from around the world with its 50-meter high and 150-meter wide temple-tombs and deities.
Statues of Greek and Persian gods are also located on the site. A lion and an eagle statue at each end accompany the giant sculptures as guardians.
The monuments were erected on the orders of late Hellenistic King Antiochus I, during Commagene Kingdom, in the first century BC.