Mount Nemrut

Throne of the Gods

One of Turkey’s most famous archaeological sites known for the summit where a number of large statues are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb.

Mount Nemrut is one of Turkey’s most famous sites. It is renowned for the colossal stone heads at the top of 2150 meters high Mount Nemrut National Park are one of Turkey’s most famous sites. These large statues were erected around what is believed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. The site is one of the main tourist attractions of Eastern Turkey.

Often referred to as the Throne of the Gods, Mount Nemrut is located 53 km from Kahta district, in southeastern Turkey. The Greek and Persian gods statues about 33 feet in height, formed part of the tomb and temple complex built by Antiochus I ( 69–34 B.C BC), who reigned over the Commagene kingdom. It was flanked by huge statues of himself, two lions, two eagles and Greek, Armenian and Persian gods including Zeus and Apollo.

Over the centuries, the statues had lost their heads, and lay scattered throughout the site, due to frequent earthquakes or because of iconoclasm. Over time, the world heritage site, was lost, only to be rediscovered in 1881 by Karl Sester, a German archaeologist. However, it took some 70 years before archaeological activity began. While most of the heads have been found, many statues have yet to be found and restored. But, temples, bas-reliefs, and inscriptions have been found.

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