The Sun Rises and Sets with a Unique Majesty at Nemrut!

A great view of statues with stars in the sky - Image Credit: Yasin Reçber

A great view of statues in Nemrut with shiny stars in the sky – Image Credit: Yasin Reçber

Situated in the Kahta county of Adıyaman province and described as the sacred place of Commagene Kingdom with its enchanting statues standing ten metres high and inscriptions that are several metres long, Mount Nemrut (Nemrut Dağ) was inscribed on the World Heritage List as a cultural asset in 1987.

Sunrise at Nemrut - Image Credit: bik.gov.tr

Sunrise at Nemrut – Image Credit: bik.gov.tr

The sun rises and sets with a unique majesty

Mount Nemrut is the highest open air museum in the world but the history is not the only thing makes Nemrut charming. It is also one of the best places to see the sun rise and sun set. You can witness the history and nature at the same place.

A beautiful sunset at Nemrut Mountain. Image Credit: anahtar.sanayi.gov.tr

A beautiful sunset at Nemrut Mountain. Image Credit: anahtar.sanayi.gov.tr

Nemrut is a Place Where Kings and Gods Meet

Nemrut Dağ houses the most majestic places of worship belonging to the Hellenistic Era in ancient Anatolia. According to the inscriptions, Antiochus I had a monumental tomb, a tumulus of cut stones over the tomb, and terraces along the three edges of the tumulus built in order to show his gratitude to the gods and his ancestors.

Nemrut Dağ houses the most majestic places of worship belonging to the Hellenistic Era in ancient Anatolia

Nemrut Dağ houses the most majestic places of worship belonging to the Hellenistic Era in ancient Anatolia

Those terraces are known as the East, West and North terraces. On the East and West terraces are giant statues, inscriptions and reliefs. Among the five statues that depict the gods is also the figure of Antiochus I. The row of statues starts with a lion and eagle statue. The lion, the king of animals, represents earthly power, and the eagle, the herald of the gods, represents heavenly power.

Nemrut General View - Image Credit: kulturturizm.gov.tr

Nemrut General View – Image Credit: kulturturizm.gov.tr

The East terrace contains the Gallery of Gods, the Gallery of Ancestors and the Altar. The arrays of sculptures on the East and West terraces are the same. However, the thrones on the East terrace and the heads of the sculptures on the West terrace are more lasting. Behind the stone blocks  aking the thrones of the statues of East and West terraces there is a cult inscription of 237 lines, written in Greek letters. The inscription was the will of Antiochus I, and contains information about the sanctuary as well as rituals that should be used for practising the cult. The North terrace, which contains incomplete bases and stelas was used as a passageway between East and West terraces, and it was surrounded by a sandstone wall.

Reference:

REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

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