One of the most important legacies of antiquity the historical site of Mount Nemrut nowadays attracts the attention of visitors from many countries of the world.
Comprised of four sections and home to many statues and monuments, the ancient tumulus was made of piled-up pebbles and broken stones and surrounded by terraces adorned with fire altars made in Greco- Persian style.
The eastern terrace bears giant stone heads of gods seated on 10 meters high thrones. The stone heads are seated so as to face the east and the sun rise. The terrace bears respectively, the statues of the guardian eagle symbolizing the dominance of the Kingdom of Commagene in the skies; the guardian lion representing the sovereignty of the kingdom of Commagene on earth and the statues of the King of Commagene Antiochus I, Zeus, Apollo and Hercules. This section contains also King Antiochus’s 237-line testament including religious and social content. The northern and southern parts of the terrace are home to the stele reliefs of the royal family of Commagene. The statues are situated behind a fire altar and a lion statue sitting in front of them. Visitors can watch the terrific sun rise from this terrace.
Just like the eastern terrace, the western terrace is also adorned with giant stone heads of gods and a statue of King Antiochus I. In addition to the relief showing the King shaking hands with gods, the terrace is also home to the relief depicting Leo, the fifth Zodiac sign of Astrology. The terrace is a convenient place to watch the sunset and its stunning colors.
The Northern terrace on the other hand, is a ceremonial gateway connecting the other two terraces to each other. This wing contains also steles and pedestals in unfinished state.
Arsameia, which was the administrative headquarter of the Commagene Kingdom during summers, is located east of the Kahta stream. Known as the Arsameia Ruins, the southern part of the region bears a ceremonial gateway, and many statues and steles in addition to the biggest Greek inscription of Anatolia.
Visitors of the region should not miss the opportunity to eat at the fish restaurants located at Baraj Lake and buy original souvenirs depicting the statues of Nemrut.
Among the most impressive peaks of the world, Nemrut will impress you with its unique scenic beauty.