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Mount Nemrut National Park in Turkey

Mount Nemrut

Adıyaman, July 14 (UITV): Mount Nemrut is a magnificent historical site located on the eastern Taurus mountain range in Turkey; it can be called as a Wonder of the World because most valuable monuments of the Kingdom of Commagene are present in this site.
King Antiochos I of Kommagene, who ruled from 69 to 34 B.C., had built this superb place as a monument to himself. Temple-tomb and house of the gods are noticeable.

Goddess of Commagene

In a cult inscription, King Antiochos declares that he had the site built for the ages and generations that were to follow him “as a debt of thanks to the gods and to his deified ancestors for their manifest assistance”.
In the evolution of World after his period, this place was unoccupied by inhabitants. Karl Sester, a German road engineer, rediscovered it in modern times in 1881. An expedition to Mt Nemrud was organized in 1882-83 by Karl Humann and Otto Puchstein, who published their findings in a book entitled Reisen in Kleinasien und Nordsyrien (Berlin 1890). UNESCO has inscribed Mount Nemrut on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 and called the site the 8th Wonder of the World.

Heads of Antiochus I Theos of Commagene and Zeus Oromasdes

There are several ruins on the top of Mount Nemrut which indicate that it was not a residence, but specifically built for the tumulus of Antioch and his sacred space.
Sunset on Mount Nemrut National Park is impressive activity which should not be missed during visit. It will become extraordinary sight as the sun sets and under the brilliant night stars in the mountain air.

Sunset

Antiochus instructed that every year after his death, great festivities would be held at the sanctuary – his birthday was celebrated on the 16th of each month and his coronation was celebrated on the 10th of each month.
Those who are interested in history of cultures would also find artefacts and structures from other civilisations that survived on this land which cradled various civilisations for thousands of years. It a very good place to visit for people who have interest on history.
Written by Adithya Dithu