Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mount Nemrut, Turkey

Turkey-08, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

Nemrut or Nemrud is a 2,134 m (7,001 ft) high mountain in southeastern Turkey, notable for the vast statues at a 1st century BC tomb on its summit.

This tomb was excavated in 1881 by Karl Sester, an engineer from Germany. Subsequent excavations have failed to reveal the tomb of Antiochus. However, this is still believed to be the site of his burial. The statues have not been restored to their original positions.
In 1987, Mt. Nemrut was made a World heritage site by UNESCO. Tourists typically visit Nemrut during June through August. The nearby town of Adıyaman is a popular place for car and bus trips to the site, and one can also travel by helicopter. Mount Nemrut is part of a geographic area named the Armenian highlands by Russian and Soviet geographers.


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