Mount Nemrut, the monumental resting place of King Antiochus I Theos from the Kingdom of Commagene, is one of the most fascinating ancient places in Turkey.
On the top ten list of the archaeological sites of Asia Minor, Mount Nemrut's Royal Mausoleum of King Antiochus is a spectacular sight on a global scale. At the same time, it is an archaeological site that still holds many secrets. Until now, it has not been possible to determine with certainty what the artificial embankment on the peak of the mountain coceals. What's more, astronomy enthusiasts can try to solve the mystery of the famous ''lion horoscope'' carved on one of the bas-reliefs decorating the mountain.
A MAGNIFICENT SUNRISE
One of the essentail rituals of visiting Mount Nemrut is enjoying the sunrise from the summit. King Antiochus, revering his ancestors in Western and Eastern civilisations, erected giant statues of gods on the East and West terraces and cited their names both in Persian and Greek. So visitors enjoy watching the unique sunrise together with the statues of gods who have been witnessing it for two thousand years.