World heritage site Mount Nemrut attracts 52,000 tourists in southeastern Turkey

Published 26.10.2017 00:00
Updated 26.10.2017 13:17
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Towering 2,134 meters over Turkey's southeastern province of Adıyaman, Mount Nemrut has welcomed 52,000 visitors since the beginning of 2017, Director of Culture and Tourism Mustafa Ekinci told Anadolu Agency Thursday.

Known for its stunning sunset and sunrise views, Mount Nemrut holds a place in the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

One of the highest peaks of the Eastern Taurus mountain range in southeastern Turkey, Mount Nemrut is believed to have been the site of a first century royal tomb.

Armeninan King Antiochus I built monumental sculptures in his own honor at the mountain during the late Hellenistic period, including a temple tomb and house of the gods.

Other sculptures found at the site include two lions, two eagles and various Greek, Armenian and Iranian gods, such as Vahagn-Hercules, Aramazd-Zeus or Oromasdes, Bakht-Tyche and Mihr-Apollo-Mithras.

Conservation laws and its status as a first degree archeological site have protected the historic mountain from destruction and deterioration.

While Mount Nemrut's treasures can be admired any time of day, the site offers its full beauty at sunset.

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