Nemrut Dag, in the Taurus Mountains, lies in southwestern Anatolia and once belonged to the Kingdom of Comagena, whose culture combined a mix of Greek and Persian features.
Antiochus, the King of Comagena, had his mausoleum built on the top of this fantastic place. In addition to the believed place where his tomb might have been constructed, I was able to appreciate the stone slabs arranged in a pyramid shape, and also the several sculptures representing the royal family and some interesting Greek deities.
What impressed me the most about this historical site was the well preserved 1st century BC old statues and the magnificent surrounding views of the Euphrates River and Atatürk Dam. The whole region is breathtaking, and I still remember the beautiful contrast between the ochre and green- brownish tonalities of the mountains, along with the heavy hue blue color of the river.
This complex has been part of UNESCO Heritage since 1987 and remains one of the most important archeological sites in the region. To go all the way up to the top, we have to walk an enormous walkway, that makes us feel that we’re actually heading to a unique, isolated and overwhelming area. I personally didn’t look back, so that the impact of the surrounding views once on top, would be as powerful as possible. The surprise effect was indeed impressive, and I loved each and every moment I spent while visiting the unique place.
Turkey is the perfect example of a nation between a crossroad of cultures. It is a fantastic destination where we meet a broad range of historical aspects of different civilizations and religions within one single country.
by JOÃO LEITÃO