Mount Nemrut, Turkey

A look at mystery of Turkey, by Kyna Perry, Ya’lla Tours USA…

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Mt. Nemrut, Turkey Mt. Nemrut, Turkey

Among Ya’lla destinations, Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut) ranks with Egypt’s pyramids and Petra for mysterious awesomeness. It’s often compared to Easter Island.

In the 1st century BCE, in what is today the Adiyaman province of south-central Turkey,  the grandiose king of a tiny but rich kingdom built this mortuary temple complex and shrine to the gods 7,000 feet up in the eastern Taurus mountains. Antiochus I was the king and Commagene was the kingdom, a Greek/Armenian/Persian kingdom  in the area between the Taurus mountains, the Euphrates river and Syria after the Greek and Seleucid Empires fell apart and before the Romans took full control.

Visit late May-mid October, July-August if you want to be sure to avoid snow (pretty sure). Whenever you go, dress warmly. Travel from Adiyaman (about 2 hours), Kahta (about 1.5 hours), or the village of Karadut (about 30 minutes). Adiyaman and Kahta have more tourist infrastructure but if you can find a spot in…

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