Top Ten Turkey Classic Adventures

Catch the Sunrise Over Mount Nemrut

You'll find plenty of severed heads on top of Mount Nemrut in central Turkey, but there aren't any headhunters here at 7,000 feet. The heads come from the the shrine of Antiochus Commagene, a megalomaniac monarch who built a vast burial mound and decorated it with statues of the gods. Time and earthquakes brought them tumbling to earth, where they lie today in picturesque disarray. Early birds rise long before dawn for a stiff half-hour trek up the mountainside to watch the sun rise over the statues; sleepyheads wait for the equally mesmerising sunset. In winter, ask around for a mule and guide to get you to the summit.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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