ADIYAMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF NEMRUT
Monumental sculptures of extraordinary beauty on the slopes of Mount Nemrut are located in Kahta District of Adıyaman. These magnificent ruins of the Hellenistic Period spread over the East, West, and North terraces of Nemrut at an altitude of 2206 meters, creating a magnificent view. The well-preserved 8-10 meters high sculptures, built by the King of Commagene Anntochos I to show his gratitude to the gods and ancestors, were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. The independent kingdom established by Mithradates I in the region known as Commagene gained importance during the reign of his son Antiochos I (62-63 B.C). Independence ended with the loss of the war with Rome in 72 A.D.
East Terrace: It is the most magnificent of the three terraces built by Antiochos I and has preserved its integrity. - Next to Antiochos I, the mother goddess of the country Commagene, the god Zeus-Orosmasdes in the middle, and Apollon-Mithras statues on the far right, Herakles-Artagnes statues on both sides, the protective eagle and lion statues, which are the symbols of the kingdom, are symmetrically located. There is also an altar of fire.
West Terrace: The same was done here with the statues on the eastern terrace. There are also four reliefs belonging to Persian ancestors.
North Terrace: It was prepared between the east and west terraces. It is thought to have been built in a ceremonial way. It is one of the best places in the world to watch the sunrise and sunset.