While driving from Urfa to Antep, we were able to catch a glimpse of the snow-covered Taurus Mountains on the horizon. It was a pretty sight, especially with the impressive snow cover in December. Beyond these mountains lies the UNESCO site of Mount Nimrut, which closes in winter due to snow.
The big stone heads on Nemrut Dagi has fallen of huge sitting statues of gods and king Antiochus I. Antiochus ruled the kingdom of Commagene between 64 - 38 BC and thought of himself as a god-king. At the top of Nemrut Dagi he ordered the construction of temples and an artificial mound of rocks. It is believed that the tomb of Antiochus lies beneath this 50 metres high mound.
On the eastern terrace the sitting statues (without heads) are quite well preserved. The heads on the western side are the bigger ones.
The view from the summit is beautiful and it is well visited both at sunrise and sunset. The mountain is about 2000 meters and it can be both cold and windy on the top so bring a sweatshirt even if you are visiting in summertime.
The entrance fee to the National Park is 9 000 000 TL.
- Historical Travel
Atatürk Dam is one of the largest dams in the world. The run-off from the hugh reservoir that's been created generates a lot of energy and several irrigation tunnels distributes water for the plains to the south.
I went on a tour from Sanliurfa to Nemrut Dagi. On the way we stopped at the dam and then we drove down to the Euphrates river, for the brave ones to take a dip. The water was surprisingly cold. My feet became numb after just a few seconds. It was really freeeezing!
Harran, the oldest settlement...
Harran, the oldest settlement in the world (well, maybe), lies between Sanli Urfa and the Syrian border. There are ruins of a castle, a mosque and an ancient university, but more interesting is the village which has grown on top of these...many of the houses are shaped like beehives. More pictures in the travelogue...
elazig:a city in deep deep...
a city in deep deep east central turkey where I slept,I had almost no money left and went to an awful hostel (according to me);because I met a guy in a bank who told me that my hotel was nice and expensive.We went with his girlfriend to eat sweet cakes before a theater programme