The city is situated at the junction of the East and West civilisations, Mount Nemrut (Turkish Nemrut Daği) is one of the most astounding sites in Turkey: A collection of colossal statues on a remote mountain 2150m high, adorning the temple and tomb of King Antiochus. Unknown until 1881 when an Ottoman geologist discovered these 10 metre-high stone heads, archaeological work began in 1953 to uncover their history. İt has since been a significant attraction, with thousands sunrise and sunset visitors to see the stones in the best possible light. It has been designated a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO, and is one of the most important National Parks in the country. In addition to the statues, the entire site includes art from the Commagene civilisation, the Eskikale (Old Castle), Yenikale (New Castle), Karakus Hill and Cendere Bridge. Most people use the nearby towns of Malatya, Kahta or Adıyaman as a base, and the road to the summit is only open from mid-April to mid-October because of heavy snow the rest of the year.
Where to go?
Kahta Kommagene Festival
The Severn Bridge
How can I get there?
The nearest airport is in Adıyaman to Nemrut, about 15 km away, which has connections from many cities in Turkey. AnadoluJet, which is sub division of Turkish Airlines flies from Ankara Esenboğa International Airport to Adıyaman on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights depart at 6:55PM and arrive at 8:05PM to Adıyaman. There are frequent minibus (called as dolmuş in Turkish) services from Adıyaman, which depart every 15 minutes until around 22:00 PM.
There are private bus tours operate to Nemrut city from the nearby towns of Malatya (100km), Adiyaman (80km) and Kahta (43km), all of which are well connected with the rest of Turkey. The road approaching the summit is very steep and rough and not easy to drive, so most people prefer to take an organised bus tour which includes a day-trip, or perhaps an overnight-visit to see the ruins at sunset or at sunrise.