Antiochus I, king of the Commagene kingdom, had this monument constructed in the 1st century BC. The king re-contoured the remote mountaintop, and topped it with a gracefully symmetrical 150-foot dome made of small white limestone rocks. At the base of the dome he created terraces, and on the terraces are seated monumental stone statues, their beautifully carved heads several yards away from their bodies. At sunrise and sunset the heads pick up the luminous glow of the sun, and the Euphrates far below is a river of molten silver. Nemrut Dağ has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013