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Sunset on Turkey’s massive stone heads

Updated : 2019-10-06 15:27:03

Perched at an altitude of 2,150 meters, the massive stone heads of Mount Nemrut are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom, built as a monument to himself. It was discovered in 1881 by a German engineer and the monuments are among the best-known images of Turkey, featuring on postcards or Turkish tourism posters and ads.

Massive stone head statues are seen at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Perched at an altitude of 2,150 meters, the statues are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom built as a monument to himself. The ancient site, which includes giant 10-meter high, seated statues of King Antiochus I surrounded by ancient Gods, including Zeus and Apollo, was discovered in 1881 by a German engineer. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Massive stone head statues are seen at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Perched at an altitude of 2,150 meters, the statues are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom built as a monument to himself. The ancient site, which includes giant 10-meter high, seated statues of King Antiochus I surrounded by ancient Gods, including Zeus and Apollo, was discovered in 1881 by a German engineer. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists take photos at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists take photos at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists walk at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Today, the monuments are among the best-known images of Turkey, featuring on postcards or Turkish tourism posters and ads. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists walk at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Today, the monuments are among the best-known images of Turkey, featuring on postcards or Turkish tourism posters and ads. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists take pictures at sunset at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists take pictures at sunset at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Massive stone head statues are seen at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Massive stone head statues are seen at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists take photos at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Tourists take photos at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
In this early time exposure photo, massive stone head statues are seen at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
In this early time exposure photo, massive stone head statues are seen at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A woman waits for the sunset at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A woman waits for the sunset at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Massive stone head statues sit at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Massive stone head statues sit at the archaeological site of Mount Nemrut in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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