East Turkey- Nemrut Dagi

Nemrut Dagi is the highest mountain in the old Commagene empire that existed in the first century BCE. King Antiochus 1 must have been a meglomaniac as he wanted to build a holy place and may be his burial place on top of this mountain. He  built a huge pyramid on the top and had made a large number of stone statues of himself and a number of gods. This was rediscovered in the 1880s and has been excavated. It is a tough climb to get there and I have problems to see how it was to build this more than 2000 years ago. It shows what extreme demands misuse of power can lead to. Even if it is impressive, I also felt it depressing and in my opinion the message is: Never give any person so much power!

When we came to the parking lot it was only +2Celsius and strong gale against, so I did not climb to the top. The pictures are  not mine and are definitely taken when the weather was nicer. It is absolutly a place to visit.



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