Nemrut Dağı, a fabulous road if you don’t mind heights
Mount Nemrut is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.134m (7,001ft) above the sea level, located in southeastern Turkey. The drive up the top is fabulous if you don’t mind heights and windy roads!
Mount Nemrut, also known as Nemrut Dagi is located in southeastern Turkey, between the major cities of Adiyaman and Malatya. The road to the pass is situated on the Arsameia antique road, and the surface is paved with cobblestone. The mountain was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987, because on the summit there are a number of large statues are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. Earthquakes have toppled the heads from most of the statues, and now many of the colossal bodies sit silently in rows, with the 2m-high heads watching from the ground As one approaches the summit the road becomes steeper. At the base of the summit and near the car park there is a small rest house and cafe which help visitors change into warmer clothes and provide tea and soft drinks before climbing the last 500 meters to the sanctuary. Try to make the trip on a clear day, so you will have a better view. You may want a jacket for the summit, even in summer. Even in high summer it will be chilly and windy on top of the mountain. This is especially true at sunrise, the coldest time of the day. Take warm clothing no matter when you go Winter is very harsh in this part of the world, so the national park is typically visited between late May and early October. Outside of these months, roads are often impassable through a thick layer of snow.
Pic: Margareth Yap
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