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If large groups of domestic Turkish tourists at sunrise taking selfies and group photos at the eastern group of statues, (thus blocking nearly all sunlight to illuminate the statues), becomes too much for you, it's an easy 5 minute walk around the tumulus capping the 2,134-metre-high (7,001 ft) mountain to the western facing group of statues seen here.

"The western terrace contains a large slab with a lion, showing an arrangement of stars and the planets Jupiter, Mercury and Mars. The composition was taken to be a chart of the sky on 7 July 62 BC. This may be an indication of when construction began on this monument."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nemrut

Some of the statues seen here are the head of the Persian Eagle God, Zeus - Oromasdes, Goddess of Kommagene (Tyche), Heracles (Hercules), Artagnes Ares (Mars), & Apollo/Mithra/Helios/Hermes. If you look carefully in the bg you can spot a couple of lion sculptures too. I have uploaded a workshop showing King Antiochos at left in a rare moment of sunlight without the shadows of 30 domestic tourists. Antiochos was the Armenian king of Commagene, and he is believed to be buried in the Tumulus. It is not possible to excavate the tumulus because as soon as you dig away a hole at the base, it fills with more stones from above. I have no idea if radar and xrays have ever been used to scan the tomb.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_I_Theos_of_Commagene

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