October 21, 2011

Heads everywhere at Nemrut Dagi, Turkey

Location: mount Nemrut, Turkey (37° 58′ 54″ N, 38° 44′ 28″ E)
Date: 17 April 2010, 8.40am
Camera: Canon 400D with Sigma 17-70/f2.8-4.5

The fallen large head statues of the royal tomb atop Mount Nemrut (or Nemrut Dagi) in southwestern Turkey must be the most iconic symbols of Turkey after the minarets of its mosques in Istanbul and its Whirling Dervish dances. The site of the tomb is not easy to get to, if one is traveling independently as there is no transport that goes up the mountain. There are buses that go part of the way (for about 8 months of the year) and travellers will have to either hike or hitch a ride. As is the norm for such summit destinations, most travellers would want to get there for the sunrise or sunset. Accommodation options and quality for such activities are very limited- there are a few hotels at the base of the mountain but they are mainly tailored and frequently reserved for packaged groups. Nonetheless it is a worthwhile effort to visit this tomb if one visits Turkey. Apart from the surreal setting and the statues, the view from the summit is a bonus.

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Jaba --- Its Bonhomie said...

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Golf Tampa said...

I not only love the photography on your blog, but you include the camera and lens info - thank you. I can only hope this royal head statue does not suffer any further damage due to the earth quakes in the area.

laguna beach wedding photography said...

Brilliant picture, looks like it's going to fall down at any moment.

step motor controls said...

Its all fallen, the only thing remains is the head you captured. Really sad that such marvelous creations are being treated like that.