Stone Heads of Anatolia


Location: Mount Nemrut Map

Constructed: 62 BC by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene


Stone Heads of Anatolia is a group of carved heads of animals and humans at the base of the Mount Nemrut in Turkey. It was constructed in 62 BC by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. In 62 B.C. the king of Commagens Antioch I Theos from the Armenian dynasty of Yervidov built a tomb on the top of Mount Nemrut - a sanctuary surrounded by huge statues 8 - 9 meters high. The center of the tomb is a mound of small stones on the top of the mountain, 49.8 meters high and 150 meters wide at the base. Under the barrow is the tomb of Antiochus I of Kommagensky (69-38 BC). The edges of the rocky peak on which the tomb is located, on three sides turned into large terraces. Two of them are decorated with five majestic seated statues 8 meters high: in the middle is the figure of Zeus, on the sides personified by "Kommagena" and the king Antioch, on the edges of Apollo and Hercules.

In 1882 and 1883, it was investigated by German archaeologists Otto Puchstein and Karl Human.

In 1987, archaeological sites on top of the mountain were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Monuments of Nemrut-Dag appear in one of the episodes of the film "Samsara".