Blogs from Mount Nemrut , Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey, Middle East


We set up camp in a 'hotel' near Mount Nemrut. Hotel in quotes as it's actually a bit of a dive, but hey, thems the knocks when you wanna see something amazing. It's freezing and I'm given a 'heater' for my room. It works, but there are alarming sparks from the back when the switch is turned on and off. The handle to the bathroom comes off in my hand, there's no light bulb in the main ceiling light and at some point the door has had a fist through it and has been patched up. Room 101 is scrawled on the door in felt tip pen. The communal room where we are to eat has a door at each end that may as well not be there, a blast of cold coming in every time ... read more
Mount Nemrut statues
Catching the shuttle bus up Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut statue

We finally get a lie in this morning and yay it coincides with me getting a room to myself in a nice hotel. I have another shower, just because I can and luxuriate in my massive, comfortable bed. When we do set off I'm glad to be leaving this odd little town behind. I feel like there's a whole lot we didn't get to know about this place, but that might just be my perceptions. As we carry on our journey we are moving through the mountains still, but as usual with Intrepid they have thought of everything and give us something to take a look at to break up our journey to Kahta. We stop at a waterfall. Some in my group didn't get to see the waterfall near Antalya so this is a first ... read more
Do not press the lumps!
Lining up for a selfie photo.
Little princess  Fatma

Getting off the bus at what is laughably called the Erzurum Otogar - it's a new building surrounded by fields next to a motorway that's as close to Erzurum as Nottingham Forest are to winning the Premier League, we were faced with a challenge. How to get into town ? Nobody spoke English, the taxi office was deserted, and despite my earlier comments re Turkish words the bus timetable made as much sense as I will once I manage to find those first elusive beers after a few alcohol free weeks. Luckily we spotted a battered old bright yellow Renault 12 taxi with an equally old driver lurking in the car park. We ran over and bagged him before anybody else could. He switched on the meter, when was the last time we were in a ... read more
Antiochus, Hercules, Eagle, Lion
Antiochus, Hercules, Eagle, Lion
Apollo, Tyche

Der Tag begann chaotisch, das Navi schickte uns in die verschiedensten Richtungen. Ich endete in einem Tal, die Straße endete auch - es blieb nur eine Möglichkeit, nämlich umkehren. Und dann standen mehrere Polizisten mit Gewehr am Straßenrand, ich fragte sie nach dem Weg, bekam Antwort in fließendem Türkisch, fuhr weiter. 15 Min später holten mich die Männer ein, merkten, dass ich immer noch keine Ahnung hatte, befahlen mir, ihnen zu folgen - was ich mit Begeisterung tat. Jedenfalls solange, bis ich unseren Van auf der entgegenkommenden Seite sah - da wendete ich umgehend und sauste ihm nach. Nach einer wilden Schotterstraße, die ich angeblich gefahren bin "like a demon" waren wir wieder auf einer der bekannten vierspurigen Straßen. Die Hitze war recht unangenehm - bis 32°. Aber dann oben, wo unser Hotel lag (auf dem ... read more
Auffahrt zum Nemrut

Mount Nemrut After an interesting day of eating a lot of dust in road construction, getting somewhat lost trying to find the road not on the map, and then being sorry we did, we got to Mt. Nemrut, the home of the giant carved heads. The road is skinny, twisty, and steep. Then there is a good climb to get to the heads. Unlike many tourist sites, they look just like the pictures. Our hotel was pretty basic, and was a special adventure because they had no electricity, and therefore no lights or hot water. We ate dinner by headlamp and went to bed early. We did have lights to see to pack up in the morning and head off to Ezurum.... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Mount Nemrut September 26th 2013

It was a good start to the day, the previous night Ian had given one of his lighters to the Manager at the site (certain colours on it which the Kurd’s have a link to, we have given away a few of these in the past!) and we were offered a free breakfast. Woolly says – I was straight to the buffet table to collect my hard boiled eggs, bread, melon and grapes, I left the salad for someone else. Fed and watered we finished packing up and hit the road. Ollie would need some fuel but we decided to leave it for a bit, that was the first mistake of the day. After trying several petrol stations with each telling us ‘No Benzene’, we carried on for a while but realising that we were heading ... read more
Dieties 1
Deities 2

I had arranged the tour via email with one of the employees at the Güneş Hotel where I would spend the night close to the summit of Mount Nemrut. In Trabzon I told my Japanese friend Kash my plans and he decided to go to Nemrut on the way to Cappdocia. We bought our tickets for the 15½ hour journey from Trabzon to Malatya where we would start the tour. Arriving at the Malatya otogarat 9:00 am gave us enough time to get to the center by public bus (1.50TL), find Ramazan from the Malatya tourism office, and most importantly grab some brekky before the 12 pm departure. Normally there is a lunch stop on the way to Nemrut but the restaurant was closed since it was Ramadan. That suited me fine as I was eager ... read more
Nemrut Dağı
Nemrut Dağı
Nemrut Dağı

For the past week, I’ve been roaming the ruins of Southeastern Turkey, an area also known as Mesopotamia, or the “Cradle of Civilization.” It’s an area so rich with history that even an abridged version would take pages to summarize. For all my interest in antiquity – and my enjoyment in strolling down its avenues – it’s the people that occupy these ancient cities today that made these sites more than just a page in a book and a dot on the map. If you measure civility by a culture’s propensity to treat others with respect and courtesy then it’s here, in its birthplace, that I have found the most civilized people. The next few entries will be dedicated to these generous souls. From Mustafa in Nemrut to Azad in Dara; Eland in Hasankeyf and Ibrahim ... read more
Eastern Terrace
Western Terrace

Hello everybody: We are writing from Nemrut in Eastern Turkey where we just heard that there was a 7.2 earthquake, centered near Van, which is fairly close by. We just wanted you to know that we didn't feel the quake and we are fine. We will send you another entry about this trip in the next few weeks. Affectionately, Bill and Carol... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Mount Nemrut September 19th 2011

The next day Mehmet had a trip organised for us to Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut). It turned out to be a 450 km round trip, which was a long day but truely well worht it. Mehmet's car is Air Conditioned so the driving was fine. It was the hiking to and walking around the sites in 38 - 40 deg that got to us. Nemrut Dagi is in Nemrut Dagi National Park and to get there we had to cross the Euphrates River by Ferry Boat. I remembered the Euphrates River from my Sunday School teachers as it was one of the 4 rivers that flowed out of the Garden of Eden. I am not particuarly religious but it made me think as we chugged across the river on the ferry boat, that the countryside around ... read more
Euphrates River Ferry Boat
The Road we had travelled from the Euphrates
About to climb Nemrut Dagi

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