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The Nemrud is a mountain of the Taurus Range, in Adiyaman. From a height of 2,150 metres it dominates the entire landscape. From whatever side you approach it, its distinctive peak can be seen. The mountain was transformed into sanctuary of priest Kommagenna. Three terraces were built on the mountain. The East, West and North Terrace. To make these terraces large enough, the builders of Kommagene had to cut away almost the whole mountain top. For the East Terrace alone 1,500 cubic metres of solid rock had to be cut away.On a row of five enormous statues. Massive and lifeless, they look down on you from their thrones. They are in perfect harmony with the surrounding mountain landscape.The fallen heads of the statues have been set in front of them.

You see from left to right:

Apollo/Mithras/Helios/Hermes

The Goddess of Kommagene

Zeus/Oromasdes

King Antiochus I Theos

Artagnes/Herakles/Ares

The gods are shown sitting, not as is usual, standing, because the top of Mount Nemrud is their home. "Here," says King Antiochus, "are standing their heavenly thrones".

Originally the statues were 8 to 10 metres high. They are made of limestone, now dull and weathered.

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