The tombs sculpted from the rock face of the cliff across the river from Dalyan are from the days of the Lykians about 2400 years ago. The mountain lies 40 km (25 mi) north of Kahta, near Adıyaman.In 62 BCE, King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built on the mountain top a tomb-sanctuary flanked by huge statues 8–9-metre high (26–30 ft) of himself, two lions, two eagles and various Greek and Iranian gods, such as Heracles-Artagnes-Ares, Zeus-Oromasdes, and Apollo-Mithras-Helios-Hermes. It's usually not possible to climb right up to the tombs, as access is fenced off. This was a period during which the once mighty Seleucid Empire was beginning to disintegrate, allowing certain areas of its empire to break free from the centralised control of the Seleucids. Three of the tombs have columns in the facade, one tomb with six and the other two tombs have four columns. One of the most spectacular things for me was the approach to the site. The building was designed by the Greek architects Pythius (sources spell the name variously, which has cast doubt on his identity) and Satyros. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. [1], The site was added to the tentative list in the cultural category of UNESCO World Heritage Site on April 13, 2014. One is the Tomb of the Kings, containing the tomb, hewn into the rock, of Queen Helena, originally from Kurdistan, who converted to Judaism and moved to Jerusalem around 30 CE. It was said that all he touched turned to gold. An inscription on the … The earliest examples of these are said to have been carved in the 5 th century BC, and can be found in places such as Myra and Amasia. In the ninth century BCE, the city became the capital of the Phrygians, a Thracian tribe that had invaded and settled in Asia. Also buried there are first century figures, Nicodemus Ben Gurion, a wealthy philanthropist, and his friend Kalba Savua, the rich father-in-law of Rabbi Akiva. Kaunos was a city of ancient Caria and in Anatolia, a few km west of the modern town of Dalyan, Muğla Province, Turkey. The monumental king tombs are carved in limestone rock formation after Mithridates I (reigned 281–266 BC) established the Kingdom of Pontus and made Amaseia (modern Amasya) the capital city. Alternatively, board one of the private rowing boats moored next to Saki restaurant in Dalyan (₺15 return); it will take you across the river to the teensy settlement of Çandır, from where it's a five-minute walk to the tombs. There are nine more rock-tombs inside the Amasya Fortress on the slope of the Mt. 3 days ago Mysterious Stonehenge Like Structure Found Below The Michigan Lake. [1][4], "Mount Harşena and the Rock-tombs of the Pontic Kings", "Amasya Harşena Dağı Ve Pontus Kral Kaya Mezarları Unesco Dünya Miras Geçici Listesinde", "Harşena Dağı ve Pontus Kral Kaya Mezarları (Amasya) [2015]", Tentative list of World Heritage Sites in Turkey, Early Period of Anatolian Turkish Heritage: Niksar, The Capital of Danishmend Dynasty, Kızılırmak Delta Wetland and Bird Sanctuary, Sümela Monastery (The Monastery of Virgin Mary), Haci Bayram Mosque and its Surrounding Area (the Haci Bayram District), Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA), Eshab-ı Kehf Kulliye (Islamic-Ottoman Social Complex), The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman citadel, Tushpa/Van Fortress, the Mound and the Old City of Van, Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment, Eflatun Pinar: The Hittite Spring Sanctuary, St.Paul Church, St.Paul's Well and surrounding historic quarters, The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos, Ismail Fakirullah Tomb and its Light Refraction Mechanism, The Underground Water Structures in Gaziantep; Livas' and Kastels, Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tombs_of_the_kings_of_Pontus&oldid=951879813, Burial sites of Ancient Persian dynasties, Buildings and structures in Amasya Province, Articles containing Turkish-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, Wooden Roofed and Wooden Columned Mosques in Anatolia, This page was last edited on 19 April 2020, at 10:43. The area is called "Valley of the Kings" in respect to the kingdom's size as the largest in northern Anatolia and its glorious past for hundreds of years during the Hellenistic period. The archaeological mound at Türkmen-Karahöyük. The tombs contain big stone grave chambers inside.