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The archaeological site of Nemrut Dağ in southeastern Turkey, grave site of Antiochus I, 7000 feet up in the Antitaurus Mountains. The mountain lies 40 km north of Kahta, near Adıyaman. In 62 BC, King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built a tomb-sanctuary on the mountain top flanked by huge statues (8–9 m ) of himself, two lions, two eagles and various Greek, Armenian, and Iranian gods, such as Hercules-Vahagn, Zeus-Aramazd or Oromasdes (associated with the Iranic god Ahura Mazda), Tyche, and Apollo-Mithras. These statues were once seated, with names of each god inscribed on them. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.
The Western terrace at sunset - Antiochus I, partly covered by snow.