Nemrut Dagi In 24 Hours..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

This is it, Nemrut Dagi, 10 long years I've waited for this moment and to be able to share it with Kat on our honeymoon makes it even that much more sweeter.

You see, 10 years ago Karlos and I made the decision to go from Cappadocia (Goreme) to Nemrut Dagi to see the famous fallen statues of a long forgotten king. Unfortunately the Kurdish insurgency was happening so we were unable to make the trip as the Turkish army had locked the region down.

Well, that was then and this is now. We made it and we couldn't be happier. All along the trip people had been reporting to us that they were really disapointed with the site so we went in with little to no expectations. God, their expectations must have been sky high as we were very very impressed.

To outline briefly the Mt Nemrut Dagi history - the summit was created when a megalomaniac local king cut two ledges in the rock, filled them with colossal statues of himself and the gods (his relatives or so he thought) then ordered an artificial mountain peak of crushed rock 50 metres high to be piled between them. It's speculated the kings tomb and 3 female relatives lies beneath the crushed rocks.

Over the years earthquakes have toppled the heads from most of the statues and now many of the colossal bodies sit silently in rows with the 2 metre high heads watching from the ground. A true falling from grace.

The two main times for viewing are sunrise and sunset due to the harshness of the sun during the day. We visited at sunset after a long day travelling from Urfa in shitty minivans packed to the rafters with no air-conditioning. Pretty bad I can tell you, some nice odours going around that's for sure.

Well, what can one say. It was a wonderful spectacle to behold and certainly worth the ten year wait. The actual site is something to behold and then to sit there and watch the sun go down over the statues was breathtaking. We loved every second of it.

We were doubly lucky to have an Austrian christian choir in the house knocking out a few of their happy clapper favourites. Man, they rocked the house.

A big hello to Etienne and Charles from France. Hope the rest of your trip was fun and you finally got over the Turkisk Tummy.

Well, that's Turkey done and dusted. We're off to Syria next and will be coming through Turkey again but only in passing (not sure we could suffer through another frigging kebab).

Hoshchakal Turkey, it's been great but it's time for us to get the hell out of here.

Next pod, Aleppo - Syria.


Nath and Kat.
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