Karakuş Tümülüsü

sights / Historic

Karakuş Tümülüsü information

Eight kilometres north of Kahta on highway D360, a road forks left towards Sincik; 1.2km along here, a second fork left leads 700m to the Karakuş Tümülüsü, a large burial mound built in 36 BC. The small, loose stones covering the mound give it more than a passing similarity to the great cone-shaped mound atop Nemrut Dağı – which in good weather is clearly visible atop the highest peak in the mountains far to the northeast.

Unlike the Nemrut Dağı mound, this one can be climbed. It's ringed by a handful of columns – there were more, but the limestone blocks were used by the Romans to build the Cendere Bridge. An eagle tops a column at the car park, a headless bull tops one on the east side, and a faceless lion sits around the west side. An inscription found here explains that the burial mound holds female relatives of King Mithridates II, successor to Antiochus I who created the Nemrut Dağı mound.